OMNITRANS SERVICE TEAMS INCLUDE AFTER-HOURS CONTACTS

To reach an Omnitrans representative outside of regular business hours, please contact the following numbers:

Omnitrans Customs Brokers: 1-866-677-9541
Metro Customs Brokers: 1-518-298-4553
Omnifreight: 1-514-776-7845
Omnitrans International Freight: 1-514-951-2251

Please also visit our website at omnitrans.com and view our various electronic tracking tools that can further facilitate your after-hours needs.


TRANSPACIFIC CARRIERS ANNOUNCE INCREASE IN CAF SURCHARGES

Effective October 1, 2009, CTSA carrier members will increase the Currency Adjustment Factor (CAF) to 3% on ocean freight from Asia and the Indian sub-continent. The surcharge is calculated on the total ocean freight charges excluding fuel recovery (BAF) and is reviewed on a monthly basis.

Surcharges are implemented by steamship lines and


NATIONAL HOLIDAYS IN CHINA

Please be advised that mainland China will be celebrating its National holidays from October 1 to October 8, 2009.

All shipments will resume on October 9, 2009.

Clients are encouraged to contact their Client Representative to assist in planning urgent shipments accordingly.

Thank you for your continued support.

OMNITRANS INC.


COMPETITION BUREAU WARNING ABOUT INCORRECT TEXTILE LABELS FOR BAMBOO

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 name must first make reference to “rayon” or the corresponding chemical process as outlined in the Textile Labelling and Advertising Regulations.

The label may state


REQUEST FOR TARIFF RELIEF ON POLYPROPYLENE YARN

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

Textured multifilament single yarn, solely of polypropylene measuring 715 decitex or more but not exceeding 2,290 decitex, for use in the manufacture of woven fabrics.

This yarn is currently dutiable at 8% under tariff


AMPS STATISTICS

The Canada Border Services Agency has released statistics related to the monitoring of the Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) program. The top ten penalties in the calendar years 2006 – 2008 were:

• C336 Person failed to pay duties on accounted goods: 6,790, $1,920,900

• C005 Person failed to provide true, accurate and complete information: 4,962, $677,900


ANTI-DUMPING DUTY ON LAMINATE FLOORING – EXPIRY NOTICE

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) has announced that its findings made on June 16, 2005, concerning the dumping and subsidizing of laminate flooring originating in or exported from the People’s Republic of China and from France are scheduled to expire on January 6, 2010.

The subject goods are defined as:


TARIFF RELIEF RECOMMENDED ON WIDE-WIDTH COTTON, FLAX & RAYON FABRICS

In request number TR-2008-002, 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 fabrics for use in the manufacture of bed linen, duvet covers, pillow shams, cushions and cushion covers:

• Woven fabric, solely


PIP & C-TPAT MUTUAL RECOGNITION ARRANGEMENT – UPDATE

On June 28, 2008 the Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection signed an arrangement that enhances the compatibility of the Canadian Partners in Protection (PIP) and the U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) programs.

The arrangement is intended to allow both countries to apply similar security standards and


TARIFF RELIEF RECOMMENDED ON WIDE-WIDTH COTTON, FLAX & RAYON FABRICS

In request number TR-2008-002, 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 fabrics for use in the manufacture of bed linen, duvet covers, pillow shams, cushions and cushion covers:

• Woven fabric, solely