TRANSPACIFIC CARRIERS ANNOUNCE DECREASE IN CAF SURCHARGES

Effective December 2, 2008, CTSA carrier members will decrease the Currency Adjustment Factor (CAF) to 0% 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


THE 2009 CUSTOMS TARIFF IS AVAILABLE ON THE CBSA WEBSITE

The 2009 Customs Tariff Departmental Consolidation is available on the CBSA website.

The 2009 Customs Tariff includes the final phase-out of tariffs under the Canada-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement.

The 2009 Customs Tariff schedule is available at: 
www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/trade-commerce/tariff-tarif/menu-eng.html

Additional information concerning this and other recent developments is available from our


TARIFF RELIEF RECOMMENDED ON WOVEN POLYESTER FABRIC

In request number TR-2007-007, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) recommended to the Minister of Finance that tariff relief be granted on importations from all countries on the following polyester fabric:

  • Woven fabric, satin weave, dyed, of yarns of non-textured polyester filaments in the warp and of textured polyester filaments and elastomeric yarn

CANADA-COLOMBIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT HAS BEEN SIGNED

On November 21, 2008, Canada signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Colombia. This was the third FTA signed by Canada in 2008.

Two-way trade with Colombia totalled $1.1 billion in 2007, of which exports totalled $661.6 million and imports were $473.63 million. The population of Columbia is 44 million people.

Major Canadian


WOOD PACKAGING REQUIREMENTS REMINDER

Effective July 5, 2006 the government of Canada began refusing to allow non-compliant international wood packaging entry into Canada to reduce the risk of harmful pests being introduced into Canada through untreated wood packaging materials.

International standards require that wood packaging either be heat-treated or fumigated with methyl bromide and marked with an internationally recognized International


REMINDER FROM CBSA TO CARRIERS ABOUT CORRECT PARS PROCEDURES

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is reminding carriers and shippers to notify drivers and dispatchers that the PARS barcode must be affixed to the Customs Invoice and/or Bill of Lading.

The Pre-Arrival Review System (PARS) allows importers and brokers to transmit RMD information to the CBSA for review and processing


PROVISIONAL DUTY IS PAYABLE ON ALUMINUM EXTRUSIONS FROM CHINA

The Canada Border Services Agency made a preliminary determination of dumping respecting aluminum extrusions originating in or exported from the People’s Republic of China.

The subject goods are defined as:

  • aluminum extrusions produced via an extrusion process, of alloys having metallic elements falling within the alloy designations published by The Aluminum

TEXTILE REMISSION HOLDERS SHOULD PREPARE FOR AUDITS IN 2009

As reported September 9, 2008, the government of Canada has extended the textile remission orders which were scheduled to expire December 31, 2009. These orders include the Shirt, Blouse & Coordinate Sets, and Outerwear remission programs. The orders are now scheduled to expire on December 31, 2012, and the extension of


GST/HST OFFSET REGULATIONS

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) GST Form 303 allows members of a group of closely related corporations to apply to reduce or offset an amount of GST/HST remittable or payable by one member of the group by the amount of any GST/HST rebate or refund to which another member is entitled to claim.

The closely related group making


REQUEST FOR TARIFF RELIEF ON COTTON YARN

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

  •  Single yarn, solely of combed cotton fibres, measuring less than 714.29 decitex but not less than 232.56 decitex (exceeding 14 metric number but not exceeding 43 metric number), for use in the manufacture of