REQUEST FOR TARIFF RELIEF ON KNITTED FABRICS FOR DAY WEAR & INTIMATE APPAREL

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

  • Weft knit pile fabrics, having a pile surface of nylon, polyester or rayon filaments, for use in the manufacture of apparel
  • Warp knit fabrics, lace-like, consisting of nylon filament

REQUEST FOR TARIFF RELIEF ON KNITTED FABRICS FOR DAY WEAR & INTIMATE APPAREL

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

  • Weft knit pile fabrics, having a pile surface of nylon, polyester or rayon filaments, for use in the manufacture of apparel
  • Warp knit fabrics, lace-like, consisting of nylon filament

REQUEST FOR TARIFF RELIEF ON HYDRAULIC TURBINE GENERATING SETS

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

  • Hydraulic turbine-driven generating sets with a range of .5 MW to 5 MW

These generating sets are currently dutiable at 6% under the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) tariff treatment under tariff item 8502.39.10.


NEW CONTAINER FEES IN CALIFORNIA

The California Senate has approved an infrastructure and environmental mitigation bill that will charge a $30-per-TEU charge on containers moving through the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland.

The bill, if approved by the governor, would fund intermodal infrastructure projects and pollution-reduction efforts at California’s largest ports, and the governor has 12 days


CONTAINER INSPECTION BACKLOGS – UPDATE

On July 11, 2008, we advised that new testing guidelines for toxic chemicals used in the fumigation of containers have resulted in a backlog of containers for inspection. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) confirmed that the introduction of testing for formaldehyde had caused unanticipated problems and that they are working to eliminate those problems.


NEW LABELLING REQUIREMENTS FOR GARMENTS WITH SHOULDER PADS

The Ontario Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) announced that it has revoked the exemption for shoulder pads meaning that garments with shoulder pads are now subject to the Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Regulations and labelling requirements. The new regulations came into effect without prior warning to the apparel industry.

All upholstered


FOOD LABELLING GUIDELINES DEFINE PRODUCT OF CANADA LABELS

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has published guidelines that define Product of Canada and Made in Canada statements on food labels and advertising.

The labelling guidelines are part of the government’s Canadian Food Labelling initiative to address consumer dissatisfaction in determining the amount of Canadian content in foods, and concern over


FOOD ALLERGEN LABELLING

Health Canada has published Proposed Amendments to the Food Allergen Labelling Regulations to allow for public comment. Health Canada will take into consideration any comments received during the 90-day comment period before bringing the final regulations forward.

At the same time, Health Canada also issued updated guidance to industry, urging food manufacturers to enhance labelling of priority


TAX CREDITS AND SERVICES FOR BUSINESSES

This article contains information concerning provincial tax credits and other government services available to businesses.

Corporations or partnerships that hold a Certificate of Eligibility issued by the ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation (MDEIE), can claim a fashion design tax credit from Revenu Québec respecting wages paid in-house to one or


IMPROVEMENTS AT VANCOUVER’S DELTAPORT TERMINAL

Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific (CP) have announced an agreement allowing the Deltaport Division of a jointly owned rail subsidiary to manage rail switching operations for CN’s and CP’s intermodal trains at Deltaport, a marine container terminal located at Roberts Bank, south of Vancouver’s inner harbour.

CN and CP move approximately 70,000 TEUs (twenty-foot