COVID-19 has impacted the world and its economies. But a positive sign is the raise of e-commerce. Indeed, in the past three months, some companies have faced exponential growth.
Every country noticed increase in online shopping, social media use, internet telephoning and teleconferencing, and streaming of videos and films, new jump in business-to-consumers (B2C) sales and an increase in business-to-business (B2B) e commerce.
To support this unexpected and sudden growth, ICT services needs to be efficient and affordable. Governments and the private sector are acting to ensure that e commerce can help to alleviate some of the challenges.
This context opens possibilities to strengthen international cooperation and the further development of policies for online purchases and supply. E-commerce can support small businesses and, by making economies more competitive, be an economic driver for both domestic growth and international trade. E- commerce can benefit from looking at greater international cooperation to facilitate the cross-border movement of goods and services, narrow the digital divide, and level the playing field for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).
The CETA agreement provides a great opportunity for EU businesses to develop in Canada and vice versa, it opens and grows new perspectives. Chapter 16 of the agreement is dedicated to e-commerce. I invite you to have a look at our article in the newsletter.
Let’s end these few words with Albert Einstein, ‘in the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity’.
Let’s stay positive I wish everyone to stay safe, as well as your family and your staff.
President – EUCCAN
CETA INFO DESK
How about taking few minutes to review your knowledge around CETA?
Did you know a full chapter of CETA agreement is dedicated to e-commerce?
Chapter 16 covers any business done electronically (e.g. online shopping). It includes rules that ensure that personal information on the internet is protected and that online services will not include customs duties. Canada and the EU also promise to cooperate on issues related to e-commerce, for instance on combatting spam.
Do you want to learn how geographical indications protect EU products in Canada ?
A geographical indication (GI) refers to a name, description or other signifier that is used to identify certain wines, spirits, agricultural products or food products as originating in the territory of a particular country, region or locality if a quality, reputation or other characteristic of the product is essentially linked to its geographical origin.
Canada expanded its GI protection to 24 categories of food and agricultural products.
Maritxu and Eric Amestoy began producing piment d’Espelette (Espelette chilli pepper) on their farm in Halsou, France more than ten years ago. They have since diversified their production into vegetables and eggs. The farm does not use any chemical products. Maritxu and Eric have been exporting their piment d’ Espelette to Canada since 2016. It sells the peppers to a cannery that produces prepared foods. Discover their success story
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FCCCO Thought Leadership
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