NAFTA RULES OF ORIGIN AMENDMENTS

The governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States in consultation with industry representatives have amended the NAFTA rules of origin applicable to herbs and spices, petroleum, leather, certain textiles and apparel, aluminium, diesel engines, gas turbines and parts, valves, electric transformers, primary cells and batteries, telephonics, televisions, locomotives and parts, medical appliances and parts


WOOD PACKAGING LIQUIDATED DAMAGES & PENALTIES

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.

Most WPM from Canada is exempt from these requirements.

Liquidated damages and penalties apply to importers


TRACKING LABELS FOR CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS REQUIRED AUGUST 14, 2009

This is a reminder that the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) requires tracking labels on products designed or intended for children 12 years of age or younger starting August 14, 2009. Tracking labels are required for virtually all children’s products, whether or not regulated, including apparel and footwear.


WOOD PACKAGING LIQUIDATED DAMAGES & PENALTIES

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.

Most WPM from Canada is exempt from these requirements.

Liquidated damages and penalties apply to importers


SAFETY PROCEDURES FOR SHELL EGGS

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that illness caused by Salmonella Enteritidis in eggs is a serious public health problem, and has announced new measures to prevent contamination during production of shell eggs in poultry houses, and refrigeration of the eggs during subsequent storage and transportation.

Under these rules, egg producers must:

  • Buy

IMPORTER SECURITY FILING (10+2) AND C-TPAT

Section 203 of the SAFE Port Act of 2006 mandated U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to develop a regulation that required additional data elements to be provided to the agency in advance of vessel lading. As a result, Importer Security Filing (ISF) became effective on January 26, 2009.

C-TPAT partners will be eligible


IMPORTER SECURITY FILING (10+2) AMENDMENTS & PENALTIES

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has made the following amendments to the Importer Security Filing (ISF / 10+2) rules.

  • Data is to be transmitted no later than 24 hours before the cargo is laden on board the vessel at the foreign port for shipments travelling in bond to the port of export.

IMPORTER SECURITY FILING (10+2) AMENDMENTS & PENALTIES

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has made the following amendments to the Importer Security Filing (ISF / 10+2) rules.

  • Data is to be transmitted no later than 24 hours before the cargo is laden on board the vessel at the foreign port for shipments travelling in bond to the port of export.

CPSC PROPOSES CONSUMER REGISTRATION OF DURABLE INFANT / TODDLER PRODUCTS

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has proposed consumer registration of durable infant or toddler products.

The new consumer product safety rule would require every manufacturer of a durable infant or toddler product to:

  • provide with each product a postage-paid consumer registration form;

  • keep records of consumers who register such products

FOOD PRODUCTS CONTAINING MEAT & POULTRY – FSIS PERMITS REQUIRED

As we advised April 23, 2009, beginning June 22, 2009, importers of FSIS-exempt food products that contain small amounts (less than 2%) of meat or poultry originating in an animal disease country will not be granted a new (or renewed) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service import permit unless FSIS