On July 27, 2019, the Global Affairs Canada started a consultation on whether South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom should join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership ("CPTPP"). An announcement was published in the Canada Gazette, Part 1. Global Affairs Canada has also indicated in a backgrounder that they "welcome views on the potential accession of any other Asia-Pacific economy". In other words, stakeholders may make submissions on whether China should be permitted to join the CPTPP.
Stakeholders include individuals, businesses (including SMBs), industry associations, experts, consultants, academics, civil society organization, labour unions, governments, indigenous groups, students and youth and other interested Canadian stakeholders.
The deadline for filing submissions is August 25, 2019 at 11:59PM EST. However, it should be noted that any submissions filed will be available to the public.
Submissions should include the following:
Contributor's name and address and, if applicable, the name of the contributor's organization, institution or business; 2. The specific issues being addressed; and 3. Where possible, precise information on the rationale for the positions taken, including any significant impact it may have on Canada's domestic or international interests.
Global Affairs Canada has indicated that it would like input on the specific markets that Canadians and businesses would be supportive of acceding to the CPTPP. Global Affairs Canada is looking for the following issues to be addressed in submissions.
Goods of export or import interest (identified by Harmonized System [HS]/Tariff codes) that would benefit from the expedited or phased-in removal of tariffs and other barriers by the market of interest or Canada, as well as any import sensitivities; Rules of origin, for specific products or sectors (identified by HS/Tariff codes), that would be required to benefit from preferential tariff treatment; Origin procedures to administer the rules of origin, including any customs processes that may have an impact on accessing preferential tariff treatment; Non-tariff barriers (such as import licensing, administration of tariff-rate quotas, taxes, lack of transparency), technical barriers to trade (including technical regulations, standards or conformity assessment procedures), and sanitary and phytosanitary measures; Border and customs issues that have an impact on the...