RAIL FREIGHT SERVICE REVIEW

The Minister of State (Transport) has appointed a panel to conduct Phase II of the rail freight service review. The review is examining Canada’s rail-based logistics system (including shippers, terminal operators, ports and vessels), focusing on service provided to Canadian importers and exporters.

The panel will propose recommendations to address problems and issues related to service


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


CBSA / CFIA FEES FOR CARGO INSPECTIONS

 
Food, animals, plants and plant products imported to Canada are monitored and inspected by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and/or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to prevent the introduction of diseases and pests that could pose a risk to the country’s health, wildlife, pets, livestock, crops, forests, lakes, rivers and

CANADA-UKRAINE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT NEGOTIATIONS

Canada and Ukraine have agreed to meet in the coming months to discuss a range of trade and investment issues to facilitate economic relations and fight protectionism.

A free trade agreement with Ukraine could open markets for Canadian exports ranging from agricultural and seafood products to machinery and pharmaceuticals. It could also help to address


CANADA-COLOMBIA FTA UPDATE

The government of Colombia announced last week that it will open the doors to imports of Canadian beef. Exports will resume once Canada and Colombia agree to the format of valid certificates. In addition, the government of Canada will continue to work with Colombia to ensure resumption in trade in cattle.

This development may help the prospects …


TRANSPACIFIC CARRIERS ANNOUNCE INCREASE IN BAF SURCHARGES

Effective October 1, 2009, CTSA carrier members will increase the Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF) on ocean freight from Asia and the Indian sub-continent as follows:

For cargo moving to and via West Coast ports:
USD 96.00 per 20′ container
USD 120.00 per 40′ container
USD 135.00 per 40′ HC container
USD 152.00 per


THE GOVERNMENT HAS INVITED VIEWS REGARDING TARIFF REMOVAL ON MANUFACTURING INPUTS & MACHINERY

The Department of Finance has invited views on the proposed elimination of Most-Favoured-Nation (MFN) tariff rates on a wide range of manufacturing inputs, machinery and equipment. The measure is part of the Economic Action Plan and the government’s intention is to remove the tariffs for a period


VIRGIN OLIVE OIL MUST COMPLY WITH THE FOOD & DRUGS ACT

Recently, a conviction was registered against an olive oil distribution company in the Toronto Court of Justice for two counts of violating the Food and Drugs Act, and the company was fined a total of $7,500.

The charges were as a result of a consumer complaint filed in


VIRGIN OLIVE OIL MUST COMPLY WITH THE FOOD & DRUGS ACT

Recently, a conviction was registered against an olive oil distribution company in the Toronto Court of Justice for two counts of violating the Food and Drugs Act, and the company was fined a total of $7,500.

The charges were as a result of a consumer complaint filed in