Canada-India Free Trade Agreement Negotiations Status of the Negotiations

Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association 2012-03-19

Canada welcomed the conclusion of the fourth round of negotiations toward a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) that took place February 13 to 16, 2012, in New Delhi (see News Release: Deeper Canada-India Trade and Investment Ties Will Create Jobs for Hardworking Canadians and Growth for Businesses of All Sizes). A fifth round of negotiations is scheduled to take place in April or May. CEPA negotiations remain a key priority in the Government of Canada’s international trade plan and Canada will seek to conclude the CEPA in 2013. In December 2011, Canada and India completed the third round of negotiations and progress was made in the areas of rules of origin, trade facilitation, technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and trade in services, including temporary entry for business persons, telecommunications, and financial services. For more information on these negotiations, please see additional background information.

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