ANNOUNCEMENT 03 Mar 2022
In March 2022, Canada announced the withdrawal of the Most-Favoured-Nation status of Russia and Belarus in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine supported by the government of Belarus.
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Government of Canada. News release. "Canada cuts Russia and Belarus from Most-Favoured-Nation Tariff treatment". 03/03/2022. Available at: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2022/03/canada-cuts-russia-and-belarus-from-most-favoured-nation-tariff-treatment.html
On 3 March 2022, the government of Canada published the Most-Favoured-Nation Tariff Withdrawal Order (2022-1), cutting Russia and Belarus from the Most-Favoured-Nation (MFN) tariff treatment. As a result, the goods imported to Canada from Russia and Belarus would be subject to an import tariff of 35%. This is with the exception of goods already subject to a tariff above 35%. The order is issued in response to the Belarus-supported Russian attack on Ukraine.
According to the news release, the measure is adopted under section 31 of the Customs Tariff. The MFN withdrawal will be valid for 180 days but can be prolonged by a bicameral decision of the national Parliament.
The measure is part of the economic sanctions applied by Canada to Russia in response to the invasion of Ukraine. The only country subject to the Canadian General Tariff before was North Korea.
In this context, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland said: "Today, I am announcing that Canada will be the first country to revoke Russia’s and Belarus’s Most-Favoured-Nation status as a trading partner under Canadian law... The economic costs of the Kremlin’s barbaric war are already high, and they will continue to rise. Canada and our allies are united in our condemnation of President Putin and his war of aggression, and we are united in our support for the remarkable Ukrainians who are so bravely resisting his assault".