Our history

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal began operations on December 31, 1988, following the merger of the Tariff Board, the Canadian Import Tribunal and the Textile and Clothing Board. However, our history goes back to the time of Confederation and the Board of Customs, whose appellate mandate was transferred to the Tariff Board in the 1930s. 


The Board of Customs is established. Its powers include the review of matters such as the value for duty, the re-determination of a rate of duty, or the exemption of a good from duty. The decisions of the Board are subject to the approval of the Minister of Revenue.


Canada adopts its first anti-dumping legislation. It is among the first countries in the world to have such legislative tools. Under this legislation, duties are automatically applied to dumped goods, without case-by-case investigations.


The Tariff Board is established to inquire into economic matters referred to it by the Minister of Finance. The powers of the Board of Customs are transferred to the Tariff Board.


The Anti-dumping Tribunal is established, following the adoption of the GATT Anti-Dumping Code. The application of anti-dumping duties is, from now on, subject to a determination by an independent tribunal of whether the dumping has caused material injury to domestic production.


The Anti-dumping Tribunal is established. Its mandate, under the Special Import Measures Act, is to conduct injury inquiries into anti-dumping and countervailing duty proceedings and into safeguard cases.


The Textile and Clothing Board is established. It inquires into safeguard complaints by the Canadian textile and apparel industries.


Our operations start following the merger of the Tariff Board, the Canadian Import Tribunal and the Textile and Clothing Board.


We absorb the Procurement Review Board, extending our mandate to include inquiries into whether federal procurement processes are carried out in accordance with Canada’s domestic and international trade obligations.


Our staff and budget are transferred to the Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada.


We celebrate our 30th anniversary on December 31. 


We are at the heart of Canada's trade remedy system, and, in any given year, the impact of our decisions can exceed $5 billion and lead to the creation and retention of thousands of jobs in Canada.