USED VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT MUST BE FREE FROM SOIL PRIOR TO ARRIVAL IN CANADA

Goods, specifically used vehicles, machinery and equipment contaminated with foreign soil will be refused entry to Canada under the provisions of Section 42 of the Plant Protection Regulations. Goods must be cleaned prior to shipment to Canada.

Due to the increasing number of invasive pests damaging


WOOD PACKAGING INTO TAIWAN MUST BE FUMIGATED BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2009

Exporters are reminded that all wood packaging materials used for shipping goods into Taiwan must be accompanied with certificates to prove that they have been fumigated or heat-treated in the country of export according to International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15.

As of January 1, 2009, any imported


ISSUES DISCOVERED IN CUSTOMS COMPLIANCE VERIFICATIONS – HOW TO AVOID PENALTIES & ASSESSMENTS

The CBSA has provided the following information related to compliance verifications (audits).



Currently there are 12 national priorities for compliance verification:

Tariff Classification verification

• Juice products

Origin verification

• Large household appliances
• Sport/recreational fishing equipment
• Swimming Pools
• Air-conditioner industry
• Articles of bedding …

COMPETITION BUREAU WARNING ABOUT INCORRECT TEXTILE LABELS FOR BAMBOO

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council has reported an increase in claims of textiles being “bamboo”, “made from bamboo” or containing “bamboo fibres”. As a result, the Competition Bureau of Canada has reaffirmed its position that whenever an article is made of man-made rayon fibres derived from bamboo, the generic fibre


POSSIBLE ANTI-DUMPING DUTY ON MATTRESS INNERSPRINGS FROM CHINA

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has received a complaint that certain mattress innerspring units originating in or exported from China are being dumped, causing injury to Canadian producers.

As a result, the CBSA is seeking information from importers to determine if the goods are being dumped and the Canadian International Trade


CBSA REMINDS IMPORTERS THAT DUTIES RELIEF IS AN EXPORT-BASED PROGRAM

Duties Relief Program participants must be able to track all receipts, activities, and movement of goods imported under the program. These records must enable customs auditors to verify that goods imported under the program were either exported or duty-paid, and that all discrepancies such as overages and shortages were reported.


ISSUES DISCOVERED IN CUSTOMS COMPLIANCE VERIFICATIONS – HOW TO AVOID PENALTIES & ASSESSMENTS

The CBSA has provided the following information related to compliance verifications (audits).



Currently there are 12 national priorities for compliance verification:

Tariff Classification verification

• Juice products

Origin verification

• Large household appliances
• Sport/recreational fishing equipment
• Swimming Pools
• Air-conditioner industry
• Articles of bedding …

FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH SWITZERLAND, NORWAY, LIECHTENSTEIN & ICELAND

The free trade agreement (FTA) with the states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA)-Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland-has received Royal Assent. Canada will provide official notification to the four EFTA countries in order for the Agreement to come into force on July 1, 2009. Upon implementation of the EFTA, most


FREE TRADE NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE EU

Canada and the European Union (EU) plan to start negotiating a new economic and free trade agreement at this month’s EU-Canada summit.

Negotiators will try to expand trade in areas such as investment services, government procurement and agriculture goods, and will also try to allow the temporary movement of workers between Canada and the