Canada Extends Duty-Free Import of Ukrainian Products for One Year

by Roman Cheplyk
Monday, June 10, 2024
Canada Extends Duty-Free Import of Ukrainian Products for One Year

Canada has announced the extension of its exemption from customs duties on goods originating from Ukraine for an additional year

This decision ensures the continuation of duty-free import of Ukrainian products into Canada until June 9, 2025, originally set to expire on June 9, 2022.

Key Points:

  1. Extension Details:

    • The duty-free import policy for Ukrainian goods has been extended until June 9, 2025, as per order SOR/2024-111.
    • This policy applies to products that have undergone the last substantial production process in Ukraine, excluding minimal operations like preservation, packaging, or dilution with water.
  2. Economic Impact:

    • Minister of Economy Yulia Svyridenko expressed gratitude to Canadian partners for supporting the Ukrainian economy through increased exports and waived customs duties.
    • This move is seen as a significant contribution to Ukraine's economic stability amid ongoing challenges.
  3. Regulations and Benefits:

    • The exemption covers anti-dumping and countervailing duties on goods that have acquired their main characteristics in Ukraine, according to the Law on Special Import Measures.
    • Importers must apply within two years after importing the goods to receive the benefits.
    • The ban on importing goods from certain regions of Ukraine, as per sanctions under the Law on Special Economic Measures, remains in force.
  4. Trade Growth:

    • According to the State Statistics Service, the export of goods from Ukraine to Canada in the first quarter of 2024 increased by 2.66 times, reaching $47.43 million.
    • This extension aims to further boost this growth by facilitating easier access to the Canadian market for Ukrainian products.
  5. Historical Context:

    • On June 9, 2022, Canada initially introduced the duty-free import policy to support Ukraine.
    • One year ago, Canada's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, announced the extension of this policy.
    • On April 11, 2023, the Prime Ministers of Ukraine and Canada signed a joint declaration completing negotiations on an updated free trade agreement, replacing the existing agreement from 2017.


The extension of the duty-free import policy by Canada is a strategic move to support Ukraine's economy by enhancing its export capabilities. This policy not only aids in economic stability but also strengthens trade relations between the two countries, fostering a more robust and resilient economic partnership.

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