Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)
Navigating international trade programs with ease
International Free Trade Agreements
Canada has 14 Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with 65 countries.
A Free Trade Agreement allows you to compete on a more level playing field with businesses in the partner country. It’s important to note that each FTA covers different regulations and contains different provisions, depending on the partner country.
Cole is well-versed in the FTAs with all of Canada’s partner countries—we can help reduce or eliminate duties payable on the goods you import.
Our comprehensive, full-service approach to all Free Trade Agreements includes:
- Qualifying your products for specific Free Trade Program(s)
- Assisting with completing the certificates
- Ensuring correct application of the Free Trade Agreement
- Reviewing certificates
- Managing and maintaining your certificates on an annual basis
- Soliciting your vendors to request Certificates of Origin and/or to get renewed certificates
- Identifying potential refunds on qualifying goods
- Providing full technical support for clients and vendors
- Providing detailed, customized reports
with 65 Countries
Free Trade in North America
The main Free Trade Agreement Cole works with is the pact between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.
Following negotiations, Canada, the U.S. and Mexico settled on a deal to rework the 26-year-old NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement).
There are three different names for this single agreement, depending on which country one lives in:
- In Canada: the Canada-United States-Mexico (CUSMA) Free Trade Agreement
- In the U.S.: the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) Free Trade Agreement
- In Mexico: the Tratado Entre México-Estados Unidos y Canadá (T-MEC)
USMCA/CUSMA Free Trade Agreement went into effect as of July 1, 2020.