« FTA`s success lies in investments, » says Sylvain Fabi. According to him, Canadian investment in Chile has almost doubled since the launch of the CCFTA. Fabi is still hoping for Canadian exports. « We believe the agreement is still under-exploited, » he said. « We still have a lot of work to do to give the Canadian economy the opportunities of Chile. » To promote this trade, the agreement is still being embellished. A chapter on government procurement is awaiting ratification and discussions on a financial services agreement have begun. On February 5, 2019, the Modernized Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA), which supports an open, inclusive and progressive rules-based business environment, came into force. CcFTA is the cornerstone of Canada`s strong trade and investment relationship with Chile. Since its launch in 1997, ccFTA has brought benefits to both countries. Bilateral merchandise trade has nearly quadrupled since the Entry into Force of the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement, reaching $2.9 billion in 2017. At the end of 2017, the stock of Canadian investment in Chile stood at $17.1 billion, making Chile the top direct investment target in South and Central America.
In 2017, Canada and Chile signed amendment agreements to modernize the ENTERPRISE`s free trade agreement and support an open, inclusive and progressive rules-based business environment. The Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) is a trade agreement between Canada and Chile. Signed in Santiago, Chile, on 5 December 1996, it entered into force on 5 July 1997. Tariffs on 75% of bilateral trade were immediately eliminated.  It was Canada`s first free trade agreement with a Latin American nation (except Mexico) and Chile`s first comprehensive free trade agreement. In the first ten years, trade between Canada and Chile increased by more than 300%, with merchandise trade increasing from $718 million in 1996 to $2.7 billion $US in 2010. Bilateral trade in services increased to $164 million in 2005. Canadian investment in Chile reached $13.3 billion in 2010 and Canada was the main source of new investment in Chile.  A survey of the many Canadian companies that operate successfully in Chile appears to support Dymond`s view that negotiating free trade agreements is an exercise in insignificance. With the exception of Nortel Networks, none of the companies contacted, Scotiabank and the Vancouver-based methanol producer, pay tribute to Methanex Corp.
up to March Networks and bc Bearing Group – the CCFTA for its success. « For us, the free trade agreement has few direct consequences, » said Bruce Aitken, president of Methanex. He says large natural gas expropriation basins in southern Chile attracted methane to the country 15 years ago. Bill Dix, vice president at BC Bearing, says his company only followed its mining customers. And Louis Jajam, sales director for Latin America at Winnipeg-based Duha Group, says the CCFTA has only helped « a little » to export color displays to Chilean factories, adding that « without the FTA, we would have sold US$450,000 instead of $500,000. » The Canadian Wheat Board was the only exporter to strongly agree with the fabis argument that ccFTA had benefited trade. Although wheat sales in Chile have collapsed over the past decade, the board of directors attributes the agreement to continue Canada`s ban on the Chilean durham wheat market. Spokeswoman Maureen Fitzhenry says Canada only has to look at countries where it does not have agreements to identify CCFTA contributions. « Brazil signed a free trade agreement with the United States in the late 1980s, and we are almost out of that market. [Not having an FTA] can kill you, » she says. The CCFTA was probably reduced when Chile signed 43 other bilateral pacts (if each European country is counted separately). « It`s kind of a crazy game, » Goldfarb says.
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