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Government announces TRQ allocation

August 1, 2017

Today, the government released a news release about the tariff rate quota (TRQ) allocation for EU cheese under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, which is below. Dairy Processors Associations of Canada (DPAC) and DFC issued a joint release to react to the TRQ announcement. Click here to read.  Visit for updates on this issue.


Minister of International Trade supports small and medium-sized enterprises with new quotas for EU cheese

August 1, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

As part of its progressive trade agenda, the Government of Canada is working to ensure that the benefits of trade are delivered to middle-class workers, families, farmers and businesses of all sizes and in all regions across Canada. As of September 21st, Canadians will benefit from the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the most progressive trade agreement ever negotiated by Canada and the European Union.

After broad consultations, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, today announced the allocation of the new tariff rate quotas (TRQs) for imports of cheese from the EU under the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Importantly, Canadian companies that previously did not have permits to import cheese will now be able to apply for a share of the new CETA import quotas.

These quotas will provide new opportunities for Canadian businesses in the cheese sector, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which will be allocated 60 per cent of the quotas—with small and medium sized cheese manufacturers receiving 30 per cent of the quota and small and medium-sized distributers and retailers receiving the other 30 per cent of the quota. Large manufacturers will be allocated 20 per cent of the quotas and large distributors and retailers will receive the other 20 per cent of the quotas. With respect to the distribution of quotas between the manufacturers and the distributors and retailers, the split will be 50/50.

Canadian consumers will also benefit as new varieties of European cheese will be made available for consumption in Canada. Canadian companies of all sizes will benefit from new opportunities to import EU cheese, growing their businesses in the process.




Distributors & Retailers


Small and Medium Enterprises 30% 30% 60%
Large Enterprises 20% 20% 40%
Total 50% 50% 100%

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