The original Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (known as the “CIFTA”) entered into effect on January 1, 1997. It was a limited free trade agreement. The CIFTA was previously amended on July 5, 2002 and November 1, 2003. On May 28, 2018, Canada and Israel again amended the CIFTA by signing the Canada-Israel Free Trade Amending
On July 13, 2017, early in the morning, we posted an article entitled “The Canadian Food Inspection Agency Asks For Israeli Wines To Be Removed From Ontario Shelves“. We are pleased to confirm that the CFIA has reversed its decision that wines produced from grapes grown in the West Bank and fermented…
On July 11, 2017, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario issued a letter to vendors, which revealed an astonishing decision by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (“CFIA”). The CFIA took the position that wine produced from grapes that are grown, fermented, processed and blended in the West Bank cannot be labelled “Made in Israel” as that is “misleading”. Vendors were asked to stop importing the wines sold by two wineries (Psagot Winery Ltd. DN Mirrah Binyamin Psagot 9062400 or Shiloh Winery Ltd. Ma’ale Levona) that are labelled as “Product of Israel” and to remove all wine from the two Israeli wineries from store shelves.
Here is a copy of the letter: