Canada proposes changes to FTZ programs 

August 29:  Canada’s Department of Finance today announced measures that will improve Canada’s marketing of its foreign trade zone (FTZ) programs to attract international investment and to reduce “red tape” and costs for Canadian businesses, allowing them to compete globally.

The Finance Canada announcement follows on the government’s commitments in the Economic Action Plan 2013 to grow trade and investment in Canada by strengthening Canada’s FTZ advantage.


Canada’s FTZ program provides duty and tax exemptions to reduce trading costs for businesses.


Among the proposed changes to Canada’s FTZ would be measures:


  • Eliminating the annual registration fee for the Customs Bonded Warehouse Program (Canada’s most-used FTZ program)
  • Simplifying the application process to access Canada’s FTZ programs
  • Introducing service standards for application processing times
  • Accepting requests for new “FTZ Point” single windows to enhance delivery of FTZ programs at strategic locations in Canada
  • Launching a five-year, $5-million program to market Canada’s FTZ advantage and attract foreign investment to strategic locations across Canada


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