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


REQUEST FOR TARIFF RELIEF ON COCONUT OIL

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

  • • Coconut oil, refined but not chemically modified, for use in the manufacture of milk replacers.
  • This equipment is currently dutiable at 11% under the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) tariff treatment under tariff item 1513.19.00.


    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,

    CANADA-PERU FREE TRADE AGREEMENT HAS RECEIVED ROYAL ASSENT

    The free trade agreement (FTA) with Peru has received Royal Assent and the government of Canada is working to implement Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement, Labour Cooperation Agreement, and Agreement on the Environment on July 1, 2009.

    Canada will immediately eliminate tariffs on almost all Peruvian imports. The balance will be eliminated over


    HEALTH CANADA PROPOSAL TO REQUIRE NON-MEDICINAL INGREDIENTS ON DRUG LABELS

    Health Canada has determined that some non-medicinal ingredients present in non-prescription drugs can cause adverse reactions in individuals with sensitivities or allergies, and in order to avoid consuming those ingredients, they should by listed on labels.

    The proposed amendment to the Food and Drug Regulations will require that all non-medicinal


    NRCAN PROPOSAL TO REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION OF PORTABLE AIR CONDITIONERS

    Natural Resources Canada proposes to amend the Energy Efficiency Regulations to require dealers to comply with minimum energy efficiency requirements for portable air conditioners, imported or shipped inter-provincially for sale or lease in Canada.

    NRCan is seeking feedback on the content of this proposal.

    Information on this and other recent


    CBP PROPOSAL WOULD DISALLOW DR-CAFTA PREFERENTIAL TARIFF ON HOSIERY WITH NON-ORIGINATING ELASTOMERIC YARN

    As a result of submissions filed with the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and the Department of Finance, duty has been removed on various materials used in Canadian manufactures. The following goods are duty-free into Canada effective May 28, 2009:

    • Hexamethylene tetramine (2933.99.21)

    • Single yarn, solely of combed

    REVISED RATES OF DUTY FOR WOOL FABRICS STARTING JULY 1, 2009

    Starting July 1, 2009, the specific duty rates on woven wool fabrics weighing 300 grams per square metre and less will be adjusted to a maximum of:

    • $2.24 per kilogram for imports from eligible Commonwealth countries (BPT), down from $2.41; and
    • $4.10 per kilogram under the Most-Favoured-Nation Tariff (MFN),

    ECONOMIC & TRADE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE EU

    Canada and the European Union have agreed to begin discussions and the government is seeking comments concerning a comprehensive economic partnership agreement with EU.

    The Foreign Affairs and International Trade questionnaire seeks preliminary input on goods, services and investment trade with the 27 member-countries of the EU. Issues to consider include the following:

    • Import