CANADA-COLOMBIA & CANADA-PERU FTA UPDATE – LEGISLATION TO IMPLEMENT THE AGREEMENTS HAS BEEN TABLED

The government of Canada has introduced legislation to implement free trade agreements with Colombia and Peru. Canada and Colombia officially signed the free trade agreement on November 21, 2008, and FTA with Peru was signed on May 29, 2008. Legislation to implement the associated Labour Cooperation


CONTROL AND DISPOSAL OF SEIZED GOODS

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will be implementing changes to the control and disposal of seized goods. Seizure and ascertained forfeiture normally apply to serious infractions, often associated with prohibited goods.

The CBSA has agreed to implement recommendations in a recent report from the Internal Audit and Evaluation Committee which determined that the


CHANGES TO THE TEXTILE LABELLING & ADVERTISING REGULATIONS

The Competition Bureau has proposed amendments to the List of Generic Names for Textile Fibres allowed on labels.

The additions will allow companies to use the following new fibre names on the labels of consumer textile articles.

Lastol – a type of olefin mainly used in apparel where stretch is desirable.

PLA


POTENTIAL DUTY REFUNDS AVAILABLE TO IMPORTERS OF PET BEDS

If your company is an importer of pet beds, you may have been overpaying customs duties.

It may be possible to recover a portion of the duties paid on past importations of pet beds as far back as four years from the date of the importation.

Omnitrans Inc. is an industry


DESIGNER REMISSION ORDER PROVIDES TARIFF RELIEF ON FABRICS

The ‘Designer Remission Order, 2001’ provides eligible fashion designers and design houses with temporary duty-free access to a wide range of fabrics for use in the manufacture of limited quantities of innovative apparel marketed under their own trademark or label. The program is scheduled to expire on December 13, 2010.

The following


COMPLIANCE AUDITS – HOW TO PREPARE AND PROTECT AGAINST ASSESSMENTS

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has confirmed that if an importer has reason to believe an error in classification, valuation or tariff treatment occurred, and fails to file corrective B2 adjustments, the importer would be subject to penalties during a subsequent audit.

An analysis of audit results indicates that


REQUEST FOR TARIFF RELIEF ON POLYAMIDE YARN

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

  • Single yarn, solely of polyamide, an aramid of poly m-phenylene isophthalamide, for use in the manufacture of fabrics for high temperature emission hoses for the automotive market

This yarn is currently dutiable at 8% under


REQUEST FOR TARIFF RELIEF ON ALUMINUM FOIL

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

  • Backed aluminium foil of a thickness of less than 0.127 mm, not printed and not embossed

This material is currently dutiable at 6.5% under the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) tariff treatment under tariff item 7607.20.90.

Importers or