NEW LABELLING REQUIREMENTS FOR PADDED UNDERGARMENTS IN CANADA DUE TO BE IMPLEMENTED JANUARY 1, 2009

As of January 1, 2009 it is expected that all domestic and foreign manufacturers wishing to sell padded undergarments, including certain brassieres, will be required to register directly with Ontario, or indirectly through reciprocal agreements currently in force with Quebec and Manitoba. (Quebec and Manitoba


TRADE GROUPS WARN THAT 10+2 PROGRAM WILL INCREASE COST OF DOING BUSINESS

Forty organizations have signed and sent a letter to Congress urging CBP consideration of a pilot program for the proposed importer security filing (10+2). The trade groups claim complying with the rule would impose financial burdens as well as additional security risks due to delays at foreign ports


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CHINA TEXTILE/APPAREL QUOTAS SCHEDULED TO EXPIRE DECEMBER 31, 2008

According to The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) sources, the quotas imposed on certain China-origin textile and apparel good, pursuant to the U.S.-China Textile Agreement, will end on December 31, 2008. Any over-shipments that are exported in 2008 will be subject to staged entry in 2009.

The following


REMINDER: ALL PRODUCTS MUST BE PROPERLY MARKED WITH ITS COUNTRY OF ORIGIN WHEN ENTERING THE UNITED STATES

This is a reminder that all goods entering the USA must be properly marked according to US regulations. We strongly suggest that importers validate that their suppliers are complying with all applicable labeling regulations, and perform routine inspections of product prior to shipping


U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION (CBP) CHARGES ILLEGAL APPAREL TRANSSHIPMENTS TO CHINA’S 2006/2007 QUOTAS

CBP has identified more than 1000 cargo containers of Chinese apparel that were illegally transhipped in 2006 and 2007 and charged these goods to China’s quota. Over 900 importations consisting of more than 4 million dozens of apparel were declared to CBP as products of countries


USTR INITIATES REVIEW FOR CONSIDERATION OF VIETNAM AS ELIGIBLE UNDER GENERALIZED SYSTEM OF PREFERENCES (GSP)

The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced the initiation of a review to consider designating the Socialist Republic of Vietnam as a beneficiary developing country for purposes of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). If the President elects to designate Vietnam as


U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION (CBP) CHARGES ILLEGAL APPAREL TRANSSHIPMENTS TO CHINA’S 2006/2007 QUOTAS

CBP has identified more than 1000 cargo containers of Chinese apparel that were illegally transhipped in 2006 and 2007 and charged these goods to China’s quota. Over 900 importations consisting of more than 4 million dozens of apparel were declared to CBP as products of countries


IMPORTER DECLARATION REQUIREMENT FOR SOFTWOOD LUMBER PRODUCTS BECOMES LAW JUNE 18, 2008

On June 18, 2008 the Farm Bill was enacted into law and includes, among other provisions, the requirement for an “Importer Declaration Program” for softwood lumber importers. Under this program importers will be required to provide the export price and the estimated export charges for each shipment. In


REMINDER: UNCERTIFIED/INFESTED WOOD PACKAGING MATERIAL MAY POTENTIALLY RESULT IN LOSS OF TIME AND MONEY

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has posted a reminder to their website regarding the treatment of wood packaging materials. Importers are reminded that to avoid potential losses the wood packing material used to transport shipments must be treated and marked in compliance with International Phytosanitary