CHANGES TO CLEARANCE PROCESS FOR “HAND-CARRIED” COMMERCIAL SAMPLE IMPORTS AT MONTRÉAL’S PIERRE ELLIOT TRUDEAU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has initiated new release procedures for “hand-carried” samples arriving at Montréal’s Trudeau Airport.

Under the previous process, the CBSA allowed customs brokers to submit declarations for arriving passengers using the Release on Minimum Documentation (RMD) process. Effective immediately,


WHTI (WESTERN HEMISPHERE TRAVEL INITIATIVE)

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) is a U.S. law that requires all travelers, including U.S. and Canadian citizens, to present a valid passport or other approved secure document when entering the United States from within the western hemisphere. It is being implemented in two stages:

 

  • For air travel, the law came into effect

CANADA-EUROPEAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (CEFTA) COMING INTO FORCE ON JULY 1, 2009

The Government of Canada received “Royal Assent” to implement a free trade agreement with the states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA): Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Canada and the EFTA officially signed the free trade agreement on January 26, 2008.

Two-way trade with the EFTA member


TARIFF RELIEF RECOMMENDED ON WOVEN POLYESTER WARP PILE FABRIC

In request number TR-8-0037, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) recommended to the Minister of Finance that tariff relief be granted on importations from all countries on the following warp pile fabric:

  • Knitted warp pile fabric, cut, solely of polyester, including the ground fabric, brushed, for use in the manufacture of

PROPOSAL TO ADD BISPHENOL-A TO THE TOXIC SUBSTANCES LIST

The government of Canada has published a proposal to add Phenol, 4,4′ -(1-methylethylidene)bis- (bisphenol-A) (CAS RN) 80-05-7 to Schedule I (Toxic Substances List) to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

Studies confirm that bisphenol-A can accumulate in tissues and is acutely toxic to aquatic organisms. Concern for neuro-behavioural effects in newborns and


PARS SHIPMENT TRACKING AVAILABLE AT OMNITRANS.COM

We are pleased to announce that PARS status tracking of Canadian import shipments is now available in the tracking section of our website, omnitrans.com. This service is available free of charge to all importers and carriers.

In addition to customs entry status, this verification tool displays the PARS number, date of transmission to CBSA,


WEATHER DELAYS ON CN’S WESTERN CANADA LINES

The following message is from CN Intermodal. ue to extreme cold weather along the network throughout Western Canada and from Winnipeg to Chicago, operating delays of up to 24 hours can be expected. This severe cold weather is forecasted to continue until later this week.

Specific details regarding individual unit transit times are