ACTION REQUIRED UPON RECEIPT OF CORRESPONDENCE FROM CBSA

Importers that receive correspondence and assessments from the Canada Border Services Agency should be aware that a copy may not have been sent to the broker. Failure to correctly respond to such notices may result in serious consequences to the importer.

When a compliance review begins, importers are asked whether or not


THOUSANDS OF CONTAINERS ARE DELAYED BY PROTESTING FARMERS IN INDIA

The Gujjars, a group of nomadic farmers have blocked rail lines out of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. This action has caused delays to 15,000 containers in Jawaharlal Nehru Port near Mumbai, where more than 60 percent of the country’s containers are handled. The Gujjars have been protesting for over


STRIKES IN FRANCE & SOUTH KOREA

PORT STRIKES IN FRANCE

Port workers in the largest French oil port of Fos-Lavera are to go on a 48-hour strike on June 17-18.

Workers at France’s biggest port of Marseille staged a 48-hour walkout on June 12, the latest of a string of strikes and protests over port privatization plans.

France’s main union


STRIKES IN FRANCE & SOUTH KOREA

PORT STRIKES IN FRANCE

Port workers in the largest French oil port of Fos-Lavera are to go on a 48-hour strike on June 17-18.

Workers at France’s biggest port of Marseille staged a 48-hour walkout on June 12, the latest of a string of strikes and protests over port privatization plans.

France’s main union


CANADA-COLOMBIA FREE TRADE NEGOTIATIONS HAVE BEEN CONCLUDED

Foreign Affairs and International Trade announced that on June 7, 2008, Canada concluded free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with Colombia.

A legal review of the negotiated texts will now be carried out. Following the review, the agreements will be signed by the parties and then will be tabled in the House of Commons


CANADA-PERU FREE TRADE AGREEMENT HAS BEEN SIGNED

On May 29, 2008, Canada signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the Republic of Peru. This was the second FTA signed by Canada in 2008 and Canada’s fourth FTA with countries of the Americas.

Canada’s trade in goods with Peru has increased significantly in the past years; two-way trade totalled $2.4 billion


REQUEST FOR TARIFF RELIEF ON CENTRIFUGAL PUMPS

The Department of Finance has invited views on a request for tariff relief on the following centrifugal pumps:

  • Horizontal axially split single stage double suction between bearing centrifugal pumps of an output exceeding 3,500 cubic metres/hour and head exceeding 250 metres.

The applicant for duty relief claims that these centrifugal pumps are not


PEAK SEASON SURCHARGE POSTPONED TO JULY 1, 2008

The peak season surcharge we announced May 27, 2008 has been postponed. Effective July 1, 2008, CTSA member shipping lines will implement a PEAK SEASON SURCHARGE as follows:

LCL: US$ 8.00 / CBM 
D20: US$ 320.00 
D40: US$ 400.00 
D40H: US$ 450.00 
D45′ J: US$ 505.00

Omnitrans will continue to monitor the


CONGESTION AT HO CHI MINH CITY CAUSES DELAYS

Thousands of import containers piling up at terminals in Ho Chi Minh City are causing severe congestion and delays at Vietnam’s main gateway port.

A massive surge in imports into Vietnam combined with a squeeze on credit has left the main container terminals over flowing with unclaimed containers, resulting in lower productivity


THE 2008 OLYMPICS IN BEIJING – RESTRICTIONS TO DANGEROUS GOODS

The Civil Aviation Administration in China has announced that from July 1 to Sept. 30, 2008, the following airports will not be allowed to handle Dangerous Goods (DG):

  • Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, ShenYang, QinHuangDao, and QingDao.

Restrictions to DG handling are also in place at ocean seaports. The restrictions apply to