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The governments of Canada and India are negotiating a ‘Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement’ which they seek to conclude in 2013. By May 2012, five rounds of negotiations had taken place. This agreement is wideranging and negotiations have included rules of origin, trade facilitation, technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and trade in services, including temporary entry for business persons, telecommunications, and financial services. According to unnamed official sources, India is likely to exclude an investor-state dispute clause in its FTAs.

last update: May 2012

Trade deal with India would provide access to huge market
When Tom Sundher, president of Surrey-based Coast Clear Wood, started exporting to India seven years ago, a container of his lumber for making doors, windows and cabinets would arrive in Mumbai and be stamped with a staggering duty of 37.5 per cent.
Canada calls for India free-trade agreement if WTO talks fail
Canada wants India to consider a free-trade agreement between the two countries if global trade talks continue to falter, a Canadian lawmaker said.
Canada hopes to conclude free trade agreement with India
Canada hopes to sign an investment promotion and protection agreement with India later this year that would encourage free trade between the two countries, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said.