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New modernized Chile-Canada trade deal another step toward more open, inclusive trade

By Chilean Foreign Minister Robert Ampuero      

The two countries are celebrating a new milestone in trade ties this week, with the coming into force of a revised free trade agreement.

Chilean Foreign Minister Robert Ampuero, left, meets with International Trade Minister Jim Carr, right, in Ottawa this week to mark the coming into force of the two countries’ revised free trade agreement. Photograph courtesy of Robert Ampuero’s Twitter

In 2017, just a year after celebrating the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, Chile and Canada commemorated another milestone: 20 years of the bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA), in force since July 1997. While the assessment of two decades of bilateral free trade was positive, it also seemed evident that our FTA required a modernization to better serve its purpose. So in June 2017, both countries signed a modernized agreement. On Feb. 5, this agreement entered into force.

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