TRANSPACIFIC CARRIERS ANNOUNCE INCREASE IN CAF SURCHARGES


Effective December 1, 2009, CTSA carrier members will increase the Currency Adjustment Factor (CAF) to 5% 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

FRENCH DOCK WORKERS STRIKE PLANNED


France’s largest dock workers union have called for a 24-hour strike at seven ports in France to begin November 6. The action is in protest of government plans to privatize container handling.

Ports affected include Le Havre, Marseilles, Dunkirk, Rouen, Nantes Saint-Nazaire, Bordeaux and La Rochelle.

We will provide updates as they are available. For

CBSA IS CRACKING DOWN ON FOLLOW-UP COMPLIANCE AUDITS

The final report in a compliance assessment review (audit) will contain instructions on how to avoid future errors; importers should review and follow them in order to avoid penalties in future audits.

Currently, CBSA auditors are following up on past audits to determine if previous and subsequent errors have been corrected, and …

PEPPERS FROM THE NETHERLANDS

All shipments of fresh peppers (Capsicum spp.) leaving the Netherlands on or after October 14, 2009 must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration certifying the absence of false coding moth (Thaumatotiba leucrotreta). Shipments not meeting this requirement will be refused entry to Canada. False codling moth is a pest capable of damaging


WOODEN CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS REQUIRING FUMIGATION

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has placed the following restrictions on decorations containing wooden components:

• Non-treated decorative wood items must meet the following conditions:

• Must be free of pests and signs of living pests

• Must be dried and completely sealed with paint or penetrating wood stain

• Must not having wooden


CSA ELIGIBILITY CHANGE

The Canada Border Services Agency has revised the Customs Self-Assessment (CSA) eligibility criteria and no longer requires applicants to have at least a two-year history of actively importing commercial goods into Canada.

The revised importer eligibility requirements are as follows.

• Must be a resident of Canada *

• Must have a history of actively importing for


RE-INVESTIGATION INTO ANTI-DUMPING DUTY RATES ON WATERPROOF FOOTWEAR

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has initiated a re-investigation of the normal values and export prices of waterproof footwear and bottoms of plastic or rubber originating in or exported from China. The subject goods are defined as:

• waterproof footwear and bottoms of plastic or rubber, including moulded clogs, originating in


POSSIBLE ANTI-DUMPING DUTY ON THERMAL INSULATION BOARD FROM THE UNITED STATES

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has received a complaint that polyisocyanurate thermal insulation board originating in or exported from the United Stats is being dumped, causing injury to Canadian producers (i.e. lower sales volumes, prices, profits, employment and capacity utilization).

As a result, the CBSA is seeking information


CTSA PLANS FOR UPCOMING RATE INCREASES

Canada Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (CTSA) members have adopted a 2010 guideline revenue program for 2010 which involves rate increases. The adjustments, intended to restore financial stability address rising operating costs, are as follows:

• A general rate increase (GRI) of US$800 per 40-foot container (FEU) for Vancouver local and door cargo, and US$1,000 per


PERSONAL LAPTOPS SUBJECT TO INSPECTION

Travellers should note that Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officials and agents have the authority to search baggage, validate passports, and check the contents of laptop computers.

The Customs Act gives CBSA border officers authority to examine personal baggage and goods upon arrival to and departure from Canada, including inspection of electronic devices.

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