GSP & ATPDEA TRADE PROGRAMS DUE TO EXPIRE DECEMBER 31, 2009

The following preferential trade programs are due to expire on December 31, 2009.

Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)

The GSP provides preferential duty rates on more than 4,650 products from 131 designated beneficiary countries and territories.

Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA)

The ATPDEA, extended to beneficiary


CPSC SUMMARY OF LEAD CONTENT, TRACKING LABELS, CIVIL PENALTIES & CATALOG ADVERTISING

On August 14, the new requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) aimed at making children’s products safer and increasing consumer confidence in the marketplace that took effect include:

Lead Content – The limit for lead in children’s products drops from 600 parts per million (ppm)


GSP & ATPDEA TRADE PROGRAMS DUE TO EXPIRE DECEMBER 31, 2009

The following preferential trade programs are due to expire on December 31, 2009.

Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)

The GSP provides preferential duty rates on more than 4,650 products from 131 designated beneficiary countries and territories.

Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA)

The ATPDEA, extended to beneficiary


PASSPORT CANADA ANNOUNCED A SIMPLIFIED RENEWAL APPLICATION PROCESS

The Simplified Renewal Application Process allows Canadians to renew their passports without resubmitting proof of Canadian citizenship or supplementary identification and guarantor information.

Canadians who meet the following eligibility criteria are now able to benefit from this process:

Their most recent passport must:

• have been valid for five years;

• have


CPSC SUMMARY OF LEAD CONTENT, TRACKING LABELS, CIVIL PENALTIES & CATALOG ADVERTISING

On August 14, the new requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) aimed at making children’s products safer and increasing consumer confidence in the marketplace that took effect include:

Lead Content – The limit for lead in children’s products drops from 600 parts per million (ppm)


CHANGES TO THE CANADIAN WOOD PACKAGING CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

To help companies ensure that wood packaging material complies with International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) No. 15, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has instituted two export certification programs, the Canadian Wood Packaging Certification Program (CWPCP), and the Canadian Heat Treatment Wood Products Certification Program (CHTWPCP).

The CFIA-approved wood packaging certification


WOOD PACKAGING FROM CANADA

International Standards for Phytosanitary Measure (ISPM) 15 regulating Wood Packaging Material (WPM) in International Trade requires WPM to be either heat treated or fumigated with methyl bromide and marked with an approved stamp indicating the method of treatment.

WPM made entirely of Canadian origin wood or U.S. origin wood is exempt from the treatment and marking


LACEY ACT DECLARATION FOR PRODUCTS CONTAINING WOOD – PHASE III OCTOBER 1, 2009

The Lacey Act wood / plant product declaration will be required for additional products starting October 1, 2009.

Examples of products that will require declarations as of October 1, 2009, include wood charcoal, particle board, fiberboard of wood, plywood and veneered panels, densified wood, wooden frames (e.g.