CANADA-PANAMA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT CONSULTATIONS

The government of Canada is seeking the views of Canadians on the scope of a possible free trade agreement (FTA) between Canada and Panama. On May 6 and 7, 2008, Canadian and Panamanian officials held the first meetings to explore possible FTA negotiations.

Panama has FTAs with Taiwan (2004), El Salvador (2002), Singapore (2006) and


POSSIBLE ANTI-DUMPING DUTY ON THERMOELECTRIC CONTAINERS FROM CHINA

The Canada Border Services Agency has initiated an investigation into a complaint respecting the alleged injurious dumping and subsidizing of thermoelectric containers that provide cooling and/or warming with the use of a passive heat sink and a thermoelectric module, excluding liquid dispensers, originating in or exported from the People’s Republic of China.


NOTICE TO ANYONE ENGAGED IN THE USE OF METHYL BROMIDE

In 2004, the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer agreed to phase out the production and consumption of methyl bromide.

In the ninth meeting of the parties, it was decided to allow for possible exemptions to the production and consumption phase-out dates in order


REQUEST FOR TARIFF RELIEF ON POLYESTER WOVEN FABRIC

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) has commenced an investigation as a result of request number TR-2007-006 for the removal of customs duty on the following polyester fabric:

  • Woven fabric, plain weave, dyed, of untwisted textured polyester filament yarns in the weft and untwisted non-textured polyester filament yarns in the warp, of

TRANSPACIFIC CARRIERS ANNOUNCE INCREASE IN CAF SURCHARGES

Effective July 1, 2008, CTSA carrier members will increase the Currency Adjustment Factor (CAF) to 8% on ocean freight from Asia and the Indian sub-continent. The surcharge is calculated on the total ocean freight charges excluding fuel recovery (BAF) and is reviewed on a monthly basis.

Surcharges are implemented by steamship lines and


VALUATION OF IMPORTED SAMPLES / OMNITRANS ONLINE BAGGAGE SHIPMENT INVOICE FORM

Importers of samples must ensure that the values declared to Customs reflect either what was actually paid for them, or a reasonable equivalent value such as the value of identical or similar goods subsequently ordered.

Some suppliers may be of the mistaken opinion that declaring reduced values of mutilated


DESIGNER REMISSION ORDER REMINDER – USAGE REPORTS ARE DUE IN JULY

Requirements of the Designer Remission Order include the filing of semi-annual reports and annual letters of intent.

Failure to file letters of intent and usage reports will result in removal from the program, and duty will become payable on imported fabrics (generally 10-14%).

Companies approved under this program must


REVISED RATES OF DUTY FOR WOOL FABRICS STARTING JULY 1, 2008

Starting July 1, 2008, the specific duty rates on woven wool fabrics weighing 300 grams per square metre and less will be adjusted to a maximum of:

  • $2.41 per kilogram for imports from eligible Commonwealth countries (BPT), down from $2.59; and
  • $4.43 per kilogram under the Most-Favoured-Nation Tariff (MFN),