Customs Notice 24-21: Implementation of the New Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement

On June 28, 2024, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) issued a notice regarding the New Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement and its implementation.

The original Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) currently in force since August 1, 2017, will apply until June 30, 2024. At that time, the new CUFTA will enter into force.

Subsection 2(1) of the Customs Act has been amended to define the original Agreement as “CUFTA 2017” and the new Agreement as “CUFTA” as defined in Section 2 of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, 2023. In this notice, the original CUFTA will be referred to as “CUFTA 2017” and the new Agreement will be referred to as the “Agreement”.

Information on the Agreement, including its text, can be found on Global Affairs Canada’s website. For information on the Agreement’s regulatory amendments and new regulations, please refer to Customs Notice 24-22 – The New Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement’s Regulatory Amendments and New Regulations Made Pursuant to the Customs Act.

Entitlement to the Agreement’s preferential tariff treatment is determined in accordance with the rules of origin and origin procedures set out in Chapter 3 – Rules of Origin and Origin Procedures of the Agreement. The Ukrainian Tariff “UAT” and its applicable tariff code “32” remain.

The required proof of origin remains a statement and is referred to in the Agreement as the Origin Declaration. The Origin Declaration and the various languages in which it may be completed are contained in Annex 3-B of Chapter 3 – Rules of Origin and Origin Procedures of the Agreement. This statement may be provided on an invoice or any other commercial document that describes the originating product in sufficient detail to enable its identification.

You or your business may need assistance under the new Agreement, so please contact ARGO Customs Brokers. If you have any questions about exporting or importing, our team is always available to assist.