Canada Seeks Input on e-Commerce for WTO Negotiations

Posted by Matt Schmitt on 1/29/19 5:00 PM

Published in the Canadian Gazette on January 25, 2019, the Government of Canada seeks input from the Trade regarding future World Trade Organization (WTO) e-commerce negotiations by Canada.

According to the press release, the Canadian government “…seeks input from stakeholders to inform potential future WTO negotiations on e-commerce.”  The input from the stakeholders would help shape Canadian positions, interests, and sensitivities regarding e-commerce.

The areas under consideration include:

  • Customs and trade facilitation;

  • Customs duties on electronic transmissions;

  • Market access (for example for goods and services);

  • Flow of information across borders;

  • Access and non-discrimination;

  • Business trust;

  • Consumer trust;

  • Intellectual property;

  • Transparency;

  • Infrastructure gaps and the digital divide;

  • Cooperation.

The Government of Canada invites interested parties to complete a survey or submit their input on future WTO negotiations on e-commerce by April 25, 2019.

 

The press release may be found here:

http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2019/2019-01-26/html/notice-avis-eng.html

The survey may be accessed through the Canadian government’s consultation webpage here:

https://www.international.gc.ca/trade-commerce/consultations/wto-omc/index.aspx?lang=eng

Topics: WTO, Canada, e-commerce