TPL ON COTTON & MAN-MADE APPAREL FROM THE U.S. IS 100% UTILIZED

Each year there are 9 million SME’s of cotton and man-made apparel under TPL allocated to importers on a first-come, first-served basis.

The U.S. TPL pool is a calendar-year quota that re-opens each year on January 1.

Information on this and other recent developments can be obtained from


HEALTH CANADA HAS PUBLISHED A GUIDE TO COSMETIC INGREDIENT LABELLING

Health Canada has published a Guide to Cosmetic Ingredient Labelling.

The guide is intended to help clarify the ingredient labelling requirement; the guide explains the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI), and includes ingredient label examples and tips to verify proper INCI labelling.

The Guide to Cosmetic Ingredient Labelling is


HEALTH CANADA PROPOSAL TO BAN CONSUMER PRODUCTS CONTAINING LEAD

Health Canada has proposed to amend the Hazardous Products Regulations to include consumer products containing lead that are brought into contact with the mouth.

In these regulations, “consumer product containing lead” means products that are brought into contact with the user’s mouth in the course of normal use and products which …


CANADA-JORDAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT HAS BEEN SIGNED

Canada has signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Jordan. Negotiations began in April of 2008 and FTA negotiations as well as negotiations for an Agreement on the Environment and a Labour Cooperation Agreement were concluded August 25, 2008.

Bilateral trade between Canada and Jordan was $87 million in 2008.

Implementation of this


LOWER PHOSPHOROUS LEVELS IN DETERGENTS & HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS

Current Phosphorus Concentration Regulations include a concentration limit of 2.2% for laundry detergents. The regulations have been amended to include other detergents and cleaners, and lower the limits on permissible phosphorus concentrations. Specifically:

  • Lower the phosphorus concentration limit for household laundry detergents from 2.2% to 0.5%.
  • Clarify that a phosphorus concentration limit

INFORMATION & RECORD-KEEPING OBLIGATIONS SPECIFIC TO APPAREL & CLOTHING ACCESSORIES

To verify that goods have been classified correctly, CBSA auditors are increasing verification activities by requesting samples and product literature pertaining to importations that occurred 3-4 years ago.

Customs memorandum D10-17-15 was published to help prevent a significant number of errors in the classifying of textile and textile products, and


FAILURE OF IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS TO KEEP RECORDS INCLUDING LITERATURE / SAMPLES MAY RESULT IN PENALTIES

Record-keeping requirements pertaining to imported goods go beyond accounting and payable books. Records to substantiate the origin, classification and valuation must also be maintained for a full 6 years following importation. The customs declaration or commercial invoice is not sufficient proof of origin, classification


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

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) has commenced an investigation as a result of request number TR-2008-002 for the removal of customs duty on the following fabrics for use in the manufacture of bed linen, duvet covers, pillow shams, cushions and cushion covers:

  • Woven fabric, solely of cotton, bleached,

LOWER PHOSPHOROUS LEVELS IN DETERGENTS & HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS

Current Phosphorus Concentration Regulations include a concentration limit of 2.2% for laundry detergents. The regulations have been amended to include other detergents and cleaners, and lower the limits on permissible phosphorus concentrations. Specifically:

  • Lower the phosphorus concentration limit for household laundry detergents from 2.2% to 0.5%.
  • Clarify that a phosphorus concentration limit