SEVERE CONGESTION AT NHAVA SHEVA PORT.

The congestion has badly affected intake of export containers from and local boxes at NSICT, due to heavy inventory pile up of containers and limitations on evacuation of import boxes from Nhava
Sheva resulting in closure of gates for exports. The congestion has badly affected berthing of the vessels, even though vessels are arriving

ELIMINATION OF IMPORT PERMITS FOR STEEL

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) have advised that they are planning to discontinue the requirement for import permits for steel by the end of this year. Critical trade data will continue to be monitored and posted by DFAIT using data already collected by CBSA on imported goods.

Currently, the following products require

WOOD PACKAGING – QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has published a list of frequently asked questions and answers to assist companies understand the regulations in place to control wood packaging moving internationally. The FAQ’s help to understand International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) to reduce the risk of harmful pests being introduced into Canada through untreated

DISCHARGE OF SHIP-BORNE DUNNAGE

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) enforces International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) to reduce the risk of harmful pests being introduced into Canada through untreated wood packaging materials.

ISPM No. 15 requires that wood packaging either be heat-treated or fumigated with methyl bromide and marked with an internationally recognized International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) mark,

NEW TEXTILE ENFORCEMENT BILL INTRODUCED INTO CONGRESS

  • Domestic textile manufacturers notice sharp increase in illegal textile trafficking

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) supports U.S. Customs new bill, the Textile Enforcement and Security Act of 2010 (TESA), in the hopes of stemming the illegal textile product trafficking. The bill provides for improved targeting, increased resources, and enhanced authority.

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CITA ISSUES NOTICE FOR PROCEDURES TO REQUEST SAFEGUARD ACTIONS AGAINST OMAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

  • CITA to consider requests for safeguard actions in the form of higher duty rates

The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) has issued a notice which outlines the procedures to follow in considering requests from interested parties to impose U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement safeguard


PEAK SEASON SURCHARGE EFFECTIVE JUNE 15, 2010

Effective June 15, 2010, CTSA member shipping lines will implement a PEAK SEASON SURCHARGE from Asia and Indian Sub-Continent to all Canadian and US destinations as follows:



LCL: US$ 8.00 / CBM

D20’: US$ 320.00

D40’: US$ 400.00

D40’H: US$ 450.00

D45’ : US$ 510.00



Omnitrans will continue to monitor the situation in


BA Announces Schedule Plans For First Strike Period

British Airways on Thursday published contingency plans for Unite’s strike period of May 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22. BA has formulated contingency plans to protect their operations as much as possible. BA is able to confirm that their long-haul freighter programme will be unaffected, as will all services in and out


PIP TIPS & STATS FROM THE CBSA

The following tips and statistics are from a recent CBSA “PIP Newsletter”.

Tips for Partners in Protection (PIP) Members

• You should ask for references and/or make additional inquires when doing business with a company new to you.

• Confirm your customer’s credit rating regularly. Due diligence includes checking the credit of your