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WTO plurilateral agreement on environmental goods – Public consultations re: environmental goods of interest to Canadian stakeholders

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Canada is involved with other World Trade Organization Members (WTO) who are negotiating toward a new WTO plurilateral agreement on environmental goods with the aim of eliminating tariffs. There is some information available online with respect to this initiative ttp://www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/topics-domaines/env/plurilateral.aspx?lang=eng.

We are currently soliciting feedback as part of our public consultation process and we would very much appreciate your feedback. Please note below a few more details concerning the public consultation.

On January 24, 2014, Canada and thirteen other World Trade Organization (WTO) Members announced a commitment to start negotiations toward a new WTO plurilateral agreement on environmental goods with the aim of eliminating tariffs on such goods. In preparation for the start of these negotiations later this year, the federal Government is conducting public consultations regarding the environmental goods of interest to Canadian stakeholders, their priority destination markets for such goods and any concerns with non-tariff barriers.

Environmental goods are an important and growing part of Canada’s economy. Such an agreement would facilitate Canadian exports in this sector and would lower the cost of environmental goods. Today, Canada’s tariffs on environmental goods are generally low. If successful, this WTO negotiation would lead to the mutual reduction of tariffs amongst many countries at once, thereby reducing transaction costs for businesses and providing significant benefits to Canadians.

We invite you to provide us with information regarding your commercial interests and priorities. Your comments will be valuable in identifying the priorities and interests of Canada in these negotiations. You have until July 11, 2014 to submit your comments.

More information on the consultation process as well as directives on how to submit your comments are available on our consultation notice. You will find there a PDF form that we would like you to fill out and send back to us. For your convenience, an Excel form is also available on request.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us through our environmental goods consultations email address at ENVconsultations@international.gc.ca.

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