With the provisional acceptance of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Implementation Act (CETA), we wanted to remind our customers that the application period to obtain Cheese Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQs) will end on September 8, 2017.

Applicants who wish to apply for an allocation under the new CETA Cheese Quotas should review the relevant Notice to Importers:

CETA – Cheese Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) Notice to Importers serial number 895; or

CETA – Industrial Cheese Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) Notice to Importers serial number 896;

The Notices set out the eligibility criteria to obtain an allocation under each respective TRQ. The Notices also provide information on the administration of TRQs in general and on the process for submitting an application for an allocation. Application forms and related appendices are attached to each Notice.

To be eligible for an allocation, an applicant must be:

– A resident of Canada as defined in the Export and Import Permits Act;

– Active in the Canadian cheese sector; and

– Able to demonstrate activity in the cheese sector regularly during the relevant reference period.

To qualify for an allocation in the 2017 allocation year, applicants will have to be able to demonstrate that they were active in the Canadian cheese sector between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016.

Applicants must include their EIPA number in the application for an allocation. If an applicant does not have an EIPA number, Global Affairs Canada will assign one based on the information provided in the application for an allocation.

The deadline for submission is September 8, 2017 and applicants will be informed in writing on October 2 whether they have qualified for an allocation and the amount of quota they have been allocated.

There is no limit on the amount of the Quota that is available to new entrants. However, individual allocations will normally be capped at a maximum 20 percent of the Quota.

The Quota amount that will be made available for 2017 will be 745,299 kgs of cheese of all types and 79,085 kgs of industrial cheese. These figures will be pro-rated for the first year.

Any additional questions can be sent to Canaan Transport for follow up.