TRUCKING STRIKE IN INDIA

The All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) has announced a nationwide strike starting July 2. The strike could affect all air and ocean freight movements from India.

The dispute is over recent taxes levied on diesel fuel, speed governors and toll taxes.

The situation is worsened by a fuel shortage and heavy rainfall in the Chennai


PORT CONGESTION SURCHARGE IN VIET NAM

Member lines of the Far Eastern Freight Conference (FEFC) will implement a port congestion surcharge amounting to USD 50/teu for both eastbound and westbound cargo in Vietnamese ports starting July 15, 2008.

Please contact your Client Representative for additional information.

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WTO UPDATE – RENEWED NEGOTIATIONS & REQUEST FOR VIEWS

The Doha Round of talks has been experiencing difficulty in reaching a new World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement to replace the former General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) that ended in 2003.

At the Fourth Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar, in November 2001, WTO member governments agreed to launch new


WTO UPDATE – RENEWED NEGOTIATIONS & REQUEST FOR VIEWS

The Doha Round of talks has been experiencing difficulty in reaching a new World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement to replace the former General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) that ended in 2003.

At the Fourth Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar, in November 2001, WTO member governments agreed to launch new


WTO UPDATE – RENEWED NEGOTIATIONS & REQUEST FOR VIEW REQUEST FOR TARIFF RELIEF ON FIRE-RETARDANT COTTON FABRICS

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

  • Woven fabric solely of cotton, fire retardant, printed, twill-weave, for use in the manufacture of mattresses.

This fabric is currently dutiable at 12% under the


TRANSPACIFIC CARRIERS ANNOUNCE INCREASE IN BAF SURCHARGES

Effective July 1, 2008, CTSA carrier members will increase the Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF) on ocean freight from Asia and the Indian sub-continent as follows:

D20: US$ 70.00 
D40: US$ 90.00 
D40H: US$ 100.00 
D45′ J: US$ 115.00

Surcharges are implemented by steamship lines and are required to help carriers adjust to increasing


TRUCKING STRIKE IN INDIA CALLED OFF

The government of India has exempted truckers from payment of a 12.5% service tax on supply of vehicles to goods transport agencies.

As a result, the All India Motor Transport Congress has called off their nationwide strike planned for July 2.

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TRUCKING STRIKE LOOMING IN INDIA

The All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) has announced a nationwide strike from July 2 to July 8, 2008. The strike could affect all air and ocean freight movements from India.

The dispute is over recent taxes levied on diesel fuel, speed governors and toll taxes.

Representatives from the AIMTC stated that unless demands are


CANADA-PERU FTA – HIGHLIGHTS

As mentioned June 13, 2008, Canada and Peru have signed a free trade agreement (FTA). Following a 21-day review, the government will introduce legislation to implement the treaties, aiming for implementation by January 1, 2009.

Canada also signed a labour cooperation agreement and an environment agreement with Peru. The Canada-Peru Agreement on the Environment commits both


JOB ACTION LOOMING AT CBSA

The Customs Excise Union and the Canada Border Services Agency are experiencing difficulties in negotiating new contracts that may result in job action. Unresolved issues are related to salary and job security.

Border inspections and services from the CBSA could cause delays at the border.

We will provide updates as they become available.