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


ANTI-DUMPING DUTY ON STEEL FASTENERS (SCREWS & BOLTS) – EXPIRY REVIEW

Anti-dumping & countervailing duty on carbon and stainless steel fasteners made in China and Taiwan is scheduled to expire on January 6, 2010.

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal has initiated an expiry review of its findings made on January 7, 2005 concerning the dumping of certain carbon steel fasteners,


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


STRIKE THREAT IN INDIA

Employees of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) have threatened to go on a strike starting at midnight Thursday April 30. The protest is against the government’s move to redeploy the workforce at Mumbai and Delhi airports.

Approximately 4,000 employees from both Mumbai and Delhi airports are to be redeployed next month in accordance with the


LONG BEACH CALIFORNIA POSTPONES CONTAINER FEES

The Board of Harbor Commissioners for the Port of Long Beach has voted to postpone container fees. (Refer to OMNITRANS NEWS August 7, 2008). The fees were intended to fund infrastructure projects, and are postponed until at least July of 2010 due to a decline in international trade.

The Commission plans to seek other


SHIPMENTS FROM MEXICO NOW ELIGIBLE FOR CSA CLEARANCE

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has expanded the Customs Self Assessment (CSA) clearance and accounting option to include eligible commercial goods shipped directly from Mexico. Prior to this amendment, the CSA clearance option was only applicable to goods from the U.S. (the accounting option is available to imports from anywhere).

CSA


PET FOOD AND TREATS SUBJECT TO ADDITIONAL CONTROLS

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) controls imports of pet food and treats such as dog chews in order to protect against disease. Because of the risks associated with products derived from meat, the CFIA has revised the regulations to include the following requirements:

  • CFIA requires a copy of the label or

REQUEST FOR TARIFF RELIEF ON GAS TURBINE-DRIVEN GENERATOR SETS

The Department of Finance has invited views on a request for tariff relief on the following generators:

o Gas turbine-driven generator sets with a range of 30 to 40 MW.

This equipment is currently dutiable at 6% under the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) tariff treatment under tariff item 8502.39.10.

Importers or


CORDED WINDOW PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO NEW STANDARDS

As of April 2, 2009, corded window covering products are subject to enforcement of legally-binding requirements that reduce the risk of strangulation to young children.

The Corded Window Coverings Products Regulations specify requirements to reduce the risk of strangulation as follows.

  • Corded window coverings must meet the product safety requirements of section 4