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Canada-Japan trade negotiations Advance in Ottawa

from Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, announced that progress continues to be made toward a Canada-Japan economic partnership agreement as the fourth round of negotiations concluded in Ottawa. During round four, which took place from Nov. 12-14, progress was made in a broad range of areas, including financial services, technical barriers to trade and intellectual property. The Joint Study on the Possibility of a Canada-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement found that a trade agreement with Japan could translate into GDP gains of $3.8 billion per year for Canada, which is equivalent to almost 25,000 new jobs or a boost of $325 to the average Canadian family's annual income. The study also found that an agreement could increase Canada's exports to Japan by as much as 67 percent. An agreement is expected to strengthen export opportunities in many areas, including agri-food products, fish and seafood, and natural resources.

A priority market under the government's Global Commerce Strategy, Japan is the world's third-largest national economy and Canada's fourth-largest merchandise export market. In 2012, the total value of Canadian exports to Japan reached nearly $10.4 billion. With almost $17.5 billion invested in Canada at the end of 2012, Japan is Canada's largest source of job-creating investment from Asia. more

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