Canada Changes Tariff-Free Access for Some Ukrainian Agricultural Commodities

Canada has extended Ukraine’s tariff-free access for most goods, but tightened access for eggs, poultry and dairy — sectors protected under the Canadian supply-management system.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said tariff relief for Ukrainian goods such as steel — a temporary measure started a year ago — would continue for another year to help support Kyiv as it defends itself against Russia.

That measure applied to goods not already covered by the countries’ free trade agreement.

The additional trade access was due to expire on Friday and the government’s decision on whether to extend it further was a test of Canada’s staunch backing of Ukraine.

Canadian poultry and egg farmers and processors had complained that Ukraine’s access made it harder to control imports and also raised concerns about the safety of Ukrainian food due to infrastructure damage.

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