CSA ELIGIBILITY CHANGE

The Canada Border Services Agency has revised the Customs Self-Assessment (CSA) eligibility criteria and no longer requires applicants to have at least a two-year history of actively importing commercial goods into Canada.

The revised importer eligibility requirements are as follows.

• Must be a resident of Canada *

• Must have a history of actively importing for


RE-INVESTIGATION INTO ANTI-DUMPING DUTY RATES ON WATERPROOF FOOTWEAR

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has initiated a re-investigation of the normal values and export prices of waterproof footwear and bottoms of plastic or rubber originating in or exported from China. The subject goods are defined as:

• waterproof footwear and bottoms of plastic or rubber, including moulded clogs, originating in


POSSIBLE ANTI-DUMPING DUTY ON THERMAL INSULATION BOARD FROM THE UNITED STATES

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has received a complaint that polyisocyanurate thermal insulation board originating in or exported from the United Stats is being dumped, causing injury to Canadian producers (i.e. lower sales volumes, prices, profits, employment and capacity utilization).

As a result, the CBSA is seeking information


CTSA PLANS FOR UPCOMING RATE INCREASES

Canada Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (CTSA) members have adopted a 2010 guideline revenue program for 2010 which involves rate increases. The adjustments, intended to restore financial stability address rising operating costs, are as follows:

• A general rate increase (GRI) of US$800 per 40-foot container (FEU) for Vancouver local and door cargo, and US$1,000 per


PERSONAL LAPTOPS SUBJECT TO INSPECTION

Travellers should note that Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officials and agents have the authority to search baggage, validate passports, and check the contents of laptop computers.

The Customs Act gives CBSA border officers authority to examine personal baggage and goods upon arrival to and departure from Canada, including inspection of electronic devices.

The CBSA


CANADA-MOROCCO FTA – REQUEST FOR VIEWS CONCERNING TARIFF REMOVAL, RULES OF ORIGIN, SERVICES & INVESTMENT

The government of Canada is seeking views on the scope of a possible free trade agreement (FTA) between Canada and the Kingdom of Morocco (Morocco).

Views are invited on the following:

• Imports from Morocco products (identified by HS/Tariff codes, if possible) including input on


CANADA-MOROCCO FTA – REQUEST FOR VIEWS CONCERNING TARIFF REMOVAL, RULES OF ORIGIN, SERVICES & INVESTMENT

The government of Canada is seeking views on the scope of a possible free trade agreement (FTA) between Canada and the Kingdom of Morocco (Morocco).

Views are invited on the following:

• Imports from Morocco products (identified by HS/Tariff codes, if possible) including input on


VOC CONCENTRATION LIMITS FOR ARCHITECTURAL COATINGS

The Ministry of Environment has issued Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Architectural Coatings Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. The Regulations establish mandatory VOC concentration limits for 53 categories of architectural coatings and are intended to reduce ground-level ozone which results in the formation of smog. Highlights of the regulations include:


PROVISIONAL ANTI-DUMPING DUTY TO BE REFUNDED ON WATERPROOF RUBBER FOOTWEAR FROM CHINA & VIETNAM

On June 4 and September 10, 2009 we advised that provisional anti-dumping duty applies to dumped waterproof footwear constructed wholly or in part of rubber, thermoplastic rubber (TPR) and/or plastic originating in or exported from China and Vietnam, pending the outcome of the injury investigation.

On


HEALTH CANADA PROPOSES TO EXPAND INGREDIENT LISTING REQUIREMENTS ON FOOD PRODUCTS

Health Canada has announced a proposal to expand food-labelling requirements to include components of ingredients that often go undeclared.

The strengthened labelling regulations are intended to reduce the number of food recalls and allergic reactions by requiring raw materials to be included in the ingredients list on food products