Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

When ratified and fully implemented CETA will provide tariff free access for Canadian lobster products to all countries belonging to the European Union.

Under CETA the EU will eliminate tariffs on all lobsters and lobster products qualified as originating in Canada* over a period of five years. Please see the chart below for more detail:


Current EU applied tariff

Tariff treatment under CETA

Live lobster


Duty free upon entry into force

Frozen lobster, whole


Tariff will be phased out over 3 years

Frozen lobster, not whole


Tariff will be phased out over 3 years

Processed lobster


Tariff will be phased out over 5 years

For those products with a tariff phase-out under CETA the tariff will be eliminated in equal annual stages beginning on the date the Agreement enters into force. For example, the EU will eliminate its 8% tariff on frozen lobster (whole) over 3 years in 4 equal annual stages so the following phase-out schedule would apply:

Frozen lobster Homarus spp., whole, even cooked by steaming or by boiling in water (excl. smoked) (classified under tariff code 0306.12.10 of the EU’s Common Customs Tariff).

 Base rate (pre-CETA)


Stage 1 (date CETA enters into force)


Stage 2 (January 1 to December 31 of the following calendar year, i.e., year 2 of the CETA)


Stage 3 (January 1 to December 31)


Stage 4 (January 1 of year 4 and onwards)

Duty fully eliminated

The LCC will follow the implementation process closely and ensure that Canadian lobster exporters are aware of the tariff changes and how they can benefit.