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


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