Imports into Canada from Myanmar will now enjoy tariff-free status after the Canadian government restored the country’s General Preferential Tariff (GPT) and Least Developed Country Tariff (LDCT) status.

Myanmar’s eligibility for GPT and LDCT status had been removed in 1997 as part of a widespread global response to concerns about human rights abuses in the country.

But the Canadian government said there had been "positive developments" in recent years – notably the civilian elections in 2010, as well as the release of political prisoners, economic reforms and new laws protecting freedom of association and assembly.

"The reinstatement by Canada of GPT and LDCT entitlement for Burma [Myanmar] will help support the continued progress towards reform in that country," it added.

The European Union reintegrated Myanmar into its Generalised System of Preferences preferential tariff regime in 2013.