CUSTOMS TARIFF AMENDMENTS REMOVE DUTY ON RESINS, NONWOVENS, BEDDING FABRICS, BELTING MATERIALS, YARNS, ALUMINUM FOIL, STEEL CAN COVERS

As a result of submissions filed with the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and the Department of Finance, duty has been removed on various parts and materials used in Canadian manufactures.

The following goods are duty-free into Canada retroactive to May 15, 2008:


INSPECTION RULES CAUSING CONTAINER BACKLOGS AT CANADIAN PORTS

New testing guidelines for toxic chemicals used in the fumigation of containers that arrive at Canadian ports have resulted in a large backlog of containers for inspection, according to various port authorities.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) requires inspectors to test marine containers selected for inspection for fumigants, including formaldehyde, which


CERTIFIED CHEQUES PAYABLE TO THE RECEIVER GENERAL

A certified cheque payable to the Receiver General is required for B2 adjustments, Detailed Adjustment Statements (DAS’s), Interest statements and Notices of Penalty Assessments (NPA’s) of over $500 unless the importer has posted security with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Companies that have posted security with the CBSA pay duty and GST


PORT STRIKES IN FRANCE – UPDATE

Port workers in the French port of Le Havre have announced work stoppages beginning July 9 and ending July 13, 2008.

vessel carriers may refuse cargo bookings at affected ports, or may charge port congestion surcharges for accepted bookings.

Additional information about work stoppage schedules can be found by following the “Port Revival Plan”


IMPROVEMENTS AT THE QUEENSTON-LEWISTON BRIDGE CROSSING

The federal government and the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission have announced funding for construction of a commercial vehicle secondary inspection warehouse, additional passenger primary inspection lanes, a new central building for the Canada Border Services Agency, a new animal inspection facility and the installation of a wall to separate traffic bound for Canada and


TRANSPACIFIC CARRIERS ANNOUNCE INCREASE IN BAF SURCHARGES

Effective August 1, 2008, CTSA carrier members will increase the Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF) on ocean freight from Asia and the Indian sub-continent as follows:

LCL: US$ 3.00 w/m, up from $ 0.00
D20: US$ 180.00, up from $ 70.00 
D40: US$ 225.00, up from $ 90.00 
D40H: US$ 250.00, up from $


LUFTHANSA STRIKES CANCEL FLIGHTS

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

Lufthansa is warning that industrial action by disgruntled workers could again affect the carrier’s operations as they did during a temporary walkout earlier on Tuesday. The roughly four-hour walkout by several labour groups resulted in the cancellation of 44 flights, confirmed Lufthansa. Most affected


TRUCKING STRIKE IN INDIA

The All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) has announced a nationwide strike starting July 2. The strike could affect all air and ocean freight movements from India.

The dispute is over recent taxes levied on diesel fuel, speed governors and toll taxes.

The situation is worsened by a fuel shortage and heavy rainfall in the Chennai


PORT CONGESTION SURCHARGE IN VIET NAM

Member lines of the Far Eastern Freight Conference (FEFC) will implement a port congestion surcharge amounting to USD 50/teu for both eastbound and westbound cargo in Vietnamese ports starting July 15, 2008.

Please contact your Client Representative for additional information.

OMNILOGISTICS INC.


WTO UPDATE – RENEWED NEGOTIATIONS & REQUEST FOR VIEWS

The Doha Round of talks has been experiencing difficulty in reaching a new World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement to replace the former General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) that ended in 2003.

At the Fourth Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar, in November 2001, WTO member governments agreed to launch new