Interestingly, as the incoming Trump administration talks about piling on new tariffs to discourage imports and protect American jobs, the Canadian government quietly moved in the opposite direction over the holidays: eliminating tariffs on imported food ingredients. The decision was announced with a customs tariff order published December 28th, 2016, in the Canada Gazette describing how roughly 200 different tariffs on imported food ingredients would be repealed or amended. 


It is estimated that $ 48 million in tariffs have been collected annually on these products and that manufacturers will now be able to save more money as a result. The cuts officially took effect on January 16th, 2016.


Some food ingredients have already been entering Canada tariff-free under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA.), but Finance Canada estimates that about 57 percent of these imports have been subject to additional tariffs.

A long list of fruits and vegetables, cereals and grains, spices, fats and oils, food preparations, and chocolate products are now classified as duty-free.  However, nothing from the dairy, egg,  and poultry sectors are included. 

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