PLASTIC BABY BOTTLES MAY NOT CONTAIN BISPHENOL A

The government of Canada announced it will proceed with drafting regulations to prohibit the importation, sale and advertising of polycarbonate baby bottles that contain bisphenol A (BPA). The government will also take action to limit the amount of BPA that is being released into the environment.

The Ministries of Environment and Health


ADDITIONAL ONLINE SERVICES AVAILABLE FROM THE CANADA REVENUE AGENCY

Through “My Business Account”, companies can use this secure online service to:

  • check the status of goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST)* returns and see when Notices of Assessment were issued;
  • access a variety of business tax information and services, including account balances and activities.
  • transfer payments and credits within

CANADA-EUROPEAN UNION SUMMIT MAY BEGIN FREE TRADE TALKS

Canadian and European officials have reported that plans are underway to begin negotiating a free trade agreement with the 27 nations of the European Union at the Canada-European Union Summit October 17, 2008.

The 27-country European Union, with 500 million people and 30% of global GDP, is the world’s single biggest market


ADVANCED MANIFEST REGULATION IN CHINA REQUIRES DATA 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE

Please be advised that the Customs administration in China has announced a 24-hour Advanced Manifest regulation to begin January 1, 2009.

Under this regulation, all ocean carriers must submit a list of manifest data to China Customs at least 24 hours prior to cargo loading, with the exception of


VALUE FOR DUTY COMPLIANCE – ENSURE DISCOUNTS ARE ACCURATELY REPORTED

Importers should be aware that trade discounts applicable to imports are deductible. However, if those discounts apply to previous imports, they are not deductible – a refund should be filed against the applicable transaction.

Additional information on how to achieve compliance with valuation regulations is available from our technical consulting


EXPANDED PRINCE RUPERT ROUTING SERVICE

Omnitrans announced on September 9th that we had extended our Prince Rupert service to include LCL shipments. We are happy to announce that this new service is working well. In reaction to the success of this service, we would like to inform our loyal customers that we offer this service from several additional origins. We


CBSA IS INCREASING INSPECTIONS OF IMPORTS OF FOOD PRODUCTS THAT MAY CONTAIN MELAMINE

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is advising all importers of food products from China containing milk or milk-derived ingredients that the Agency will require documentation demonstrating certain safety and compliance for these products.

For infant formula and baby food that contains milk or milk-derived ingredients, documentation


CBSA IS AUDITING DESIGNERS FOR COMPLIANCE WITH THE DESIGNER REMISSION ORDER

The CBSA is auditing companies that utilize tariff relief for fabrics imported under the Designer Remission Order.

Failure to comply with all conditions may result in removal from the program, after which duty will be payable on imported fabrics (generally 10-14%). Retroactive assessments can apply up to 4 years


THE OUTWARD PROCESSING REMISSION PROGRAM

On May 9, 2008, we advised that the government of Canada implemented an outward processing remission program that removes all or part of the import duties on certain wearing apparel produced in a developing General Preferential Tariff (GPT) country using certain Canadian material inputs. The program is intended to benefit both Canadian textile manufacturers and