THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE PROPOSES ELIMINATION OF DUTY ON MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT

The Department of Finance is seeking views respecting the elimination of Most-Favoured-Nation (MFN) tariff rates on a wide range of machinery and electrical equipment. The proposal is as a result of a report by the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade.

The proposed elimination of MFN


PROVISIONAL DUTY IS PAYABLE ON THERMOELECTRIC COOLERS & WARMERS FROM CHINA

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

The subject goods are defined as:

  • Thermoelectric containers that provide cooling and/or warming with the use of a passive

CANADA-JORDAN FREE TRADE NEGOTIATIONS HAVE BEEN CONCLUDED

Foreign Affairs and International Trade announced that on August 25, 2008, Canada concluded free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with Jordan as well as negotiations for an Agreement on the Environment and a Labour Cooperation Agreement.

A legal review of the negotiated texts will now be carried out. Following the review, the agreements will


BILL C-52 INTRODUCES THE CONSUMER PRODUCTS SAFETY ACT

The government of Canada has tabled Bill C-52, The Consumer Products Safety Act. The proposed legislation was prompted by several recent recalls of toys, foods and pharmaceuticals, and will replace Part I of the Hazardous Products Act which prohibits the importation and distribution of a wide range of banned items.

When approved,


BARBECUE LIGHTERS MUST BE CHILD-PROOF AND LABELLED ACCORDINGLY

Health Canada has amended the Hazardous Products Regulations to include utility lighters (also known as multipurpose or barbeque lighters). The main purpose of these amendments is to ensure that utility lighters are restricted.

Barbecue lighters have been found to leak and have flame heights over 150 mm (6 inches), causing fires and


ANTI-DUMPING DUTY ON WOOD SLATS – EXPIRY NOTICE

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) has announced that its findings made on June 18, 2004, concerning wood slats originating in or exported from Mexico and the People’s Republic of China, are scheduled to expire on June 17, 2009.

Under the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA), findings of injury or threat of


TARIFF RELIEF RECOMMENDED ON POLYESTER WOVEN FABRIC

In request number TR-2007-006, 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, plain weave, dyed, of untwisted textured polyester filament yarns in the weft and untwisted non-textured polyester filament yarns in the

GARMENTS WITH SHOULDER PADS – STUFFED ARTICLES LABELLING REQUIREMENTS DELAYED

The Ontario Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) announced that it has reinstated the exemption for shoulder pads and garments with shoulder pads. However, they will be subject to the Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Regulations and labelling requirements on July 1, 2009.

Increased public concern with health and safety of


THE CFIA IS PLANNING TO REMOVE THE U.S.-CANADA EXEMPTION FOR WOODEN PALLETS

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service have agreed to make cross-border shipments on wooden pallets or containing wood packaging materials subject to International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) No. 15. The measure is expected to thwart


CHINA HAS INCREASED TAX REBATES ON TEXTILES AND APPAREL

China has increased tax rebates on textiles and clothing to boost foreign sales.

Rebates of value-added taxes on exports of textiles and clothes will rise by 2 percentage points to 13%, effective August 1, 2008.

Chinese manufacturers and exporters are suffering from higher costs for energy and raw materials, weaker global