CANADA-EUROPEAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (CEFTA) COMING INTO FORCE ON JULY 1, 2009

The Government of Canada received “Royal Assent” to implement a free trade agreement with the states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA): Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Canada and the EFTA officially signed the free trade agreement on January 26, 2008.

Two-way trade with the EFTA member


TARIFF RELIEF RECOMMENDED ON WOVEN POLYESTER WARP PILE FABRIC

In request number TR-8-0037, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) recommended to the Minister of Finance that tariff relief be granted on importations from all countries on the following warp pile fabric:

  • Knitted warp pile fabric, cut, solely of polyester, including the ground fabric, brushed, for use in the manufacture of

PROPOSAL TO ADD BISPHENOL-A TO THE TOXIC SUBSTANCES LIST

The government of Canada has published a proposal to add Phenol, 4,4′ -(1-methylethylidene)bis- (bisphenol-A) (CAS RN) 80-05-7 to Schedule I (Toxic Substances List) to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

Studies confirm that bisphenol-A can accumulate in tissues and is acutely toxic to aquatic organisms. Concern for neuro-behavioural effects in newborns and


USED VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT MUST BE FREE FROM SOIL PRIOR TO ARRIVAL IN CANADA

Goods, specifically used vehicles, machinery and equipment contaminated with foreign soil will be refused entry to Canada under the provisions of Section 42 of the Plant Protection Regulations. Goods must be cleaned prior to shipment to Canada.

Due to the increasing number of invasive pests damaging


WOOD PACKAGING INTO TAIWAN MUST BE FUMIGATED BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2009

Exporters are reminded that all wood packaging materials used for shipping goods into Taiwan must be accompanied with certificates to prove that they have been fumigated or heat-treated in the country of export according to International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15.

As of January 1, 2009, any imported


PARS SHIPMENT TRACKING AVAILABLE AT OMNITRANS.COM

We are pleased to announce that PARS status tracking of Canadian import shipments is now available in the tracking section of our website, omnitrans.com. This service is available free of charge to all importers and carriers.

In addition to customs entry status, this verification tool displays the PARS number, date of transmission to CBSA,


WEATHER DELAYS ON CN’S WESTERN CANADA LINES

The following message is from CN Intermodal. ue to extreme cold weather along the network throughout Western Canada and from Winnipeg to Chicago, operating delays of up to 24 hours can be expected. This severe cold weather is forecasted to continue until later this week.

Specific details regarding individual unit transit times are


ISSUES DISCOVERED IN CUSTOMS COMPLIANCE VERIFICATIONS – HOW TO AVOID PENALTIES & ASSESSMENTS

The CBSA has provided the following information related to compliance verifications (audits).



Currently there are 12 national priorities for compliance verification:

Tariff Classification verification

• Juice products

Origin verification

• Large household appliances
• Sport/recreational fishing equipment
• Swimming Pools
• Air-conditioner industry
• Articles of bedding

COMPETITION BUREAU WARNING ABOUT INCORRECT TEXTILE LABELS FOR BAMBOO

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council has reported an increase in claims of textiles being “bamboo”, “made from bamboo” or containing “bamboo fibres”. As a result, the Competition Bureau of Canada has reaffirmed its position that whenever an article is made of man-made rayon fibres derived from bamboo, the generic fibre