Trade Agreements Between Canada And JapanOctober 12, 2021 6:06 am
Cooperation and technical exchanges between our governments and the private sector have continued and many improvements have been made to housing technology and regulation. An important example is high-quality coniferous wood and related construction products. In the initial phase, the sawmill industry in British Columbia worked with Japanese wood importers and home building companies to make high-quality coniferous wood for Japan, which led to the special “J” class as it is known today. In 1973, the Canadian Forest Industries Council, with the support of Canada`s federal and provincial governments and industry, committed to an aggressive market development program in Japan. Such efforts, combined with the cooperation of the Japanese government, which tried to increase housing opportunities for its citizens, culminated in 1974 in the formal approval of wood sorting standards and a building code for two-fold, four-prefabricated wooden constructions that were not previously possible in Japan. In May 2004, cooperation between Canada and Japan enabled Japan to recognize and accept large-scale four-storey timber constructions in previously limited areas or urban areas. Subsequently, in October 2006, the post-and-beam structures also obtained approval from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is now comparable to two times four and other fire-resistant structures. Combined with the Japanese certification of the strength properties of the new Canadian hemlock variety (E120-F330) kiln-dried (E120-F330) in September 2006, these technical achievements mark an important step to regain a foothold in the Japanese wood market. First, the scope of modelling is limited to the elimination of tariffs on goods. However, modern free trade agreements also contain other provisions, such as trade in services, investment, customs cooperation and other areas of cooperation, as well as trade facilitation, that address non-tariff barriers that would benefit businesses. These different measures can lead to the development of bilateral trade in different ways.