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Canada Tariff Preference Levels Under NAFTA/Textiles

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Canada Tariff Preference Levels Under NAFTA/Textiles

Postby bridgat » Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:19 pm

NAFTA, Canada

Tariff Preference Levels Under NAFTA/Textiles & Apparel

Tariff Preference Levels (TPL) allocations are in essence import quotas that allow certain textile goods to enter a NAFTA country at reduced duty rates despite not having met the rules of origin for NAFTA goods. In other words, they address garments and apparel made in a NAFTA country of non-NAFTA origin textiles. They are annual levels that are measured in square meter equivalents (SMES) and have been predetermined and agreed to within the NAFTA.

TPLs are an alternative to the higher duty rates that would otherwise have to be paid and are unrestricted in terms of who has access to them, but TPLs are not without restrictions and conditions. For example, the product must be cut (or knit to shape) and assembled in one NAFTA country.

Not all fabrics are included under the TPL.

Depending on the material and its country of origin, other quota/visa requirements may apply. The specific provisions of TPLs are set out in annex 300-b, appendix 6, part b, of NAFTA.

Changes to Canada’s its TPL Quota Distribution System.

Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) will reallocate unused year-end TPL quotas in the following year and will allow transfers of TPL quotas between companies providing certain conditions are met. In the old system unused TPL quotas were reallocated October 1 and November 15 of each year and quota allocation transfers between companies were prohibited.

TPL allocations for American garment and apparel exporters are administered by DFAIT and are granted to the Canadian importer or customs broker. They are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until the TPL quota is filled and their use by any given importer is in no way restricted.

The American exporter or distributor should notify their importer or customs broker that their goods qualify for TPL tariff treatment in order to take advantage of its benefits.

Contacts –Canadian
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade,canada
125 Sussex Dr.
Ottawa, ON
Phone: (613) 944-4000
Fax: (613) 996-9709
Web site:

Strategis Canada

For specific primary textile industries statistics:

Textiles and Clothing Section,
Trade Controls Policy Division (EPM)
Export and Import Controls Bureau,
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
P.O. Box 481, Station A
Ottawa, ON KlN 9K6
Phone: (613) 996-3711
Fax: (613) 995-5137

Contacts -- U.S. Government

Office of Textiles and Apparel
U.s. Department of Commerce
Room 3100, 1401 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20230
Phone: (202) 482-3400
Fax: (202) 482-0858 .

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