TRANSPACIFIC CARRIERS ANNOUNCE INCREASE IN BAF SURCHARGES

Effective July 1, 2008, CTSA carrier members will increase the Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF) on ocean freight from Asia and the Indian sub-continent as follows:

D20: US$ 70.00 
D40: US$ 90.00 
D40H: US$ 100.00 
D45′ J: US$ 115.00

Surcharges are implemented by steamship lines and are required to help carriers adjust to increasing


TRUCKING STRIKE IN INDIA CALLED OFF

The government of India has exempted truckers from payment of a 12.5% service tax on supply of vehicles to goods transport agencies.

As a result, the All India Motor Transport Congress has called off their nationwide strike planned for July 2.

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TRUCKING STRIKE LOOMING IN INDIA

The All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) has announced a nationwide strike from July 2 to July 8, 2008. The strike could affect all air and ocean freight movements from India.

The dispute is over recent taxes levied on diesel fuel, speed governors and toll taxes.

Representatives from the AIMTC stated that unless demands are


ACTION REQUIRED UPON RECEIPT OF CORRESPONDENCE FROM CBSA

Importers that receive correspondence and assessments from the Canada Border Services Agency should be aware that a copy may not have been sent to the broker. Failure to correctly respond to such notices may result in serious consequences to the importer.

When a compliance review begins, importers are asked whether or not


CANADA-PERU FTA – HIGHLIGHTS

As mentioned June 13, 2008, Canada and Peru have signed a free trade agreement (FTA). Following a 21-day review, the government will introduce legislation to implement the treaties, aiming for implementation by January 1, 2009.

Canada also signed a labour cooperation agreement and an environment agreement with Peru. The Canada-Peru Agreement on the Environment commits both


JOB ACTION LOOMING AT CBSA

The Customs Excise Union and the Canada Border Services Agency are experiencing difficulties in negotiating new contracts that may result in job action. Unresolved issues are related to salary and job security.

Border inspections and services from the CBSA could cause delays at the border.

We will provide updates as they become available.


THOUSANDS OF CONTAINERS ARE DELAYED BY PROTESTING FARMERS IN INDIA

The Gujjars, a group of nomadic farmers have blocked rail lines out of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. This action has caused delays to 15,000 containers in Jawaharlal Nehru Port near Mumbai, where more than 60 percent of the country’s containers are handled. The Gujjars have been protesting for over


STRIKES IN FRANCE & SOUTH KOREA

PORT STRIKES IN FRANCE

Port workers in the largest French oil port of Fos-Lavera are to go on a 48-hour strike on June 17-18.

Workers at France’s biggest port of Marseille staged a 48-hour walkout on June 12, the latest of a string of strikes and protests over port privatization plans.

France’s main union


STRIKES IN FRANCE & SOUTH KOREA

PORT STRIKES IN FRANCE

Port workers in the largest French oil port of Fos-Lavera are to go on a 48-hour strike on June 17-18.

Workers at France’s biggest port of Marseille staged a 48-hour walkout on June 12, the latest of a string of strikes and protests over port privatization plans.

France’s main union


CANADA-COLOMBIA FREE TRADE NEGOTIATIONS HAVE BEEN CONCLUDED

Foreign Affairs and International Trade announced that on June 7, 2008, Canada concluded free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with Colombia.

A legal review of the negotiated texts will now be carried out. Following the review, the agreements will be signed by the parties and then will be tabled in the House of Commons