Taiwan, Canada agree to customs cooperation pact


TAIPEI — Taiwan signed an agreement with Canada oncustoms cooperation yesterday, a move that will help Taiwan make a greater contribution to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other international bodies, according to a statement released by Taiwan’s government that day. The accord was signed separately by David Lee, Taiwan’s top envoy to Canada, and his Canadian counterpart Scott Fraser, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in the statement. “This agreement will help the two sides’ customs regulators share their experiences” and will enable Taiwan to play a greater role in the WTO, the World Customs Organization and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the statement said. The ministry hailed the signing of the agreement as another example of enhanced relations between Taiwan and Canada.

In 2010, the two sides inked a memorandum of understanding on a working holiday program for young adults.

Later in the same year, Canada granted visa waiver treatment to Taiwanese nationals.

Canada has no official diplomatic ties with Taiwan.