Canadian businesses continue to grow their e-commerce products and other export products to the EU.

EU Opportunity for Canadian companies

The European Union (EU) presents great opportunities for Canadian companies via duty free CETA access.

Thanks to the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), trade barriers from Canada have been lowered.

Canadian companies are benaficiaries of the elimination of virtually all tariffs for Canadian origin goods. to Europe.    CETA provides Canadian exporters access to any - and all - of the EU's 28 member countries.

Duty free access for Canada origin goods is especially important for high-value exports and after sales support.

Duty free and hassle free?

The power of CETA is beyond the simple elimination of tariffs and reduces the regulatory burden.  For example, Canadian shippers can take advantage of duty free import without a separate certificate of origin.   Canadian companies can get preferential duty consideration via a statement of origin on the the shipping documents rather than having to complete a separate certificate of origin.


Setting up distribution in the EU

Thanks to CETA, Canadian firms can establish EU subsidiaries more easily. The new regulations also streamline transfers between firms, making it simple for you to relocate skilled employees from Canada to the EU to perform their work.

Jet Worldwide provides Canadian companies local EU storage and distribution.

Having a local EU presence for more direct customer engagement and faster reaction to e-commerce online orders.    Contact our logistics team to get information on low cost shipping to the EU from Canada and local EU distribution options.

Advantages for EU companies in Canada

Jet Worldwide also assists European companies gain access to Canada. EU-based companies can establish manufacturing and other operations in Canada with direct access to the US market.

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CETA Country of Origin Declaration 

As mentioned above, there is no Certificate of Origin / COO required for goods shipped from Canada under CETA.    An origin declaration can be shown on the commercial invoice .   If shown on a separate document, the invoice number and other shipping information should be referenced. 



The great news for Canadian companies is that they can benefit from duty free CETA even for  individual orders shipped direct via courier/ international parcels!



When an invoice lists separate items, the declaration of origin must clearly identify the goods in in which preferential duty treatment is requested.   Canada customs/ CBSA recommends that the origin declaration states “Canada/EU” as per footnote 3 of the declaration (see below).   It is best to check with the local EU customs importing country to understand their preferences are met.


The origin declaration, the text of which is given below, must be completed in accordance with the footnotes. However, the footnotes do not have to be reproduced. (Period: from___________ to __________(1) The exporter of the products covered by this document (customs authorization No ...(2)) declares that, except where otherwise clearly indicated, these products are of ...

(3) preferential origin. …………………………………………………………….............................................

(4) (Place and date) ...……………………………………………………………………......................

(1) When the origin declaration is completed for multiple shipments of identical originating products within the meaning of Article 19.5, indicate the period of time for which the origin declaration will apply. The period of time must not exceed 12 months. All importations of the product must occur within the period indicated. Where a period of time is not applicable, the field can be left blank.

(2) For EU exporters: When the origin declaration is completed by an approved or registered exporter the exporter’s customs authorization or registration number must be included. A customs authorization number is required only if the exporter is an approved exporter. When the origin declaration is not completed by an approved or registered exporter, the words in brackets must be omitted or the space left blank. For Canadian exporters: The exporter’s Business Number assigned by the Government of Canada must be included. Where the exporter has not been assigned a business number, the field may be left blank.

(3) “Canada/EU” means products qualifying as originating under the rules of origin of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. When the origin declaration relates, in whole or in part, to products originating in Ceuta and Melilla, the exporter must clearly indicate the symbol “CM”.

(4) These indications may be omitted if the information is contained on the document itself.

(5) Article 19.3 provides an exception to the requirement of the exporter’s signature. Where the exporter is not required to sign, the exemption of signature also implies the exemption of the name of the signatory




Written by Timothy Byrnes