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Canada-Chile
Text of the agreement
  Background and Negotiations
    Canada and Chile announced the launch of negotiations towards a free trade agreement on 29 December 1995. Negotiations began at a meeting in Santiago de Chile in January 1996. Nine negotiating rounds were held. On 29 February 1996 the countries announced that they would negotiate parallel agreements on environmental and labour cooperation as part of their free trade agreement. The agreement was concluded on 14 November 1996 in Ottawa, Canada, was initialed by the President of Chile and the Canadian Prime Minister on 18 November 1996 in Ottawa, and was signed on 5 December 1996 in Santiago de Chile. The environmental and labour cooperation agreements were signed on 6 February 1997 in Ottawa, Canada.
 
Documents relating to the negotiations
06 February 1997 Canada-Chile sign environment and labour agreements PDF
18 November 1996 Canada and Chile sign free trade agreement PDF
14 November 1996 Canada and Chile reach free trade agreement PDF
Source: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

In November 2014, governments of Canada and Chile announced that both countries have concluded negotiations on a new chapter on technical barriers to trade in the framework of the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA).

Documents relating to chapter on Technical Barriers to Trade
10 November 2014 Canada and Chile concluded negotiations on a new chapter on technical barriers to trade in their FTA PDF
Fuente: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

On the margins of the Seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama City, in April 2015, Canada and Chile announced the conclusion of negotiations to modenize their Free Trade Agreement. The expanded agreement contains a new chapter on sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and technical amendments to the existing government procurement chapter. In addition, both countries agreed to bring amendments to CCFTA rules of origin into force as soon as possible.

On June 5, 2017 Canada and Chile signed a modernized free trade agreement, announcing the addition of new chapters on sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical barriers to trade, and trade and gender. It also makes technical modifications to the existing government procurement chapter and adds new elements to the investment chapter. The amendments will enter into force after Canada and Chile complete their domestic implementation procedures.

Documents relating to the modernization of the Agreement
05 June 2017

Ottawa, Canada. Canada and Chile sign modernized FTA adding new chapters on sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical barriers to trade, and trade and genderPDF new!

10 April 2015 Canada and Chile conclude negotiations to modernize their FTA PDF
Fuente: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

  Entry into Force
   

The Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) came into force on 5 July 1997.

Documents relating to the entry into force

28 November 1997 Uniform regulations for the Interpretation, Application and Administration of Chapters C (National Treatment and Market Access for Goods) and E (Customs Procedures) of the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement Offsite link
04 July 1997 Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement to be implemented July 05PDF
25 April 1997 Canada: Act to implement the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (1997, c. 14)PDF
Source: Canada Border Services Agency; Department of Justice Canada

 

Implementation of the Agreement

   

Article N-01 of the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) establishes a Free Trade Commission, made up of cabinet-level representatives, to meet yearly to supervise the implementation of the Agreement, oversee its further elaboration, seek to resolve disputes about the interpretation of the Agreement, supervise the work of the committees and working groups, and consider any other matters that may affect the operation of the Agreement.

The first meeting of the Free Trade Commission took place in Santiago de Chile in January 1998. As agreed in Annex O-03.1 a bilateral double taxation agreement was concluded. At the second meeting, in November 1999, Ministers agreed to accelerate tariff elimination on a range of products. This was done through the First Additional Protocol to the Free Trade Agreement, signed on 4 November 1999, which sets out a list of goods for each Party whose tariff elimination would be accelerated, and would be free of customs duties as of January 1, 2000. Goods listed for tariff acceleration included turkey poults, turkey hatching eggs, feed peas, fresh or chilled tomatoes, peaches, plums, sloes, certain colour pigments, certain articles of plastic and a number of textile products. Tariff acceleration is provided for in Article C-02(3). The Commission also agreed upon Model Rules of Procedure for Chapter N (Institutional Arrangements and Dispute Settlement Procedures).

The third Free Trade Commission meeting took place on 10 May, 2001. At this meeting, the Parties agreed upon appropriate compensation for a safeguard measure that had been imposed on Canadian wheat by Chile. This was formalized by a second additional protocol to the free trade agreement, signed on 4 January 2002, which provides for compensatory tariff acceleration on imports of Canadian French fried potatoes, dried beans and peas, and pet food.

At the Commission's fourth meeting, held in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2002, the Parties issued notes of interpretation of certain provisions of the Investment Chapter. Through these notes, the Parties commit to openness and transparency in the investor-state dispute settlement process and clarify the interpretation of the provision governing the minimum standard of treatment to be accorded to foreign investors. The Commission also established a bilateral Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, and instructed officials to continue exploratory analysis, on the margins of the FTAA, of the potential benefits of addressing issues relating to Government procurement in the CCFTA Customs Subcommittee. The Parties also reaffirmed their commitment to work together in the negotiations of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).

On 8 November 2004 the Third Additional Protocol to the FTA was signed, amending Chile's tariff reduction list. The fifth meeting of the Free Trade Commission took place in November 2004. Ministers encouraged further progress on the negotiation of a Government procurement chapter to be added to the Free Trade Agreement and also encouraged officials to continue working on a basis for addressing financial services disciplines within the CCFTA. They agreed on a number of technical rectifications to the rules of origin reflecting amendments to Parties' tariff schedules as a result of the implementation of the HS 2002.

On 14 June 2007, on the Sixth Meeting of the Commission, Canada and Chile noted the conclusion and signature of the bilateral Government procurement chapter to be added to the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement. During the Seventh Meeting of the Canada-Chile Free Trade Commission, held on 22 April 2009, the parties welcomed the conclusion of negotiations toward a new financial services chapter and took note of the entry into force of the FTA Chapter on Government Procurement on September 5, 2008.

Documents relating to the Canada-Chile Free Trade Commission
22 April 2009 Ottawa, Canada. Seventh meeting of the Free Trade Commission PDF
14 June 2007 Santiago, Chile. Sixth meeting of the Free Trade Commission Spanish PDF
16 November 2004 Declaration of the Free Trade Commission on non-disputing party participation (Chapter G) PDF
16 November 2004 Santiago, Chile. Fifth meeting of the Free Trade CommissionPDF
31 October 2002 Notes of Interpretation on Certain Chapter G Provisions
31 October 2002 Quito, Ecuador. Fourth meeting of the Free Trade Commission
10 May 2001 Santiago, Chile. Third meeting of the Free Trade Commission Spanish PDF
04 November 1999 Toronto, Canada. Second meeting of the Free Trade Commission
28 October 1999 Entry Into Force of the Tax Convention Between Canada and the Republic of ChilePDF
21 January 1998 Convention between Canada and the Republic of Chile for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income and on CapitalPDF
21 January 1998 Santiago, Chile. First meeting of the Free Trade Commission

Source: Department of Finance, Canada; Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada


Documents relating to the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPM)
22 November 2010 Fifth meeting of the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPM) under the FTA between Canada and Chile Spanish PDF
Source: Dirección General de Relaciones Económicas Internacionales, Chile (DIRECON)

A number of additional protocols to the Free Trade Agreement have been issued, the first at the second meeting of the Free Trade Commission; the second in January 2002, and the third in November 2004

Additional Protocols to the Agreement
08 November 2004 Third Additional Protocol to the Free Trade Agreement Spanish PDF
04 January 2002 Second Additional Protocol to the Free Trade Agreement Spanish
04 November 1999 CCFTA Decision 1: Model Rules of Procedure for Chapter N (Institutional Arrangements and Dispute Settlement Procedures) PDF
04 November 1999 First Additional Protocol to the Free Trade Agreement
Source: DIRECON, Chile and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

The Canada-Chile Free Trade Commission is also mandated to recommend rectifications to the rules of origin annexes and regulations. Both Parties implemented the technical rectifications to the rules of origin and regulations on 1 January 2005.

Technical Rectifications to CCFTA Rules of Origin Annexes and Regulations
2005 Technical Rectifications to CCFTA Rules of Origin Annexes and Regulations
  Regulations respecting the Uniform Interpretation, Application and Administration of the Rules of origin under the Canada-Chile FTA (CBSA-Memorandum D11-5-4, 26 March 2007) PDF
  Appendix 1 (Annex C-00-B, Appendix 1.1, List of goods Covered by Annex C-00-B) PDF
  Appendix 2 (Technical Rectification to Annex D-01 and Annex D-03.1)PDF
  Appendix 3 (Annex D-01 Tariff Items for Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement)PDF
  Appendix 4 (Technical Rectifications to Uniform Regulations for Chapter D)PDF
Source: Canada Border Services Agency; Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

Canada and Chile have negotiated an additional chapter on Government Procurement that entered into force on September 5, 2008.

Additional Chapters to the Agreement
Chapter on Government Procurement
 

Part Three bis - Government Procurement
Chapter K bis - Government Procurement English French

Source: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

  Negotiations on Trade in Services
   

On 23 October 2012, the Canadian Government tabled in Parliament an agreement to modernize and expand the scope of the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement. The amending agreement includes a financial services chapter.

On 31 July 2013, the Chilean Senate approved the Agreement to amend the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement. On 30 September 2013, the Agreement.

On 30 September 2013, the Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Republic of Chile to amend the Free Trade Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Republic of Chile entered into force. The expanded and modernized agreement includes the addition of a new financial services chapter. It also includes new rules on government procurement, customs procedures and dispute settlement.

Documents relating to the expansion of the FTA (Services)
30 September 2013 Agreement to amend the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement enters into force PDF
31 July 2013 Chilean Senate approves the Agreement to amend the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement in Spanish PDF
23 October 2012 Canadian Government tables in Parliament an amending agreement to expand the Canada-Chile FTA to include a financial services chapter PDF
Source: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

Text of the Amending Free Trade Agreement
30 September 2013 Canada-Chile Amending Free Trade Agreement PDF
Source: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

  Cooperation Agreements
    The Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement includes cooperation agreements on environment and labour.

Previous to signing the FTA, Canada and Chile signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Cooperation . As part of the FTA, the Canada-Chile Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (CCAEC) has as its main objectives "to foster the protection and enhancement of the environment in both countries; to promote sustainable development policies; and to promote transparency and public participation in the development and improvement of environmental laws, regulations, policies and practices."

The CCAEC establishes a Commission for Environmental Cooperation, composed of a Council, a Joint Submissions Committee, a Joint Public Advisory Committee and National Secretariats. The first meeting of the national secretariats under the Canada-Chile Agreement on Environmental Cooperation took place in Santiago in December, 1997. The Commission is tasked with the preparation of annual reports on the implementation of the agreement.

Documents related to Environmental Cooperation

Work Programs of the Canada-Chile Commission for Environmental Cooperation
  Fifth Work Program (2005-2007)Offsite Link
  Fourth Work Program (2003-2005)Offsite link
  Third Work Program (2002-2003)Offsite link
  1999 Work ProgramOffsite link
Annual Reports of the Canada-Chile Commission for Environmental Cooperation
  2005 Report of the Canada-Chile Commission for Environmental Cooperation Offsite link
  2004 Report of the Canada-Chile Commission for Environmental Cooperation Offsite link
  2003 Report of the Canada-Chile Commission for Environmental Cooperation Offsite link
  2002 Report of the Canada-Chile Commission for Environmental Cooperation Offsite link
  2000-2001 Report of the Canada-Chile Commission for Environmental Cooperation Offsite link
  1999 Report of the Canada-Chile Commission for Environmental Cooperation Offsite link
  1997-98 Report of the Canada-Chile Commission for Environmental Cooperation Offsite link
Documents previous to the signing of the FTA
  Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Cooperation PDF
Source: Canada-Chile Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, Canadian National Secretariat

The Canada - Chile Agreement on Labour Cooperation (CCALC) provides for the creation of a Ministerial Council to oversee the implementation of the Agreement and develop recommendations. Article 10 of the CCALC requires that: “the Council (of Ministers) shall, within three years after the date of entry into force of this Agreement, review its operation and effectiveness in the light of experience”. The three-year review was published in December 2002.

Documents related to Cooperation on Labour

2003-2004 Plan of Action Spanish PDF
December 2002 Ministerial Council Report on the Three-Year Review of the Canada-Chile Agreement on Labour Cooperation PDF
2000-2002 First Triennial Report of the Canada-Chile Agreement on Labour Cooperation Spanish PDF
1999-2000 Third Annual Report of the Canada-Chile Agreement on Labour Cooperation Spanish PDF
1998-1999 Second Annual Report of the Canada-Chile Agreement on Labour Cooperation Spanish PDF
July 1997-July 1998 First Annual Report of the Canada-Chile Agreement on Labour CooperationPDF
Source: Human Resources and Social Development Canada

  Related Articles and Studies
   
June 2017 DIRECON. Chile Canadá: 20 Años del Acuerdo Spanish PDFnew!
May 2013 Office of the Chief Economist, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. The Economic Impact of the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement PDF
July 2012 DIRECON. Evaluación de las Relaciones Comerciales entre Chile y Canadá a Quince Años de la Entrada en Vigencia del Tratado de Libre Comercio Spanish PDF
July 2009 DIRECON. Evaluación Tratado de Libre Comercio entre Chile y Canadá 2008 Spanish PDF
June 2008 DIRECON. Evaluación Tratado de Libre Comercio entre Chile y Canadá 2007 Spanish PDF
March 2006 DIRECON. Evaluación Tratado de Libre Comercio entre Chile y Canadá 2005 Spanish PDF
May 2005 DIRECON. Evaluación del Comercio entre Chile - Canadá Mayo 2005 Spanish PDF
July 2004 DIRECON. Evaluación del Tratado Chile - Canadá Julio 2004 Spanish PDF
March 2004 DIRECON. Relaciones Económicas entre Chile y Canadá 1991-2003 Spanish PDF
November 2002 DIRECON. Canadá y Chile. Cinco Años como socios comerciales Spanish PDF
May 2001 Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. Four Years Into the Free Trade Agreement: Analysis of Canada-Chile Trade and Investment Relations PDF

  Sources
   
 

Spanish version  
Recent Developments
 

June 2017. Canada-Chile: 20 Years after the Agreement (DIRECON) ¡nuevo!


  05 June 2017. Canada and Chile sign modernized FTA new chapters on sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical barriers to trade, and trade and gender ¡nuevo!
 
 

Text of new chapters to the Canada-Chile FTA ¡nuevo!


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