VANCOUVER PORT STRIKE UPDATE

Workers at British Columbia ports in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and Prince Rupert could be in a position to strike beginning January 2, 2009.

In the event a of a strike we strongly recommend that cargo be routed via one of our USA options. Omnitrans and our carrier partners have multiple options for the discharge


GARMENTS WITH SHOULDER PADS & PADDED GARMENTS – STUFFED ARTICLES LABELLING REQUIREMENTS SUSPENDED

As we advised August 8, 2008, the Ontario Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) was including garments with padding in its labelling and licensing requirements beginning July 1, 2009. This change would have affected a wide range of intimate and fashion apparel including padded undergarments and garments


GARMENTS WITH SHOULDER PADS & PADDED GARMENTS – STUFFED ARTICLES LABELLING REQUIREMENTS SUSPENDED

As we advised August 8, 2008, the Ontario Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) was including garments with padding in its labelling and licensing requirements beginning July 1, 2009. This change would have affected a wide range of intimate and fashion apparel including padded undergarments and garments


IMPORTS OF WOOD PRODUCTS REQUIRE PHYTOSANITARY CERTIFICATES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) HS Target List has been updated to reflect the most recent look-out for wooden products that may contain harmful pests. Effective immediately, shipments of the following products require phytosanitary certificates if they are made from components that are 2.54 cm or more in thickness:

  • Statuettes and other

LABOUR DISPUTE THREATENS B.C. PORTS

Port workers in Vancouver and Prince Rupert may go on strike on January 2, 2009.

Talks between the Maritime Employers Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union are not going well and sources state that contingency plans are being made now.

Companies may want to plan now for possible disruptions in January.

We will


THE 2009 CUSTOMS TARIFF IS AVAILABLE ON THE CBSA WEBSITE

The 2009 Customs Tariff Departmental Consolidation is available on the CBSA website.

The 2009 Customs Tariff includes the final phase-out of tariffs under the Canada-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement.

The 2009 Customs Tariff schedule is available at: 
www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/trade-commerce/tariff-tarif/menu-eng.html

Additional information concerning this and other recent developments is available from our


TARIFF RELIEF RECOMMENDED ON WOVEN POLYESTER FABRIC

In request number TR-2007-007, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) recommended to the Minister of Finance that tariff relief be granted on importations from all countries on the following polyester fabric:

  • Woven fabric, satin weave, dyed, of yarns of non-textured polyester filaments in the warp and of textured polyester filaments and elastomeric yarn

TRANSPACIFIC CARRIERS ANNOUNCE DECREASE IN CAF SURCHARGES

Effective December 2, 2008, CTSA carrier members will decrease the Currency Adjustment Factor (CAF) to 0% on ocean freight from Asia and the Indian sub-continent. The surcharge is calculated on the total ocean freight charges excluding fuel recovery (BAF) and is reviewed on a monthly basis.

Surcharges are implemented by steamship lines and


CANADA-COLOMBIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT HAS BEEN SIGNED

On November 21, 2008, Canada signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Colombia. This was the third FTA signed by Canada in 2008.

Two-way trade with Colombia totalled $1.1 billion in 2007, of which exports totalled $661.6 million and imports were $473.63 million. The population of Columbia is 44 million people.

Major Canadian


WOOD PACKAGING REQUIREMENTS REMINDER

Effective July 5, 2006 the government of Canada began refusing to allow non-compliant international wood packaging entry into Canada to reduce the risk of harmful pests being introduced into Canada through untreated wood packaging materials.

International standards require that wood packaging either be heat-treated or fumigated with methyl bromide and marked with an internationally recognized International