OCEAN FREIGHT GENERAL RATE INCREASES & CURRENCY ADJUSTMENT FACTOR

In an effort to partially reverse the recent erosion of freight rates in the Asia-Canada market, container shipping lines in the Canada Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (CTSA) have agreed on the need for a general rate increase (GRI), effective August, 2009.

Far East & India Subcontinent (via Vancouver / Prince Rupert):
Effective


CANADA-PERU FREE TRADE AGREEMENT CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN

The CPFTA certificate of origin (form BSF267) has been published. Qualifying goods made in Peru imported on or after August 1, 2009 are duty-free into Canada if a valid form is on file and the goods are shipped from Peru.

Please note the following instructions:

Description of Goods Field 5: Provide a full


CTSA ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR UPCOMING RATE INCREASES

In an effort to partially reverse the recent erosion of freight rates in the Asia-Canada market, container shipping lines in the Canada Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (CTSA) have agreed on the need for a general rate increase (GRI), effective August 1, 2009.

The GRI will apply to all inland point intermodal (IPI), mini-land bridge


HOUSEHOLD SMOKE ALARMS MUST MEET NEW ULC STANDARDS

The Hazardous Products Act has been amended to reflect updated standards applicable to household smoke alarms. The following residential detectors must meet the following standards:

  • Smoke detectors: CAN/ULC-S529-02, Standard for Smoke Detectors for Fire Alarm Systems
  • Heat-actuated fire detectors: CAN/ULC-S530M, Standard for Heat Actuated Fire Detectors for Fire Alarm Systems
  • Smoke alarms:

VOC CONCENTRATION LIMITS FOR AUTOMOTIVE REFINISHING PRODUCTS

The Ministry of Environment has issued Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Automotive Refinishing Products Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. The regulations are intended to reduce ground-level ozone which results in the formation of smog, and were implemented because voluntary measures have not been successful in achieving significant reductions in


CBSA EVALUATION OF SUFFERANCE & BONDED WAREHOUSE PROGRAMS

The CBSA Program Evaluation Division conducting a survey of Sufferance Warehouse Operators and Customs Bonded Warehouse Operators.

The purpose of this survey is to solicit feedback from warehouse operators about their relationship with Canada Customs warehouse programs, policies and procedures.

The final evaluation report on the Sufferance Warehouse and the Customs Bonded


CBSA EVALUATION OF SUFFERANCE & BONDED WAREHOUSE PROGRAMS

The CBSA Program Evaluation Division conducting a survey of Sufferance Warehouse Operators and Customs Bonded Warehouse Operators.

The purpose of this survey is to solicit feedback from warehouse operators about their relationship with Canada Customs warehouse programs, policies and procedures.

The final evaluation report on the Sufferance Warehouse and the Customs Bonded


IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CANADA-PERU FREE TRADE AGREEMENT AUGUST 1, 2009

The Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Peru will be implemented on August 1, 2009. Most goods released on or after August 1 will benefit from duty-free entry to Canada under the following conditions:

  • Goods must be produced or manufactured in Peru and satisfy the rules of origin requirements.
  • Goods

ANTI-DUMPING DUTY ON WOOD SLATS HAS EXPIRED

Anti-dumping duty on wood slats originating in or exported from Mexico and the People’s Republic of China has expired.

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) has announced that its findings made on June 18, 2004 have expired based on investigation results showing that the dumping of wood slats from Mexico and China was


REQUEST FOR TARIFF RELIEF ON POLYESTER CANVAS FABRIC

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

  • Plain woven fabric, from yarns of different colours, containing 70% or more by weight of polyester staple fibres in the weft, and 20% or more by weight of polyester filament yarns in the warp,