Alignment with International Commitments GASTA better meets Canada`s commitments under international trade agreements such as the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This reduces compliance costs for Canadian companies that do business both domestically and internationally. By removing trade barriers, the CFTA also promotes productivity and encourages investment in Canadian communities. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has indicated that Canada could increase productivity by reducing non-tariff barriers by strengthening EEA coverage and reconciling regulatory barriers. In addition, the International Monetary Fund indicated that reducing inter-provincial trade barriers in Canada would help create the appropriate conditions for expanding domestic business investment and attracting foreign direct investment. Economic Impact GASTA is committed to promoting domestic trade, one of the main drivers of economic growth. Domestic trade accounts for about one-fifth of Canada`s annual GDP, or about $385 billion per year. The Canada Free Trade Agreement (ATF) is an intergovernmental trade agreement signed by Canadian ministers that came into force on July 1, 2017. At the Kigali Summit, areas of agreement were reached on trade protocols, dispute settlement procedures, customs cooperation, trade facilitation and rules of origin. This was part of Phase I of the agreement, which deals with the liberalisation of goods and services.
There was also a consensus on reducing tariffs to 90% of all goods. Each nation can exclude 3% of the goods from this agreement.  Several committees have been established for trade in goods, trade in services, rules of origin, remedial measures, non-tariff barriers, technical barriers to trade, and health and plant health measures.  Dispute resolution rules and procedures are still being negotiated, but should also include the appointment of a dispute resolution authority.  The Committee of Senior Trade Officials implements the Council`s decisions. The Committee is responsible for the development of programmes and action plans for the implementation of the AfCFTA agreement.  In December 2014, the federal, regional and territorial governments began negotiations to strengthen and modernize the Internal Trade Agreement (TIA).