The main feature of CARIBCAN is the unilateral extension by Canada, beginning on June 15, 1986, of duty-free access to the Canadian market for most commodities originating in Commonwealth Caribbean countries. On November 28, 1986, a decision by the Contracting Parties to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) waived until June 15, 1998, the provisions of paragraph 1 of Article 1 of the General Agreement, "only to the extent necessary to permit the Government of Canada to provide duty-free treatment to eligible imports of Commonwealth Caribbean countries benefiting from the provisions of CARIBCAN, without being required to extend the same duty-free treatment to like products of any other contracting party" (L/6102). On December 15, 2006 the WTO extended the CARIBCAN waiver until December 31, 2011 (WT/L/677). The conditions associated with the CARIBCAN waiver remain unchanged. For more information, please consult the
WTO document WT/L/741.