Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
Subject to Legal Review in English and French for Accuracy, Clarity and Consistency.
Subject to Authentication of English and French Versions.
Letter from Canada to Japan
In connection with the signing on this date of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (the “Agreement”),
I have the honour to confirm the following understanding reached by the Governments of Japan and Canada
during the course of negotiations regarding trade in forest products.
Japan and Canada agree to the creation of, among others, a Bilateral Forestry Committee on Forest Products,
which will undertake to review the necessity of safeguard mechanisms in the trade of forest products during
the fifth year after the date of entry into force of the Agreement for Japan and Canada, and as a standing
agenda item in each subsequent year thereafter. The Committee will also undertake to review the understandings
between the Governments of Japan and Canada as described below. Either Japan or Canada may raise a matter
relating to the understandings set out in this letter to the Committee, and the Committee shall seek to
resolve that matter. Either Japan or Canada with whom the matter is raised shall accord sympathetic
consideration to the position of the other side.
In the context of liberalized trade for forest products, upon implementation of the TPP, notwithstanding the
exception for the export of logs of all species from the application of Articles 3 (National Treatment) and
Article 11 (Import and Export Restrictions) in Chapter 2 (National Treatment and Market Access for Goods)
of the Agreement, the Government of Canada shall issue permits upon request for the export of logs destined
for Japan following the procedures set out in the Export and Import Permits Act and its applicable notices
and regulations and provincial and territorial laws and regulations.
For greater certainty, Japan and Canada confirm that nothing in this letter shall have any other implications
with respect to Canada's existing practices and procedures relating to its existing measures concerning the
export of logs of all species. In respect of the export of logs, Japan and Canada maintain their rights and
obligations under the WTO Agreement, and any dispute regarding a matter relating to the export of logs shall
be settled under the WTO.
I have the further honour to propose that this letter, equally valid in French and English, and your letter
of confirmation in reply shall constitute an understanding between our two Governments on the application
between Japan and Canada of rights and obligations contained in the Agreement, which shall enter into force
on the date on which the Agreement enters into force.