Canada Proposes to Reinstate Duty Preferences for Burma
The government of Canada published Nov. 8 a proposed order that would reinstate Burma’s eligibility for duty preferences under Canada’s General Preferential Tariff, which provides lower duty rates than most-favored-nation rates to goods imported from specified developing countries, and Least-Developed Country Tariff, which offers duty-free access for imports into Canada of nearly all products from LDCs. Comments on this proposal are due no later than Dec. 8
Canada removed Burma from eligibility for these two programs in 1997 in response to the human rights situation in that country. However, many countries are gradually normalizing trade relations with Burma in response to positive developments that have taken place over the past few years, including elections that led to a transition to civilian rule and economic reforms. Canada itself has eased economic sanctions, opened an embassy in Yangon and appointed its first-ever resident ambassador to Burma and believes reinstating GPT and LDCT eligibility would be consistent with these actions.