EXTENSION OF MOST-FAVOURED-NATION TARIFF TREATMENT TO LIBYA

The government of Canada has extended Most-Favoured-Nation (MFN) tariff treatment to Libya as part of the normalization of relations between Canada and Libya. Prior to this extension, goods from Libya were subject to the General Tariff rate of 35%.

Under its World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations, Canada grants MFN tariff treatment to all


NOTICE TO CANPASS AIR AND NEXUS MEMBERS

Business travellers may be interested to know that laptops, briefcases, and similar business items used in the normal course of business may be declared through the Nexus lane. The same applies to Canpass Air members. These items are not considered as commercial goods and are to be declared on form E311, Declaration Card.


PAPERLESS ELECTRONIC CARGO BOOKINGS IN KOCHI, INDIA

Cochin Port Trust has become the first e-port in India by computerizing of all its customer interface and internal back office processes.

The e-freight system will provide a single window facility to the trade for filing applications, receiving bills, payments and enquiries. Once fully operational, it will provide a real time interface with


Dès mercredi le 18 février 2009, les ports de Long Beach et de Los Angeles percevront les frais Clean Truck. Les clients importants des conteneurs aux ports de Long Beach ou de Los Angeles, ou qui ont des conteneurs arrivant et en transit aux ports susmentionnés par camion sont concernés par la Clean Truck Act.

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OOCL TO CUT CAPACITY

OOCL’s parent company Chairman C.C. Tung announced that based on an expected 20-30% drop in the firm’s container traffic in early 2009, they will slash capacity by 25%. They say it may take 2 to 3 years before the industry sees positive growth. Tung also said that OOCL will not renew 13 or 14 chartered vessel


CLEAN TRUCK FEES PAYABLE IN CALIFORNIA

The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will begin collecting Clean Truck Fees on Wednesday, February 18, 2009. Clients importing containers into the Ports of Long Beach or Los Angeles, or have containers arriving and in transit through the above mentioned ports via truck will be subject to the Clean Truck Act.

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CHINA HAS INCREASED TAX REBATES ON TEXTILES AND APPAREL

China has increased tax rebates on textiles and clothing to 15% effective February 3, 2009, in order to boost foreign sales in an environment of weaker global demand.

Importers should check with their suppliers to see how the measures might affect their prices.

Additional information concerning this and other recent developments


AMENDMENTS TO THE TRANSPORTATION OF DANGEROUS GOODS REGULATIONS

Canada’s Minister of Transport has tabled amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act aimed at enhancing the safety and security of Canadians when dangerous goods are imported, handled or transported in Canada.

The proposed amendments would introduce the following amendments:

  • Amend the Emergency Response Assistance Program to strengthen emergency response assistance

BILL C-6 INTRODUCES THE CANADA CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY ACT

The government of Canada has tabled Bill C-6, the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act.

Similar to Bill C-52 introduced last August, the purpose of this Act is to protect the public by addressing or preventing dangers to human health or safety that are posed by consumer products in Canada, including those