COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC AGREEMENT NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION

The following notice was published by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade on December 20, 2008.

The government of Canada is seeking the views of Canadians on the scope of a possible comprehensive economic agreement between Canada and the European Union (EU).

In June of 2007, Canada and the EU


CUSTOMS TARIFF AMENDMENTS REMOVE DUTY ON MANUFACTURING INPUTS

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 December 12, 2008:

  • Chemical compounds (IPPD) for use in the manufacture of rubber

AMENDMENTS TO THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY REGULATIONS

The Energy Efficiency Regulations have been amended to add new products, harmonize minimum energy performance requirements, and update testing methodologies and labelling requirements.

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has introduced new Minimum Energy Performance Standards to eliminate shipments of inefficient, energy-using products that are either imported into Canada, or manufactured in Canada and transported between …


PORT STRIKE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA – UPDATE

Truck drivers in British Columbia have will be holding a strike vote in January due to rate undercutting and a lack of enforcement of rates established after the last strike in 2005.

A strike by the Vancouver Truck Association of the Canadian Auto Workers would severely affect freight in January especially if the


POSSIBLE PORT STRIKE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

A developing labour dispute at western Canadian ports could result in a strike at the start of the New Year.

Omnitrans and our partners have developed various contingency plans in the event of a possible strike at the Ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, including using the ports of Tacoma and Seattle to discharge


VANCOUVER PORT STRIKE UPDATE

Workers at British Columbia ports in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and Prince Rupert could be in a position to strike beginning January 2, 2009.

In the event a of a strike we strongly recommend that cargo be routed via one of our USA options. Omnitrans and our carrier partners have multiple options for the discharge


GARMENTS WITH SHOULDER PADS & PADDED GARMENTS – STUFFED ARTICLES LABELLING REQUIREMENTS SUSPENDED

As we advised August 8, 2008, the Ontario Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) was including garments with padding in its labelling and licensing requirements beginning July 1, 2009. This change would have affected a wide range of intimate and fashion apparel including padded undergarments and garments


GARMENTS WITH SHOULDER PADS & PADDED GARMENTS – STUFFED ARTICLES LABELLING REQUIREMENTS SUSPENDED

As we advised August 8, 2008, the Ontario Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) was including garments with padding in its labelling and licensing requirements beginning July 1, 2009. This change would have affected a wide range of intimate and fashion apparel including padded undergarments and garments


LABOUR DISPUTE THREATENS B.C. PORTS

Port workers in Vancouver and Prince Rupert may go on strike on January 2, 2009.

Talks between the Maritime Employers Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union are not going well and sources state that contingency plans are being made now.

Companies may want to plan now for possible disruptions in January.

We will


IMPORTS OF WOOD PRODUCTS REQUIRE PHYTOSANITARY CERTIFICATES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) HS Target List has been updated to reflect the most recent look-out for wooden products that may contain harmful pests. Effective immediately, shipments of the following products require phytosanitary certificates if they are made from components that are 2.54 cm or more in thickness:

  • Statuettes and other