TORONTO, Oct. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Federation of Independent
Business (CFIB) applauds the federal government for finalizing a free
trade agreement with the European Union. Canadian small business owners
have supported trade arrangements that can open new markets for
Canadian goods and services and help Canadian small businesses to grow.
"This is a good day for businesses that currently trade or plan to trade
with the European market," said CFIB president Dan Kelly. "Canadian
entrepreneurs can compete with anyone in the world, and we're glad to
see the government removing some of the barriers that hold businesses
back from growing and creating jobs."
CFIB member surveys have found that many Canadian small businesses would
like to increase the volume of goods and services bought and sold
across the Atlantic, but cite the following challenges:
Fluctuating value of the Canadian dollar (67 per cent);
Costs associated with buying or selling, such as the cost of shipping
(45 per cent);
High tariffs and/or duties (28 per cent); and,
Having to deal with different rules/standards in each country (21 per
Small business owners who already trade with Europe have been hopeful
that many of these issues will be addressed by the Canada-European
Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) announced
today. In particular, they are encouraged by elements of the deal that
address harmonization of regulations, simplification of border
processes, and reduction of paperwork.
While complimenting a deal that will open up new markets to Canadian
goods and services, CFIB will be carefully reviewing the trade
agreement for any impact on local industries. "It will be important for
us at CFIB to gauge the reaction of small firms to specific changes in
the context of the other important wins for our members and the broader
small business community," Kelly concluded.
CFIB is Canada's largest association of small and medium-sized
businesses with 109,000 members across every sector and region.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Independent Business
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