Global Affairs issued a notice to industry on the administration of textile and apparel origin quotas for the UK. The United Kingdom will leave the European Union customs union on January 1, 2021 and will no longer be a party to the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
While Canada and the United Kingdom have negotiated a Trade Continuity Agreement (TCA), which was signed on December 9, 2020, it will not have entered into force by January 1, 2021.
To minimize costs for importers and ensure, as much as possible, a seamless transition of trade for Canadian businesses, Canada and the United Kingdom will apply tariff benefits on a reciprocal and provisional basis until the TCA enters into force.
Canada will extend tariff benefits equivalent to those in the TCA, which also replicate current preferences under the CETA, through a Remission Order.
Textile and apparel origin quota goods covered under the Remission Order include the same goods as those found in Tables C.3 and C.4 of Annex 5-A: Origin quotas and alternatives to the product-specific rules of origin in annex 5 (Annex 5-A) of the CETA.
Effective January 1, 2021, and until the TCA enters into force, import permits will not be required and will not be issued for these goods.
For instructions on how to claim the remission of custom duties under the Remission Order, refer to the Canada Border Services Agency Customs Notice
If you have additional questions, please submit them to the following e-mail address: Origin.Quotas@international.gc.ca.