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Changes to NAFTA are coming. What effect will it have?

What is NAFTA? The North American Free Trade Agreement is a trilateral trade agreement between Canada, the USA, and Mexico. It has facilitated the flow of goods and labour between the participating nations and has contributed to the economic stability of the continent since 1994. The politics surrounding free trade have done a total 180 since NAFTA’s enactment. North American governments have been relatively pro free trade in the la...

German Court Rejects CETA Blocking Attempt

Flashback a few months ago, Canada’s chief negotiator in the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), was reassuring parliamentarians sitting on the Commons Trade committee that he was confident the deal would go forward and would receive all necessary ratifications from EU members. For a while, Canadian officials and EU members held their breaths as Germany’s Constitutional Court was hearing all sides in th...

Major Canadian Trade Developments in 2016

Although it seems like 2017 is just around the corner, it’s important to keep in mind that there are a few months still left in 2016 and that so much can happen, in so little time. There are major trade developments that have and will influence Canadian businesses that import or export goods and services. Many of these are the results on discussions and negotiations that have been going on for years and may well be in the implementation and rat...

New Easy Labeling Coming to Canada for Health Products

Health Canada has released a guide on product labels to help better understand and safely use health products by making it easier for both consumer and professionals. The guidelines provided by Health Canada are included in two “Good Label and Package Practices” guides which cover both over the counter and prescription drugs. The combination of both guides will allow the industry to clearly follow mandatory labeling requirements to result ...

Accelerating Canadian Seafood Sales to China

Hailed as an 'industry-first', an agreement between the largest online seafood trading platform in the world, Gfresh and the China Certification and Inspection Group Canada, was signed during the last edition of the BC Seafood Expo in early June. Thanks to the signed agreement, suppliers on Gfresh will have access to a Canada-based pre-inspection of their products heading to China. The inspection service is provided by a third party, which has...