AIR FREIGHT HARDLY CONTAINED

The following eBulletin is from CIFFA.

If you had told importers a year ago vessel capacity out of Shanghai would be so tight in early 2010 they might have to shift some ocean freight to air, you might have been laughed off the docks reports “JOC Online”. So far this year, however, shippers appear to be


TRANSPACIFIC CARGO CAPACITY CRUNCH DELAYS RETAIL SHELF-STOCKING

The following is from CIFFA eBulletin.

“Eye for Transport” reports that while there may be early signs for recovery in the transportation industry recovery, a considerable shipping capacity crunch for Asia-North America container shipments has sent retailers scrambling to get merchandise to store shelves. For importers rushing to ship goods ahead of the


SLOW STEAMING CUTS IDLE FLEET CAPACITY

The following is from CIFFA eBulletin.

The total capacity of the world’s idle containership fleet has fallen to 1.37 million TEU, or 532 ships, after 30 vessels totalling 70,000 TEU were put back into service from the middle of January says a recent AXS-Alphaliner report. The report also says the carrier-operated idle fleet now


OCEAN FREIGHT GENERAL RATE INCREASE

Transpacific ocean carriers serving inbound trade lanes from Asia and the Indian Sub-Continent to Canada have announced a General Rate Increase (GRI) to be implemented March 1, 2010 for all Canadian bound cargo as per the below amounts:

Local Vancouver (via the Port of Vancouver)

USD $8 per CBM

USD $320 per 20’ STD

USD


EMANIFEST TIMEFRAMES ANNOUNCED FOR TRUCK & RAIL FREIGHT

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has developed phase III of Advance Commercial Information (ACI) requirements to apply to the pre-arrival transmission of electronic information from highway and rail carriers, freight forwarders and importers.

For truck and rail freight, eManifest will be implemented over an 18-month implementation timeline as follows:

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PROPOSED ELIMINATION OF TARIFFS ON MANUFACTURING INPUTS, MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT – UPDATE

In September 2009, the Department of Finance invited views on the proposed elimination of Most-Favoured-Nation (MFN) tariff rates on a wide range of manufacturing inputs, machinery and equipment.

A large number of submissions was received, and to date, no decisions have been made. The Department of Finance will


EMANIFEST TIMEFRAMES ANNOUNCED FOR TRUCK & RAIL FREIGHT

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has developed phase III of Advance Commercial Information (ACI) requirements to apply to the pre-arrival transmission of electronic information from highway and rail carriers, freight forwarders and importers.

For truck and rail freight, eManifest will be implemented over an 18-month implementation timeline as follows:

• 0-12


PROPOSED ELIMINATION OF TARIFFS ON MANUFACTURING INPUTS, MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT – UPDATE

In September 2009, the Department of Finance invited views on the proposed elimination of Most-Favoured-Nation (MFN) tariff rates on a wide range of manufacturing inputs, machinery and equipment.

A large number of submissions was received, and to date, no decisions have been made. The Department of Finance will


THE BAN ON IMPORTS FROM BURMA INCLUDES GOODS RETURNING TO CANADA

On December 13, 2007, the Special Economic Measures (Burma) Regulations (SOR/2007-285) came into force in order to respond to the gravity of the situation in Burma. The abhorrent human rights and humanitarian situation in Burma is particularly dangerous as the government’s actions not only oppress its own people, but


GOODS MUST BE FREE FROM SOIL PRIOR TO DELIVERY IN CANADA

Goods, specifically used vehicles, machinery and equipment contaminated with foreign soil will be refused entry to Canada under the provisions of Section 42 of the Plant Protection Regulations. Goods must be cleaned prior to shipment to Canada.

To control the introduction of invasive pests that damage plants and forests,