CN LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER STRIKE – UPDATE

The Port of Vancouver is warning the government and industry that the strike by locomotive engineers against Canadian National Railway could have adverse impacts on supply chain stability. Port Metro Vancouver posted the warning on its website November 30 which was also sent to government leaders.

On the same day, the federal government introduced


DISINFECTANTS & INSECTICIDES SUBJECT TO IMPORT CONTROLS

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has updated the requirements related to the importation of pest control products as follows.

All pest control products imported into Canada (unless granted an exemption) must meet Canadian standards, i.e., be registered, or authorized (issued a certificate), or scheduled under the Pest Control Products Act (PCPA) and


THE IMPORTANCE OF TRADE COMPLIANCE

The CBSA has published an informational brochure entitled “Why is Trade Compliance Important?”. The following are excerpts to note:

“Trade compliance refers to importers and exporters meeting all of the requirements governing the movement of commercial goods into and from Canada. To be trade compliant is to ensure that the tariff classification, origin and valuation …


PROOF OF EXPORT REQUIRED FOR DUTY-FREE RETURNS

To re-import goods to Canada duty-free, proof of export must be on file, and duty drawback or relief must not have been granted. The following summarizes the requirements duty-free returns.

Importers of Canadian goods returned (9813.00.00) or goods once duty-paid (9814.00.00) must be able to produce copies of the following documents upon request:


VALUATION OF IMPORTED SAMPLES / OMNITRANS ONLINE BAGGAGE SHIPMENT INVOICE FORM

Importers of samples must ensure that the values declared to Customs reflect either what was actually paid for them, or a reasonable equivalent value such as the value of identical or similar goods subsequently ordered.

Some suppliers may be of the mistaken opinion that declaring reduced values of mutilated


DISINFECTANTS & INSECTICIDES SUBJECT TO IMPORT CONTROLS

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has updated the requirements related to the importation of pest control products as follows.

All pest control products imported into Canada (unless granted an exemption) must meet Canadian standards, i.e., be registered, or authorized (issued a certificate), or scheduled under the Pest Control Products Act (PCPA) and


CN LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER STRIKE

After 14 months of unproductive bargaining, the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) has issued a 72-hour strike notice to Canadian National Railway (CN), to begin at 0001 hours November 28, 2009.

The TCRC union represents locomotive engineers who are protesting work rules and wages.

We will provide updates as they are available.

OMNITRANS INC.


AIR FREIGHT BACKLOGS & RECORD RATES DUE TO CAPACITY CRISIS IN FAR EAST

“International Freighting Weekly” has reported that air freight is experiencing one of its most intensive capacity shortages in a decade, leading to backlogs and record rates out of China and Hong Kong.

Forwarders advised ad hoc rates of US$6/kg were becoming commonplace from Hong Kong to Europe


AIR FREIGHT BACKLOGS & RECORD RATES DUE TO CAPACITY CRISIS IN FAR EAST

“International Freighting Weekly” has reported that air freight is experiencing one of its most intensive capacity shortages in a decade, leading to backlogs and record rates out of China and Hong Kong.

Forwarders advised ad hoc rates of US$6/kg were becoming commonplace from Hong Kong to Europe