CN SERVICE UPDATE – CANADIAN PRAIRIES

The following message is from the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA).

As a result of the recent cold weather and blizzard throughout the Canadian Prairies, cold weather restrictions are in effect between Winnipeg and Edmonton, AB, Winnipeg and Toronto, ON, and between Winnipeg and Superior, WI. According to current estimates, the restrictions will


TRANSPACIFIC CARRIERS ANNOUNCE CAF SURCHARGE

Effective March 1, 2010, CTSA carrier members will increase the Currency Adjustment Factor (CAF) to 6% on ocean freight from Asia and the Indian sub-continent to Canada. 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 CTSA


CP – SHIPMENTS DURING THE VANCOUVER 2010 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

The following Rail and Ground Updates are from the Canadian International Freight Forwarder’s Assocation (CIFFA).

CP is expecting minimal, if any, impacts to carload traffic and domestic intermodal traffic. International container traffic into Vanterm and Centerm will have some restrictions on regulated commodities, which will be in effect from January


THE OMNITRANS LIBRARY CONTAINS REFERENCE MATERIAL & FORMS USEFUL TO IMPORTERS

Reference material, information on government programs and requirements, compliance tips, and forms are available in the Omnitrans website library. Information in the Library section of omnitrans.com includes:

• Emanifest / Advance Commercial Information and Cargo Reporting
• Free and Secure Trade / Partners in Protection
• Custom Self-Assessment (CSA) …


APPAREL SECTOR CONSULTATION

The Department of Industry has financed an online survey on behalf of the Canadian Apparel Federation, the Apparel Human Resources Council and the Fur Council of Canada to understand how companies have changed their business strategies, the impact on their workforce and the challenges they face.

Companies invited to participate include designers, developers of collections, licensors, private


AMPS PENALTIES FOR LATE PAYMENT & REMOVAL OF DIRECT SECURITY OPTIONS

Importers are required to pay their duty and GST in full by the last business day of the month.

Please be advised of the following CBSA procedures for late payment by importers.

• Payment history is monitored by CBSA HQ in Ottawa. After the second late payment, a warning


DUTY DIVERSIONS MUST REFLECT UPDATED ORIGINAL TRANSACTION NUMBERS

Companies filing diversion reports to pay duty on goods diverted to Canadian consumption must ensure the B2 reflects the new original transaction number.

Every year the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) sends notices to Duty Deferral participants advising of their new “Dummy B3” number which replaces the previous number.

It is important


AMPS PENALTIES FOR LATE PAYMENT & REMOVAL OF DIRECT SECURITY OPTIONS

Importers are required to pay their duty and GST in full by the last business day of the month.

Please be advised of the following CBSA procedures for late payment by importers.

• Payment history is monitored by CBSA HQ in Ottawa. After the second late payment, a warning


HEALTH CANADA PROPOSES NEW TOY SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

Health Canada recently initiated a consultation regarding its proposals for toy safety requirements on the following subjects:

• toys with magnets or magnetic components
• sound-emitting toys
• the size and shape of certain toys
• plastic film or plastic bags used in toys or toy packaging, and
• toy labelling for age


CHINA HAS OPENED ITS LARGEST FREE-TRADE HARBOUR AREA

China’s largest free-trade harbour area has started operation in the northern port city of Tianjin.

The area is designed to benefit from the most favourable policies in taxation and foreign exchange policies and offers comprehensive services in international shipping, distribution, purchase, transit trade and export processing businesses following the practices of international