CANADA-UKRAINE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT NEGOTIATIONS

Canada and Ukraine have agreed to meet in the coming months to discuss a range of trade and investment issues to facilitate economic relations and fight protectionism.

A free trade agreement with Ukraine could open markets for Canadian exports ranging from agricultural and seafood products to machinery and pharmaceuticals. It could also help to address


CANADA-COLOMBIA FTA UPDATE

The government of Colombia announced last week that it will open the doors to imports of Canadian beef. Exports will resume once Canada and Colombia agree to the format of valid certificates. In addition, the government of Canada will continue to work with Colombia to ensure resumption in trade in cattle.

This development may help the prospects …


TRANSPACIFIC CARRIERS ANNOUNCE INCREASE IN BAF SURCHARGES

Effective October 1, 2009, 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 96.00 per 20′ container
USD 120.00 per 40′ container
USD 135.00 per 40′ HC container
USD 152.00 per


THE GOVERNMENT HAS INVITED VIEWS REGARDING TARIFF REMOVAL ON MANUFACTURING INPUTS & MACHINERY

The Department of Finance has invited views on the proposed elimination of Most-Favoured-Nation (MFN) tariff rates on a wide range of manufacturing inputs, machinery and equipment. The measure is part of the Economic Action Plan and the government’s intention is to remove the tariffs for a period


VIRGIN OLIVE OIL MUST COMPLY WITH THE FOOD & DRUGS ACT

Recently, a conviction was registered against an olive oil distribution company in the Toronto Court of Justice for two counts of violating the Food and Drugs Act, and the company was fined a total of $7,500.

The charges were as a result of a consumer complaint filed in


VIRGIN OLIVE OIL MUST COMPLY WITH THE FOOD & DRUGS ACT

Recently, a conviction was registered against an olive oil distribution company in the Toronto Court of Justice for two counts of violating the Food and Drugs Act, and the company was fined a total of $7,500.

The charges were as a result of a consumer complaint filed in


DUTY DRAWBACK OPPORTUNITIES SHOULD NOT BE MISSED

Companies that pay duty on imported goods are eligible for a refund (drawback) of that duty if the goods were:

• exported in the same condition
• exported after having been further manufactured or processed

Drawback on “same-condition” goods is applicable even if the goods are exported to the United States and Mexico.


PORT CONGESTION IN PRINCE RUPERT IS CAUSING DELAYS

Unexpectedly high volumes have caused a backlog of containers at rail loading terminals in Prince Rupert, B.C.

A combination of factors such as late vessels due to tropical storms, increased peak season volumes and holidays are causing 4-7 day delays.

For additional information and/or shipment status, please contact your Client Representative.

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