END-OF-YEAR DUTY RATE SHIPMENT PLANNING 

In order to benefit from 2010 TPL and remission allocations, importers may want to consider holding shipments arriving at the end of December this year and processing them in January, thereby taking advantage of TPL and remission duty savings in 2010. Of course, duty savings must outweigh storage and other related costs.

Examples include:

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CBSA SYSTEM OUTAGE CONTINGENCY PLAN

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has advised that the Highway System Outage Contingency Plan, developed by the Border Commercial Consultative Committee (BCCC) System Outage Subcommittee, is now available. Border Services Officers have been provided with internal processing instructions to process clearances of travellers and commercial goods in the event of an emergency / outage.


CP MAINLINE OUTAGE IN ALBERTA

The following message is from the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA).

At approximately 0200 on December 8, 2009, an incident occurred in Taber on CP’s mainline between Dunmore and Lethbridge, AB. There were no injuries and no public safety issues. Line clear is expected early on December 10, 2009. In the meantime, shipment delays

ITALY PORT STRIKE CALLED OFF

The following notice is from the Canadian Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA).

Italian port unions have called off a national strike scheduled for December 18, citing changes to the draft of a proposed port reform law that eased fears about its impact on labour relations on the docks. The unions said they called off the 24


CN DERAILMENT BETWEEN WINNIPEG AND EDMONTON

The following notice is from the Canadian Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA).

CN train Q11459-03 derailed near Spy Hill, SK, along the Rivers subdivision of the CN main line. The incident, which occurred at 0700hrs CST on Saturday, December 5, affected trains running between Winnipeg, MB and Edmonton, AB. Arrangements were made to detour affected


CN LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER STRIKE IS OVER

CN has announced that the strike by locomotive engineers will end immediately as a result of an agreement to resolve the contractual disagreements through further negotiations, and, if necessary, binding arbitration.

Locomotive engineers will be returning to work immediately.

For shipment status, please do not hesitate to contact your Client Representative.

OMNITRANS INC.


FOOD ALLERGEN LABELLING – UPDATE

In July 2008, Health Canada proposed amendments to the Food Allergen Labelling Regulations and urged food manufacturers to enhance labels to address allergens, gluten sources and sulphites.

Health Canada has worked with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, health professionals, consumer associations, and the food industry to update the requirements for priority allergen labelling on foods


CONSUMER SAFETY PRODUCT RECALL PROGRAM INTRODUCED BY GS1

The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act will have a significant impact on manufacturers, distributors and importers of consumer products. The Act prohibits the sale of consumer products in Canada that represent a danger to human health or safety, and is expected to be implemented sometime in 2010. (Refer to OMNI TRADE NEWS


VANCOUVER AIRPORT WORKERS THREATEN HOLIDAY STRIKE, DECEMBER 3, 2009

The following notice is from the Canadian Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA).

Reuters is reporting that unionized workers who sort baggage at the Vancouver International Airport warned on Tuesday they may walk off the job during the busy Christmas holiday season. The 300 workers employed by Swissport have approved a strike mandate


ITALY PORT UNIONS CALL FOR NATIONWIDE STRIKE

The following notice is from the Canadian Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA).

Italy’s port unions have called a nationwide strike for December 18 in protest at proposed changes to the law covering labour relations across the port system. “JOC Online” reported that the unions are protesting the government’s plan to remove the job guarantees