Global Affairs Canada announced today that its Comprehensive Review of the Allocation and Administration of Tariff Rate Quotas for Dairy, Poultry and Egg Products has now resumed after being temporarily suspended in May of last year owing to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the initial consultation phase (between May and August 2019) the department held over 60 meetings with stakeholders and says it received roughly 200 submissions. The second phase of consultation will now continue that work with a view to developing long-term policies with respect to ensuring the continued efficiency and effectiveness of Canada’s supply-managed TRQs.
Stakeholders now have until March 5, 2021, to submit their responses, comments, and suggestions.
The government explains that a “broad-based engagement exercise to hear from stakeholders” was felt necessary at this time due to the recent implementation of two key free trade agreements (the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement), which increased the number of supply-managed TRQs administered by the department from 18 to 54.
Global Affairs states that “feedback received from Phase II of the consultations will inform the decisions of the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade in developing long-term TRQ policies.”
The long-term allocation and administration policies for each TRQ is currently scheduled to be published on September 1, 2021.
Global Affairs is seeking input from interested parties such as: provincial and territorial governments; producers, processors, further processors, distributors, retailers, importers; national and provincial industry associations; small- and medium-sized business owners; national, provincial, territorial and regional associations; and international trading partners.
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