BARBECUE LIGHTERS MUST BE CHILD-PROOF AND LABELLED ACCORDINGLY

Health Canada has amended the Hazardous Products Regulations to include utility lighters (also known as multipurpose or barbeque lighters). The main purpose of these amendments is to ensure that utility lighters are restricted.

Barbecue lighters have been found to leak and have flame heights over 150 mm (6 inches), causing fires and


ANTI-DUMPING DUTY ON WOOD SLATS – EXPIRY NOTICE

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) has announced that its findings made on June 18, 2004, concerning wood slats originating in or exported from Mexico and the People’s Republic of China, are scheduled to expire on June 17, 2009.

Under the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA), findings of injury or threat of


TARIFF RELIEF RECOMMENDED ON POLYESTER WOVEN FABRIC

In request number TR-2007-006, 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 polyester fabric:

  • Woven fabric, plain weave, dyed, of untwisted textured polyester filament yarns in the weft and untwisted non-textured polyester filament yarns in the

REQUEST FOR TARIFF RELIEF ON KNITTED FABRICS FOR DAY WEAR & INTIMATE APPAREL

The Department of Finance has invited views on a request for tariff relief on the following knitted fabrics:

  • Weft knit pile fabrics, having a pile surface of nylon, polyester or rayon filaments, for use in the manufacture of apparel
  • Warp knit fabrics, lace-like, consisting of nylon filament

REQUEST FOR TARIFF RELIEF ON KNITTED FABRICS FOR DAY WEAR & INTIMATE APPAREL

The Department of Finance has invited views on a request for tariff relief on the following knitted fabrics:

  • Weft knit pile fabrics, having a pile surface of nylon, polyester or rayon filaments, for use in the manufacture of apparel
  • Warp knit fabrics, lace-like, consisting of nylon filament

REQUEST FOR TARIFF RELIEF ON HYDRAULIC TURBINE GENERATING SETS

The Department of Finance has invited views on a request for tariff relief on the following generating sets:

  • Hydraulic turbine-driven generating sets with a range of .5 MW to 5 MW

These generating sets are currently dutiable at 6% under the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) tariff treatment under tariff item 8502.39.10.


GARMENTS WITH SHOULDER PADS – STUFFED ARTICLES LABELLING REQUIREMENTS DELAYED

The Ontario Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) announced that it has reinstated the exemption for shoulder pads and garments with shoulder pads. However, they will be subject to the Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Regulations and labelling requirements on July 1, 2009.

Increased public concern with health and safety of


THE CFIA IS PLANNING TO REMOVE THE U.S.-CANADA EXEMPTION FOR WOODEN PALLETS

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service have agreed to make cross-border shipments on wooden pallets or containing wood packaging materials subject to International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) No. 15. The measure is expected to thwart


CHINA HAS INCREASED TAX REBATES ON TEXTILES AND APPAREL

China has increased tax rebates on textiles and clothing to boost foreign sales.

Rebates of value-added taxes on exports of textiles and clothes will rise by 2 percentage points to 13%, effective August 1, 2008.

Chinese manufacturers and exporters are suffering from higher costs for energy and raw materials, weaker global


NEW CONTAINER FEES IN CALIFORNIA

The California Senate has approved an infrastructure and environmental mitigation bill that will charge a $30-per-TEU charge on containers moving through the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland.

The bill, if approved by the governor, would fund intermodal infrastructure projects and pollution-reduction efforts at California’s largest ports, and the governor has 12 days