HEALTH CANADA PROPOSES NEW TOY SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

Health Canada recently initiated a consultation regarding its proposals for toy safety requirements on the following subjects:

• toys with magnets or magnetic components
• sound-emitting toys
• the size and shape of certain toys
• plastic film or plastic bags used in toys or toy packaging, and
• toy labelling for age


CHINA HAS OPENED ITS LARGEST FREE-TRADE HARBOUR AREA

China’s largest free-trade harbour area has started operation in the northern port city of Tianjin.

The area is designed to benefit from the most favourable policies in taxation and foreign exchange policies and offers comprehensive services in international shipping, distribution, purchase, transit trade and export processing businesses following the practices of international


FRENCH CONTAINER TRAFFIC STOPS

“JOC Online” has reported that container handling came to a standstill Monday at France’s seven largest ports as dockworkers staged the first of two 24-hour strikes to protest government reforms of box terminal operations. Around 3,300 dockworkers and port workers walked off the job at Le Havre,

RATE INCREASE ON US CARGO EFFECTIVE JANUARY 15TH, 2010

Effective January 15, 2010, Carriers servicing trade lanes from East Asia and Indian Sub-Continent to the USA will implement an Emergency Revenue Charge (ERC).

For all cargo moving from Asia and the Indian Sub-Continent to all US destinations:
USD 320.00 per 20′ container
USD 400.00 per 40′ container
USD 450.00 per


TRANSPACIFIC CARRIERS ANNOUNCE CAF SURCHARGE

Effective January 1, 2010, CTSA carrier members will maintain the Currency Adjustment Factor (CAF) at a rate of 5% on ocean freight from Asia and the Indian sub-continent to Canada. The surcharge is calculated on the total ocean freight charges excluding fuel recovery (BAF) and is reviewed on a monthly basis.


TRANSPACIFIC CARRIERS ANNOUNCE SECOND GRI TO BE IMPLEMENTED JANUARY 15TH, 2010 FOR CANADIAN BOUND CARGO

Effective January 15, 2010, Carriers servicing trade lanes from East Asia and Indian Sub-Continent to Canada will implement a General Rate Increase.

For cargo moving to Vancouver Port and local door destinations:
USD 320.00 per 20′

TRANSPACIFIC CARRIERS ANNOUNCE INCREASE IN BAF SURCHARGES

Effective January 1, 2010, CTSA carrier members will increase the Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF) on ocean freight from Asia and the Indian sub-continent as follows:

For cargo moving to and via West Coast ports:
USD 32.00 per 20′ container
USD 40.00 per 40′ container


Potential Strike Announced in India for January 4th, 2010

The latest update on ‘Potential Strike Announced by All India Port & Dock Workers Association’ is please be informed – the ‘talks’ between ‘The All India Port & Dock Workers’ Federation and The Indian Ports Association (IPA)’ were not encouraging and have bore no positive outcome. The discussion between the Port


CP RAIL SERVICE IS AFFECTED BY WEATHER CONDITIONS

Delays of 24 to 48 hours are being reported by CP as a result of extreme temperatures and snowfalls.

In the Prairies and the Dakotas, temperatures remain around -30 Celsius (-22 Fahrenheit) delaying some train starts. Temperatures in Alberta and eastern B.C. are also considered to be below normal.

In southern Ontario