REVISED RATES OF DUTY FOR WOOL FABRICS STARTING JULY 1, 2008

Starting July 1, 2008, the specific duty rates on woven wool fabrics weighing 300 grams per square metre and less will be adjusted to a maximum of:

  • $2.41 per kilogram for imports from eligible Commonwealth countries (BPT), down from $2.59; and
  • $4.43 per kilogram under the Most-Favoured-Nation Tariff (MFN),

VALUATION OF IMPORTED SAMPLES / OMNITRANS ONLINE BAGGAGE SHIPMENT INVOICE FORM

Importers of samples must ensure that the values declared to Customs reflect either what was actually paid for them, or a reasonable equivalent value such as the value of identical or similar goods subsequently ordered.

Some suppliers may be of the mistaken opinion that declaring reduced values of mutilated


DESIGNER REMISSION ORDER REMINDER – USAGE REPORTS ARE DUE IN JULY

Requirements of the Designer Remission Order include the filing of semi-annual reports and annual letters of intent.

Failure to file letters of intent and usage reports will result in removal from the program, and duty will become payable on imported fabrics (generally 10-14%).

Companies approved under this program must


OPENING OF THE NEW INTERNATIONAL BANGALORE AIRPORT

Omnitrans is pleased to announce to our customers that the New Bengaluru International Airport commenced operations on May 23, 2008, servicing Bangalore, Karnataka, India and Devanahalli.

The new airport is located in Devanahalli, 45 kilometres from the present HAL airport, and is equipped to handle all cargoes, including OD shipments, perishables, AVI, DGR


PEAK SEASON SURCHARGE EFFECTIVE JUNE 1, 2008

Effective June 1, 2008, CTSA member shipping lines will implement a PEAK SEASON SURCHARGE as follows:

LCL: US$ 8.00 / CBM 
D20: US$ 320.00 
D40: US$ 400.00 
D40H: US$ 450.00 
D45′ J: US$ 505.00

Omnitrans will continue to monitor the situation in order to provide our customers with competitive pricing and service options.


END-USE TARIFF PROVISIONS AND PENALTIES FOR NON-COMPLIANCE

Importers need to be aware of their responsibilities related to duty-free or reduced H.S. tariff classifications applied to materials imported for specific uses.

Canada Customs Compliance Verification Officers can assess duty, interest, and AMPS penalties up to 4 years from date of importation, and are currently reviewing the classifications of several thousand duty-free


THE 2008 OLYMPICS HOSTED IN BEIJING

Commencing August 8th – August 24th the Summer 2008 Olympic Games will take place in Beijing and neighbouring cities.

Regatta sailing will take place in Qingdao, Equestrian Events in Hong Kong, Football (soccer) will take place in Qinhaungdao, Shanghai, Shenyang and Tianjin.

Traffic control and smog reducing measures have been suggested and may be


CROSS-BORDER DISCUSSIONS WITH OMNITRANS CONSULTANTS

Increased trade in non-NAFTA goods within North America, specifically between Canada and the United States raises several customs issues that companies may or may not be taking advantage of.

Issues to consider include:

  • Canadian and U.S. duty drawback
  • Valuation of imported goods both into Canada and the U.S. to preserve to the extent possible, the

MANDATORY EDI CLEARANCES

This is a reminder that EDI clearances for PARS shipments arriving by truck into Canada will become mandatory on October 15, 2007. Paper entries will no longer be accepted by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), except in exceptional, pre-determined cases.

All shipments arriving at the border will not be processed by the CBSA unless the release