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The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is a progressive trade agreement between the EU and Canada. It entered into force provisionally in 2017, meaning that most of the agreement now applies.

All national (and in some cases regional) parliaments in EU countries need to approve CETA before it can take full effect.

CETA features some of the strongest commitments ever included in an EU trade agreement, including on promoting labour rights, on protecting the environment, and on sustainable development. CETA integrates EU and Canadian commitments to apply international rules on workers' rights, environmental protection and climate action. These obligations are binding.

The benefits of CETA include the following:

  • It eliminates duties on 99% of all tariff lines, of which 98% were scrapped when it provisionally entered into force;
  • it defends the EU’s Geographical Indications, and;
  • it improves and secures EU companies’ access to the Canadian services market.

About CETA

CETA factsheets and guides

…or consult more detailed questions and answers.

Exporters' stories

Get inspired by some of the small EU firms already exporting to Canada

CETA and your business

Register for CETA benefits

CETA means reduced or zero tariffs at Canadian customs for EU businesses. Register here to take full advantage.

Export info for small EU businesses

Small Canadian businesses can also find info on exporting to the EU.


CETA chapter by chapter

The full text of the deal with chapter summaries in plain English.

Meetings and documents

The Committees of CETA and the joint interpretative instrument.