NAFTA AUDITS UPDATE – TEXTILE & APPAREL EXPORTERS NEED HELP

In recent months, Canada Border Services Agency auditors have determined that certain textile apparel produced in the United States does not qualify for duty-free entry under NAFTA.

Duty-free tariff treatment applies to NAFTA, LDC and other qualifying goods purchased under free trade agreements. However, assessments due to lack of origin


THE OUTWARD PROCESSING REMISSION PROGRAM ALLOWS DUTY-FREE ENTRY OF APPAREL

The Outward Processing Remission Program removes all or part of the import duties on wearing apparel produced in a developing General Preferential Tariff (GPT) country using Canadian material inputs. This program is intended to benefit both Canadian textile manufacturers and garment manufacturers in developing countries.

The following is an overview


REQUEST FOR TARIFF RELIEF ON WARP PILE FABRIC

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) has commenced an investigation as a result of request number TR-2008-003 for the removal of customs duty on the following warp pile fabric:

  • Knitted warp pile fabric, cut, solely of polyester, including the ground fabric, brushed, for use in the manufacture of coffin interiors

This fabric


PORT STRIKE IN INDIA CALLED OFF

The five major trade unions representing port and dock workers in India have decided to defer strike action after assurances from the port managements that they were ready to negotiate a five-year wage settlement as demanded by the unions. Meetings are set to resume this month.

The five major trade unions represent port and


POSSIBLE ANTI-DUMPING DUTY ON WATERPROOF FOOTWEAR FROM CHINA AND VIETNAM

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has received a complaint from the Shoe Manufacturers Association of Canada that certain waterproof footwear originating in or exported from China and Vietnam is being dumped, causing injury to Canadian producers.

As a result, the CBSA is seeking information from importers to determine if


ANTI-DUMPING & COUNTERVAILING DUTY ON ALUMINUM EXTRUSIONS FROM CHINA

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has completed its investigation and has determined that certain aluminum extrusions originating in or exported from the People’ s Republic of China, have been dumped and subsidized, and that the margins of dumping and the amounts of subsidy are not insignificant. Therefore, anti-dumping and countervailing


REQUEST FOR TARIFF RELIEF ON ARTIFICIAL CANVAS FABRIC

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

  • Plain weave fabrics, of unbleached yarns, in which predominate by weight the viscose rayon staple fibres, mixed with horsehair and polyester staple fibres in the weft, and cotton fibres in the warp, of a

PORT STRIKE IN INDIA

Port and Dock workers representing 66,000 workers in 11 major ports in India have announced an indefinite strike to begin Monday March 10, 2009, after failing to reach agreement with the Indian Ports Association.

Clients are encouraged to contact their Client Representative in order to make alternative arrangements for critical shipments.

We will provide updates as


POSSIBLE ANTI-DUMPING DUTY ON WATERPROOF FOOTWEAR FROM CHINA AND VIETNAM

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has received a complaint from the Shoe Manufacturers Association of Canada that certain waterproof footwear originating in or exported from China and Vietnam is being dumped, causing injury to Canadian producers.

As a result, the CBSA is seeking information from importers to determine if


ANTI-DUMPING & COUNTERVAILING DUTY ON ALUMINUM EXTRUSIONS FROM CHINA

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has completed its investigation and has determined that certain aluminum extrusions originating in or exported from the People’ s Republic of China, have been dumped and subsidized, and that the margins of dumping and the amounts of subsidy are not insignificant. Therefore, anti-dumping and countervailing