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April 11, 2014

Japan and Australia conclude free trade agreement. Australia is the first major agricultural exporter to open Japan's high import barriers. More...

Foods legally sold in some countries may not meet Canadian import requirements. Importers have to ensure that the products they are importing are compliant. More...

List of departments and agencies that regulate imports into Canada. Many commonly imported goods may require permits/certificates from various departments or agencies. More...

EU and Japan exchange offers in fifth round of FTA negotiations. The negotiators discussed a whole range of areas including tariffs and quotas, rules of origin. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 14-008 Appendix F and Appendix G Authorized Importer Programs as Defined in Memorandum D19-12-1, Importations of Vehicles
  • Memorandum D11-4-19 The Determination of When Goods are Entitled to the Benefit of the United States Tariff, Mexico Tariff or Mexico-United States Tariff
  • Memorandum D11-4-29 Uniform Regulations - Chapter Four of the Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement (CPAFTA)
  • Memorandum D13-3-1 Methods of Determining Value for Duty
  • Memorandum D13-10-2 Used Automobiles, Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Other Vessels
  • Memorandum D13-11-3 Value for Duty of Printed or Lithographed Matter, Financial and Other Instruments
  • DFATD -Softwood Lumber exports to U.S. The prevailing monthly price for May 2014 exceeds US$ 355
  • EICS Bulletin: Softwood Lumber quota for March 2014
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2014 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2014 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: MHD 2014-10 Chapter 11 - Section 11.7.3 - Taiwan
  • CFIA Notice to Industry: Information for Importers of Food Products. Importers are responsible for ensuring that food imported into meets Canadian requirements
  • CITT Expiry No. LE-2013-003 Certain carbon steel fasteners from China and Chinese Taipei
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2013-017 Whether certain payments form part of the "price paid or payable"
  • Exports of used vehicles from the United States. Mandatory AES filing for U.S. exports required as of Oct 2nd, 2014
  • New U.S. assessment on imports of Christmas trees
  • Rules and Regulations Under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act
  • USDA Announces Amendments to Export Apple Act
  • U.S. CBP NEXUS Advisory, Highgate Springs NEXUS Lane Change on Good Friday


April 4, 2014

Solid growth in exports eliminated Canada's trade deficit in February. Trade balance went from a deficit of $337 million in January to a surplus of $290 million in February. More...

Global air freight continues to grow in February. IATA reports global air freight markets registered a 2.9% increase in demand compared to February 2013. More...

Stainless steel sinks from China assigned new values. Revision may result in additional duties being assessed on importations of these goods. More...

Duties on steel plate from Ukraine could expire in February 2015. Tribunal is seeking opinions on whether it should let the finding expire or conduct an expiry review. More...

Canada to implement international classification an labelling rules for chemicals. The United States, the European Union, Australia, Japan, China and South Korea will also use the rules. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain stainless steel sinks from China. Updates to the normal values, export prices and the amounts of subsidy
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Thermoelectric Coolers and Warmers from China. Re-investigation of the normal values, export prices and amounts of subsidy.
  • Customs Notice 14-007 Highway Sufferance Warehouse Closure and Licence Opportunity (Prince George, BC)
  • Memorandum D10-13-2 Administrative Policy — Tariff Interpretation of "Functional Units"
  • Memorandum D10-14-43 Tariff Classification of Filters, Parts Thereof and Filter Media.
  • Memorandum D10-14-47 Articles for the use of the Governor General.
  • Memorandum D11-4-28 Haiti Goods Deemed to be Directly Shipped to Canada for the Purposes of the General Preferential Tariff (GPT) and the Least Developed Country Tariff (LDCT).
  • CRA Softwood Lumber Notice SWLN46 Termination of the Additional Export Charge for the Ontario and Quebec Regions
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2014 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2014 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: Russia - Mexico
  • Canada implementing the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
  • CITT Expiry No. LE-2014-001 Hot-rolled carbon steel plate and high-strenght low-alloy steel plate from Ukraine. Notice of expiry
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2013-028 Value for duty of printed T-shirts and other concert memorabilia
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2013-006 Classification of rear suspension kit, key shear, suspension core charge and suspension housing
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2013-027 Classification of trampoline enclosures
  • CITT Expiry No. LE-2013-002 Mattress Innerspring Units from China. Reasons
  • Exports of used vehicles from the United States: Mandatory AES filing required as of April 5th, 2014
  • U.S. FDA Draft Guidance on Prior Notice of Imported Foods
  • New Safety Standard for Soft Infant and Toddler Carriers. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Foreign Government Subsidies on Articles of Cheese Subject to an In-Quota Rate of Duty


March 28, 2014

London court cancels charges on Canadian lumber exports to the U.S. Softwood lumber exporters from Ontario and Quebec were paying a special export charge. More...

WTO confirms China cannot restrict exports of rare earths. WTO found that China's export duties and quotas were in breach of its WTO commitments. More...

Canadian rail freight down 2.7 percent in January. A drop in domestic transport was the main cause of the month's decrease as U.S. shipments were up fifteen percent. More...

U.S. joins WTO negotiations to eliminate tariffs on environmental goods. Targeted goods cover a broad range of products, such as solar panels, wind turbines, waste management. More...

What to expect from a NAFTA verification of origin. The objective of a verification is to confirm that products qualify as originating in accordance with NAFTA. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 14-006 Update to CBSA Break-bulk Exemption Advance Commercial Information (ACI) Timeframes for Transmission of Break-bulk Cargo - Pre-arrival Marine Mode
  • CBSA - SIMA - Liquid dielectric transformers from Korea - New Final Determination - Reasons
  • Canada Revenue Agency forms: B253 Softwood Lumber EDM1-1-2 Regional Excise Duty Offices
  • DFATD -Softwood Lumber exports to U.S. The prevailing monthly price for April 2014 exceeds US$ 355
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2014 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2014 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA - Update to the submission of Official Meat Import Certificates (OMIC)
  • CFIA Directive D-03-08 Phytosanitary Requirements to Prevent the Introduction Into and Spread Within Canada of the Emerald Ash Borer, Agrilus planipennis (Fairmaire)
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2013-013 Classification of Soothers (pacifiers)
  • WTO issues panel reports on China's rare earths exports


March 21, 2014

Fifth round of Canada-Japan trade negotiations starts next week. The Canada-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations will resume in Tokyo from March 24 to 28. More...

Canadian exports of manufactured products fell by more than 7% in ten years. Exports to the United States led the decrease according to a study by Statistics Canada. More...

Tribunal maintains anti-dumping duty on aluminum extrusions from China. A resumption of the dumping and subsidizing would result in injury to Canadian industry. More...

CBSA sets revised values for steel fasteners from China and Taiwan. The new normal values and amounts of subsidy are effective from March 14, 2014. More...

EU and U.S. negotiators report steady progress in fourth round of FTA talks. Negotiators discussed three core elements - tariffs, trade in services and public procurement. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain carbon steel fasteners from China and Chinese Taipei - New normal values, export prices and amounts of subsidy
  • Memorandum D11-5-1 NAFTA Rules of Origin
  • Memorandum D12-4-1 Pre-arrival Rail
  • Custom Notice 14-005 Harmonized System Codes for Export Declarations
  • Canada Revenue Agency forms: Excise Duty - Tobacco - Softwood Lumber Products
  • Milk Protein Substances Tariff Rate Quota - Deadline for Applications extended to March 28, 2014
  • EICS Message: Softwood Lumber quota for April 2014
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2014 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2014 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • Minister Aglukkaq Leads Delegation to Defend Canadian Seal Hunt at WTO.
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: MHD 2014-06 Chapter 17
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2013-003 Aluminum Extrusions from China. Expiry review of findings
  • CITT Interim Review No. RD-2013-003 Liquid dielectric transformers from Korea
  • U.S. FTC Issues Changes to Textile Labeling Rules. Fiber content and country-of-origin disclosures
  • U.S. FDA: Procedures for the Safe Processing and Importing of Fish and Fishery Products


March 14, 2014

Canada and South Korea conclude free trade agreement. Canada's first agreement with an Asian market will eliminate tariffs and reduce non-tariff measures. More...

Duties on mattress innerspring units from China will expire in November. The Tribunal was not satisfied that an expiry review was warranted. More...

January drop in imports reduced Canada's trade deficit in January. Canada's merchandise imports declined 1.6% and exports increased 0.2% in January. More...

Improved WTO government procurement agreement comes into force. The aim of the Agreement is to open up government procurement markets to international competition. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Liquid dielectric transformers from Korea - Notice of New Final Determination
  • Memorandum D10-13-2 Administrative Policy — Tariff Interpretation of "Functional Units"
  • Memorandum D12-1-1 Pre-arrival Marine
  • Memorandum D12-2-1 Pre-arrival Air
  • Memorandum D12-3-1 Pre-arrival Highway
  • Technical Summary of Canada's FTA with South Korea.
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2014 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2014 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA Fertilizer Program Updates. All fertilizers and supplements that are imported or sold in Canada are regulated by the CFIA
  • CFIA - Streamlining the pre-clearance review of meat inspection certificates from the United States
  • CFIA Inspection of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Packers, Re-packers and Fresh-cut Operators.
  • CITT Expiry No. LE-2013-002 Mattress Innerspring Units from China. Finding will expire in November
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2012-017 Tariff classification of a HydraTM Magnum Plus 170 remotely operated vehicle
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2013-026 Tariff classification of the Hydrogen Peroxide Gel Tooth Whitening Kit
  • U.S. CBP Encourages Use of NEXUS Lane at Highgate Springs Vermont Port
  • U.S. CPSC Safety Standard for Carriages and Strollers


March 7, 2014

Duties on steel fasteners from China could expire in January 2015. Tribunal is seeking opinions on whether it should let the finding expire or conduct an expiry review. More...

Reminder: End of preferential tariff on goods from 72 countries in less than 10 months. Changes to the GPT will become effective in respect of goods imported on or after January 1, 2015. More...

Global air freight resumed growth in January. Global freight tonne kilometers rose 4.5% in January and growth was solid across all regions. More...

Normal values of unitized wall modules from China proving difficult to assess. CBSA extends conclusion of re-investigation due to the complexity and novelty of the issues. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Unitized Wall Modules from China - Extension of re-investigation - normal values and prices
  • Memorandum D10-14-38 Tariff Classification of a Piece of Furniture Imported Unassembled or Disassembled
  • CRA Form B273 Excise Return - Cigarette Inventory Tax
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2014 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2014 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA Directive D-11-05 Phytosanitary Requirements for Non-Manufactured and Non-Propagative Wood Products to Prevent the Introduction from the Continental United States and Spread Within Canada of the Asian Long-horned beetle, Anoplophora glabripennis (Motschulsky)
  • CITT Expiry No. LE-2013-003 Certain carbon steel fasteners from China and Chinese Taipei
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2013-015 Classification of bulk toner chemicals imported in 52-kilogram drums
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2013-004 Classification of components imported in a box ready for retail sale, containing an electric guitar and software burnt on a DVD called "Rocksmith, Authentic Guitar Games"
  • Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission seeks comments on draft REGDOC-2.13.2, Import and Export
  • U.S. CPSC Approves New Federal Safety Standard for Carriages and Strollers


February 28, 2014

Pre-inspection of U.S. bound cargo begins in Fort Erie. Pilot project will test the ability of the pre-inspection process to reduce wait times and border congestion. More...

Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations make little progress in Singapore. Long-running differences on tariffs on imported goods are proving difficult to overcome. More...

CFIA will expand administrative monetary penalties to meat inspections. Regulatory amendments will enable the issuance of monetary penalties for violations. More...

Negotiations on an International Services Agreement keep progressing. The latest round of negotiations was held from February 17 to 24 in Geneva. More...

Highway carriers are getting ready for eManifest implementation. eManifest capable carriers are responsible for over 95% of cross border highway volumes. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice CN14-004 Refund of Duties Under the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA)
  • Customs Notice CN14-003 Proposed Regulatory Amendments Related to the Refund of Duties Under the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA)
  • Memorandum D11-5-2 NAFTA - Specific Rules of Origin
  • Memorandum D13-1-2 Direct Shipment of Goods
  • Memorandum D13-2-3 Exchange Rate for the Calculation of the Value for Duty Under the Customs Act
  • Memorandum D13-5-1 Application of Sections 49 and 50 of the Customs Act
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2014 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2014 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA to expand Administrative Monetary Penalities (AMPs) to the Meat Inspection Act and the Meat Inspection Regulations.
  • U.S. and Canada harmonizing names of meat cuts
  • New mandatory national pig traceability system. Custodians to keep records and report all movements of pigs, from birth or import to slaughter or export.
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: MHD 2014-05 Chapter 11 - Japan
  • CFIA: Exporting meat to the European Union
  • CFIA Directive D-05-02 Import requirements for wheat, triticale, rye and barley for non-propagative uses originating from the state of North Dakota and approved counties within the state of Montana
  • CFIA Directive D-06-03 Import requirements for wheat, barley, triticale and rye for propagation originating from the state of North Dakota and approved areas within the state of Montana
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2013-003 Determining whether cashews qualify as originating under the North American Free Trade Agreement.
  • U.S. CPSC Workshop on Potential Ways to Reduce Third Party Testing Costs through Determinations Consistent with Assuring Compliance
  • FDA proposes updates to Nutrition Facts label on food packages
  • U.S. FWS: Controls on Import, Export and Interstate Sale of Elephant Ivory and Other Products Made from ESA-listed Species


February 21, 2014

eManifest requirement is one step closer to becoming mandatory. eManifest requires carriers and forwarders to electronically transmit advance commercial information. More...

WTO compliance panel hears Canada's complaint over U.S. meat labelling rules. Canada is seeking permission from the WTO to apply retaliatory measures against the U.S. More...

Canada and Mexico sign an expanded air transport agreement. Will provide an open framework for direct flights by any number of Canadian and Mexican carriers. More...

Anti-dumping and countervailing duties: why, and how does it work? The process is set in motion when a Canadian producer submits a complaint to the CBSA. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA eManifest: Proposed eManifest regulatory amendments published in Part I of the Canada Gazette
  • CBSA: Best Practices for Processing eManifest Highway Shipments
  • EICS Message: Softwood Lumber quota for March 2014
  • DFATC - Steel - New Industry Steel Classification - 2014, New Harmonized System 10-digit Classification 2014
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2014 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2014 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA Memorandum 2014-01: Renewal of Veterinary Biologics Establishment Licences, Product Licences, and Import Permits
  • U.S. DHS to Implement Steps to Streamline the Export/Import Process for America's Businesses
  • U.S. FDA initiates the Secure Supply Chain Pilot Program to enhance security of imported drugs


February 14, 2014

Federal budget eliminates duty on mobile offshore drilling units. Tariff elimination will be effective in respect of goods imported into Canada on or after May 5, 2014. More...

Ottawa regulates definition of icewine for imports and exports. Federal Government also amends wine bottle position requirements for mandatory information. More...

A little help to avoid customs penalties. Leaflet outlines the Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS), and gives tips to avoid penalties. More...

Planning to spend some time in a warmer place this winter? You may want to look at two Canadian Government websites that provide useful traveller information. More...

OECD indicators point to an improving global economic outlook. Composite leading indicators from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development point upwards. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D3-4-5 Highway Cargo - In-Transit Movements
  • Excise Duty Notice EDN35 Changes to Excise Duty Rates on Tobacco Products
  • Excise Duty Notice EDN36 Cigarette Inventory Tax
  • Excise Duty Notice EDN37 Questions and Answers on the Cigarette Inventory Tax
  • Federal Budget 2014: Customs Tariff Measures
      -  Customs Tariff Treatment of the Governor General
      -  Supporting Offshore Oil and Gas Development
  • New National Standard for Icewine in Canada
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2014 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2014 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • USDA: Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington and Imported Potatoes. Import Regulations for Red Types of Potatoes
  • U.S. EPA: Significant New Use Rule on Certain Chemical Substances. Covers 35 chemical substances


February 7, 2014

Weaker currency amplified Canadian trade deficit in December. Country's trade deficit with the world went from $1.5 billion in November to $1.7 billion in December. More...

Free trade talks continue between the EU and Japan. Officials from both sides met last week for the fourth round of negotiations towards a free trade agreement. More...

Global air cargo grew by 1.4% in 2013 according to IATA final numbers. Air cargo markets made very slow progress during the first half of the year. More...

Canada imposes further sanctions against Syria. New measures prohibit the export of chemicals and equipment that can be used to produce chemical weapons. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Carbon steel plate from seven countries subject to provisional duties. CBSA Statement of reasons
  • CBSA Today: Commercial News for Stakeholders - Issue No. 8, Winter 2014
  • Memorandum D3-5-2 Marine Cargo - Import Movements
  • Memorandum D8-3-15 Application of the Computer Carrier Media Remission Order
  • Memorandum D13-1-1 Value for Duty of Imported Goods
  • Memorandum D13-8-1 Computed Value Method
  • CRA Memorandum 1-4 Excise and GST/HST Rulings and Interpretations Service
  • Excise Duty Notice EDBN19 K50B Filing and Payment Schedules for Brewers
  • EICS Bulletin: Softwood Lumber quota for January 2014
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2014 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2014 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • Notice to Exporters Serial No. 190 Softwood Lumber Exports to the United States: 2014 List of Allocation Holders
  • Report on 2010-2011 Exports of Military Goods from Canada
  • U.S. FDA Proposes Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food. Will impact certain shippers, receivers, and carriers who transport food


January 31, 2014

Government introduces bill to implement the Canada-Honduras FTA. Domestic ratification processes are taking place in both countries. More...

Canada joins WTO talks toward global free trade in environmental goods. Targeted goods cover a broad range of products, such as solar panels, wind turbines, waste management. More...

Canada and Norway appeal WTO decision on EU seal ban. WTO ruled that the EU Seal Regime is a technical regulation and that it does not violate WTO rules. More...

EU - U.S. free trade negotiations to resume in March. Top trade politicians will first meet in February to take stock of the negotiations to date. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D19-2-1 Administration of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act
  • Customs Notice 14-002 Mandatory electronic notification of cargo arrival at sufferance warehouses
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2014 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2014 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: - MHD 2014-01 Chapter 4 - Annex G
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2013-018 Classification of deep cleansing pore strips
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2012-058 Classification of certain lever chain binders, adjustable lever binders and ratchet chain/load binders
  • WTO: Canada and Norway appeal seal products reports


January 24, 2014

Canada and Israel will expand their free trade agreement. Canada will seek to negotiate new chapters on trade facilitation, technical barriers to trade, etc. More...

Carbon steel plate from seven countries now subject to provisional duties. Tribunal will conduct a final inquiry to determine if the dumping is causing damage to Canadian producers. More...

New assessment starts on U.S. imports of paper and paper-based packaging. Promotion program will be financed by an assessment on U.S. importers and manufacturers. More...

Duties on mattress innerspring units from China could expire in November. Tribunal is seeking opinions on whether it should let the finding expire or conduct an expiry review. More...

Trade terms and your American clients and suppliers. The Incoterms differ greatly from the United States' Uniform Commercial Code. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Steel Plate from Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, Indonesia, Italy, Japan and the Republic of Korea. Notice of Preliminary Determinations. Provisional duties now payable
  • Memorandum D4-1-7 Extension of Time Limits for the Storage of Goods
  • Memorandum D8-3-1 Administration of the Advertising Material Remission Order
  • Memorandum D10-14-3 Application of Seasonal Duties and Suspension of Duty on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
  • Memorandum D10-14-28 Bath Preparations, Shower Gels, and Other Preparations for Use in Washing the Skin.
  • Memorandum D10-15-1 Administrative Policy - Florist and Nursery Stock Definitions for the Purposes of Headings 06.01 and 06.02.
  • Memorandum D15-2-8 Refined Sugar - Application of Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duty
  • CBSA Form BSF722 Changing bonded status for existing CBSA carriers
  • CBSA Form BSF728 Electronic export reporting of controlled goods process
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2014 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2014 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA Update: Food Safety Guidance Documents. Good Importing Practices for Food
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: Chapter 11 - United States, Chapter 10 - Importation of Inedible Meat Products
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2013-005 Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Plate from Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, Indonesia, Italy, Japan and the Republic of Korea. Notice of commencement.
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2013-004 Circular copper tube from Brazil, Greece, China, Korea and Mexico. Reasons
  • CITT Expiry No. LE-2013-002 Mattress Innerspring Units from China
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2013-002 Hot-rolled carbon steel plate and high-strength low-alloy steel plate from the Republic of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Romania. Reasons
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2009-024 Tax paid on diesel fuel used to generate electricity
  • Articles of Cheese Subject to an In-Quota Rate of Duty. International Trade Administration Quarterly Update to Annual Listing of Foreign Government Subsidies
  • Industry Approved Paper and Paper-Based Packaging Program Takes Effect. Manufacturers and importers will pays assessment on specified goods.


January 17, 2014

Review of anti-dumping duty rates on copper pipe fittings. Re-investigation of values, export prices and amounts of subsidy of fittings from the U.S., Korea and China. More...

Global air cargo increased 6% in November. Performance is an additional improvement on the 4.4% expansion recorded in October. More...

Surge in grain shipments ends Seaway's slow year on a good note. Despite the December cold snap a total of 4.4 million tonnes of cargo moved through the Seaway. More...

Material or technical help given to a supplier must be added to the value for duty. Engineering and design work undertaken in Canada are not regarded as dutiable assists. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Copper Pipe Fittings from the U.S., Korea and China. Re-investigation of normal values, export prices and amounts of subsidy.
  • Customs Notice CN13-024 Electronic Export Reporting of Controlled Goods Process
  • Memorandum D10-14-36 Tariff Classification Policy on Ratchet Drives
  • Memorandum D13-4-9 Royalties and Licence Fees
  • Memorandum D13-3-13 Customs Valuation: Interest Charges for Deferred Payment for Imported Goods
  • FAST - Commercial Driver Program Participant's Guide
  • FAST - Commercial Driver Program Information and Application Form
  • NEXUS Membership Guide
  • CBSA BSF5084 NEXUS: Information and Application Form
  • CRA Guide RC4070 Guide for Canadian Small Businesses
  • CRA Form GST532 Agreement and Revocation of an Agreement Between Supplier and Constructive Importer
  • EICS Message: Softwood Lumber quota for February 2014
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2014 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2014 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA - Import of meat and meat products originating from Australia
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: MHD 2013-56 Chapter 11 - section 11.7.3 Honduras
  • CFIA Hong Kong - Certification Requirements - fish and seafood products.
  • Energy Efficiency Regulations - Amending to permit a form of incandescent halogen bulb
  • European Union Customs Manual on Counterfeit and piracy
  • U.S. CBP Quota Bulletins: QB 14-127 Results Specialty Sugar Period 3
  • CBP in the Port of Sault Ste. Marie Announces Lane Improvements to Increase Capacity
  • U.S. Import of Certain Worsted Wool Fabrics for Calendar Year 2014


January 10, 2014

Tribunal maintains duties on dumped steel plate from 3 countries. Anti-dumping duties apply to steel plate from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Romania. More...

Reminder: End of preferential tariff on goods from 72 countries in a little less than a year. Changes to the GPT will become effective in respect of goods imported on or after January 1, 2015. More...

Trade deficit increases as imports edge up slightly in November. Canada's trade deficit with the world went from $908 million in October to $940 million in November. More...

Pre-inspection of goods in Canada: U.S. Customs satisfied with test results. The truck cargo pre-inspection pilot began in June at the Pacific Highway border crossing. More...

Trade between developing countries continues to increase. The share of South-South trade in total world exports has doubled over the last 20 years, to over 25%. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D13-4-3 Customs Valuation: Price Paid or Payable (Customs Act, Section 48).
  • Customs Notice 14-001 Release of Canadian Automated Export Declaration (CAED) Version 2014
  • Allocation Method Order (2014) - Softwood Lumber Products
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2014 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2014 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA - Removing grade verification for US grown onions imported from the United States
  • CFIA - Kuwait - Export Information - Fish and seafood products exported to Kuwait
  • CFIA - Guideline for the Importation of Unlicensed Veterinary Biologics Manufactured in a Foreign Country
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2012-073 Value for duty of footwear of various styles
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2012-066 Tariff classification of a sink
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2013-002 Steel plate from the Republic of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Romania. CBSA will continue to impose anti-dumping duties
  • U.S. CBP Announces New NEXUS Lane Hours at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge for U.S. bound traffic
  • U.S. CBP Quota Bulletins: QB 14-125 Dairy Products Results
  • U.S. CBP C-TPAT Alert: South Africa - Risk of Pilferage/Cargo Manipulation
  • USITC Official Harmonized Tariff Schedule 2014
  • U.S. Census Bureau Schedule B export codes 2014


January 3, 2014

North American Free Trade Agreement turns twenty. The Agreement creating the largest free trade region in the world came into effect on January 1, 1994. More...

Ports of Montreal and Quebec award gold-headed canes. Port authorities' traditional awards go to the first ships to sail up the Saint-Lawrence river. More...

Negotiating and implementing trade agreements kept Ottawa busy in 2013. The crown jewel of this activity is the historic Canada-European Union trade agreement. More...

Canada and U.S. take stock of mutual border fees, will analyze impact. Canada collects $34 million annually in border fees while the United States collects $230 million. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Liquid dielectric transformers from Korea - Notice of Re-consideration of Final Determination
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • USDA - FSIS Roaster Chicken Definition Update. Definition and standard of identity for the "roaster" chicken class
  • U.S. CBP Quota Bulletins:
    - QB 14-124 Tariff Rate Quota Milk or Cream, Condensed or Evaporated
    - QB 14-123 Dairy Tariff Rate Quota


December 27, 2013

EU - U.S. free trade negotiations progressed last week. Third round marks the conclusion of the initial phase of the negotiations. More...

Dumping of structural tubing: Tribunal clears South Africa, maintains Korea, Turkey. Tribunal was reviewing its 2003 finding concerning dumping of tubing from 3 countries. More...

List of CBSA Holidays and maintenance outages for the next year. The Canada Border Services Agency official Holidays and EDI system maintenance dates for 2014. More...

Court orders Customs to re-consider dumping determination on Korean transformers. Reviewing October 2012 decision that liquid dielectric transformers from Korea were dumped. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Liquid dielectric transformers from Korea - Notice of Re-consideration of Final Determination
  • CBSA - SIMA - Unitized Wall Modules from China - Notice of Re-investigation to update the normal values and export prices
  • EICS Bulletin - Changes to commodity codes for yogurt in 2014
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • Appendix 1 of CFIA Directive D-94-22 entitled "List of pine shoot beetle infested areas in Canada and the United States" has been updated
  • Appendix 2 of CFIA Directive D-02-12 entitled " List of Tropical Lumber Species that are Exempted from Treatment" has been updated
  • Guide to Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2013-001 Structural tubing from the Republic of Korea, the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Turkey. Orders and reasons issued
  • USITC: Probable Economic Effects of Proposed Modifications to NAFTA Rules of Origin
  • U.S. FDA proposes new food defense rule


December 20, 2013

Reminder: Blanket certificates of origin need to be renewed for 2014. Most blanket certificates are filled-out to expire on December 31 and have to be renewed. More...

Tribunal finds dumping of copper tube from five countries threatens domestic industry. Goods from Brazil, China, Greece, Korea and Mexico will be subject to anti-dumping duties. More...

Customs consults on changes to NEXUS, CANPASS and FAST programs. The good character provision will be removed and replaced with eligibility criteria. More...

Large drug seizure in 40-foot container from Russia. Drug was concealed in bricks affixed to the roof of a refrigerated container carrying a load of food products. More...

European Union to standardize penalties for customs violations. Member States currently apply different types and levels of sanctions. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Greenhouse Bell Peppers from the Netherlands. Conclusion of Re-investigation of the normal values and export prices
  • Customs Tariff - 2014
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • Notice to Exporters Serial No. 189, December 10, 2013 Softwood Lumber Exports to the United States: 2014 Export Allocation Methodologies
  • CFIA Paperless Certification System for Meat imported to Canada from New Zealand and Australia
  • CFIA Export information (China) fish and seafood products
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2013-004 Circular copper tube from Brazil, Greece, China, Korea and Mexico. Injury decision
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2012-060 Classification of assembled bicycle rims, spokes and hubs, with no tubes or tires
  • U.S. CBP - FAST Lane Requirements at Land Border POE - Reminder as to the importance of adhering to all FAST lane requirements
  • U.S. CBP Form 339C Commercial Vehicle Annual User Fee Application


December 13, 2013

WTO reaches landmark agreement on trade facilitation. New agreement will introduce binding customs rules for all WTO members. More...

Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations will extend into next year. Singapore meeting identified potential outcomes for key outstanding areas. More...

Visitors to Canada may soon require electronic pre-authorization. Except for U.S. citizens, foreign nationals would have to apply for an electronic travel authorization. More...

Tribunal maintains anti-dumping duty on Thermoelectric containers from China. A resumption of the dumping and subsidizing would result in injury to Canadian industry. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice CN13-022 Proposed Regulatory Amendments to the Customs Sufferance Warehouses Regulations - Annual Licence Fee Removal
  • Milk Protein Substances Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) Quantities Available Immediately.
  • Softwood Lumber Exports to U.S. - The prevailing monthly price for January 2014 exceeds US$ 355.
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA Import Requirements for Handicrafts, Decorative and Festive Wood Items
  • CFIA: Certificate of Origin for the Export of Fish and Fish Products for Human Consumption from Canada to Kuwait
  • Industry Guidance - "Danger to Human Health or Safety" Posed by Consumer Products
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2012-004 Thermoelectric containers from China. Tribunal continues its finding
  • WCO Classification Decisions of the Harmonized System Committee - Rulings, Amendments to Explanatory Notes and to Compendium
  • EU Regulation concerning customs enforcement of intellectual property rights. (From 1 January 2014)
  • European Commission Intellectual Property Rights eLearning course
  • European Union removes customs duties on Jet fuel imports as from 1 January 2014
  • APHIS Finalizes Bovine Import Regulations in Line with International Animal Health Standards


December 6, 2013

Bill to prevent imports of counterfeit goods is back in the House of Commons. New law would give border officers the authority to detain suspected shipments. More...

Drop in imports almost eliminated Canada's trade deficit in October. Merchandise imports declined 1.2% in October, while exports decreased 0.3%. More...

Worldwide air freight was up 4 percent in October. Air freight markets respond to better economic confidence and improved consumer demand. More...

CBSA sets revised values for mattress innerspring units from China. New normal values could result in additional assessments of anti-dumping duty. More...

Canada ratifies revised WTO government procurement agreement. The aim of the Agreement is to open up government procurement markets to international competition. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • New NEXUS lanes at Lacolle border crossing in Quebec and at the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel in Ontario
  • Customs Notice 13-021 Amendment to the Departmental Consolidation of the Customs Tariff
  • Tariff Amendment T2013-4
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Mattress Innerspring Units from China. Conclusion of Re-investigation of normal values and export prices
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Copper Tube from Brazil, Greece, China, Korea and Mexico - Reasons
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain stainless steel sinks from China. Re-investigation to update normal values, export prices and amounts of subsidy
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Steel Plate from Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, Indonesia, Italy, Japan and the Republic of Korea. Extension of Investigation
  • Excise Duty Memorandum EDM4-1-1 Producers and Packagers of Wine
  • Canada Tightens Sanctions Against North Korea
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • Veterinary Biologics Memorandum 2013-03: Bilingual labelling of veterinary biologics
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2013-003 Silicon Metal from China. Reasons issued
  • U.S. EPA Electronic Reporting under the Toxic Substances Control Act
  • U.S. APHIS: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Importation of Bovines and Bovine Products
  • U.S. CPSC Uses Pilot Risk Assessment Tool to Strengthen Import Safety Program


November 29, 2013

Ottawa realigns foreign trade strategy. New plan will target specific foreign markets and develop exports of SME sector. More...

WTO rules against Canada on EU ban of seal products. Ministers of International Trade and of the Environment say Canada will appeal the Panel's decision. More...

Canada also trying diplomatic solution to U.S. meat labeling issue. Agriculture Minister meets with members of the U.S. Congress and the Secretary of Agriculture. More...

Trans-Pacific trade negotiations progress prior to December Ministers' meeting. Last week's meeting narrowed the number of issues to be addressed by TPP Ministers. More...

Introduction of user fees in defence trade controls program. A cost recovery approach is required to sustain the program, beginning April 1, 2015. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D15-2-64 Certain Carbon Steel Welded Pipe Originating In or Exported From Chinese Taipei, the Republic of India, the Sultanate of Oman, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, the Republic of Turkey and the United Arab Emirates
  • NEXUS News. This official NEXUS Newsletter provides members with up-to-date information including new program enhancements.
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA - Deregulation of soybean cyst nematode.
  • CFIA Directive D-08-04 Plant protection import requirements for plants and plant parts for planting
  • CFIA Directive D- 94-26 Phytosanitary import requirements for root crops (other than ginseng or potato), mushrooms, and vegetables with attached roots for consumption or processing
  • CFIA Directive D-95-03 Plant protection policy for marine vessels arriving in Canada from areas for Asian Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar, Lymantria albescens, Lymantria postalba, Lymantria umbrosa)
  • CFIA Directive D- 96-05 Phytosanitary requirements for the importation and domestic movement of non-propagative potatoes (Solanum tuberosum) and related potato articles, including associated soil
  • CFIA Directive D- 98-01 Import Requirements for Seed Potatoes and Other Potato Propagative Material
  • Appendix 1 of CFIA Directive D-98-09 entitled "List of North American Gypsy Moth Infested or Suspected Infested Areas of Canada and the United States"
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2013-002 Unitized wall modules from China. Reasons issued
  • WTO issues panel reports on EU measures on seal products
  • Information for business involved in trade with Russia on Russian measures affecting TIR movements
  • U.S. CBP: Resumption of Operations at Milltown Port. Calais, Maine


November 22, 2013

Canada-Japan free trade negotiations keep progressing. A fourth round of negotiations was concluded in Ottawa last week. More...

Reminder: Blanket certificates of origin need to be renewed for 2014. Most blanket certificates are filled-out to expire on December 31 and have to be renewed. More...

CBSA determines that copper tube from five countries is dumped, subsidized. The Tribunal is continuing its inquiry into the question of injury to the domestic industry. More...

Tribunal finds dumping of silicon metal from China threatens domestic industry. Anti-dumping and countervailing duty will apply from November 19, 2013. More...

New assessment on U.S. imports of paper and paper-based packaging. New promotion program will be financed by an assessment on U.S. importers and manufacturers. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA: 10 Things Highway Carriers Need to Know About eManifest.
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Copper Tube from Brazil, Greece, China, Korea and Mexico - Final determinations of dumping and subsidizing
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Greenhouse Bell Peppers from the Netherlands. Re-investigation of the normal values and export prices
  • Memorandum D15-2-63 Certain Steel Piling Pipe Originating In or Exported From the People's Republic of China
  • Memorandum D15-2-65 Certain Liquid Dielectric Transformers Originating In or Exported From the Republic of Korea
  • Excise and GST/HST Rulings and Interpretations Service
  • Notice to Importers No. 838 - Chicken and Chicken Products for 2014
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA - Update to List of Pests Regulated by Canada - invasive plants
  • CFIA Directive D-03-14 Canadian Hay Certification Program to certify hay for export. Revised to include the phytosanitary import requirements of China
  • Canada aligns tire safety regulations with those of the United States.
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2013-003 Silicon Metal from China. Tribunal finds that the dumping and subsidizing threatening to cause injury to the domestic industry.
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2013-003 Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Plate from Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, Indonesia, Italy, Japan and Korea. Reasons
  • U.S. FDA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals
  • U.S. FDA Procedures for the Safe and Sanitary Processing and Importing of Fish and Fishery Products
  • U.S. CPSC: Voluntary Remedial Actions and Guidelines for Voluntary Recall Notices.
  • U.S. CBP - Delay of Test Concerning Manifesting and Entry of Residue found in Instruments of International Traffic


November 15, 2013

Increased exports and stable imports reduced trade deficit in September. Exports grew 1.8%, narrowing the trade deficit from $1.1 billion in August to $435 million. More...

Tribunal finds dumping of wall modules from China threatens domestic industry. Anti-dumping and countervailing duty will apply from November 12, 2013. More...

Ottawa proposes to ease certain exports of dual-use goods and technology. New general export permit would replace individual export permits. More...

Canadian and U.S. officials meet to discuss progress on the new Windsor-Detroit bridge. Canada and Michigan have undertaken design, planning, and due diligence work. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CRA Form E681 Excise Act 2001 Refund Claim on Exported Tobacco Products
  • CRA Form B278-1 Softwood Lumber Products Export Charge - Third Country Adjustment
  • EICS Message - Softwood Lumber quota for December 201
  • DFATD: Proposed Regulation: General Export Permit No. 41 - Dual-use Goods and Technology to Certain Destinations
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA - Fish & Seafood website update
  • CFIA Fish Inspection Forms 5588 and 5608
  • CFIA Wood Packaging Material Requirements to the United States
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2013-002 Unitized wall modules from China. Findings
  • WCO Secretary General welcomes the EU's new regulation on portable musical instruments
  • U.S. APHIS - Changes to Established Plant Pests for Action at Ports of Entry
  • USDA - Transit Permit Clarification - Policies and Procedures. Plants and plant products.
  • FDA takes step to further reduce trans fats in processed foods. Trans fat not "generally recognized as safe" for use in food.


November 8, 2013

Canada and Honduras ratify free trade agreement. Agreement will come into force following approval by each country's legislative bodies. More...

Dumping of steel plate from 7 countries causing injury to Canadian industry. Anti-dumping duties could soon be applicable to the goods under investigation. More...

China imposes anti-dumping duty on Canadian wood pulp. Canadian exporters face duties of 13%, while U.S. exporters are looking at 20%. More...

Trans-Pacific free trade negotiations continue through November. Appointed negotiators from the participating countries are expected to progress on technical issues. More...

Federal government studying counterfeit and pirated goods market. Ottawa wants to accurately estimate the size of the market for counterfeit and pirated goods. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Silicon Metal from China - Final determinations of dumping and subsidizing - Reasons
  • Excise Duty Memorandum EDM3-1-2 Licensed Users
  • Notice to Importers No. 848 - Eggs and Egg Products for 2014
  • Notice to Importers No. 846 - Beef and Veal for 2014
  • Notice to Importers No. 845 - Turkey and Turkey Produc ts for 2014
  • Notice to Importers No. 844 - Broiler Hatching Eggs and Chicks.
  • Notice to Importers No. 843 - Products of Natural Milk Con stituents for 2014
  • Notice to Importers No. 842 - Yogurt for 2014
  • Notice to Importers No. 841 - Ice Cream and Ice Cream No velties for 2014
  • Notice to Exporters No. 184 - Peanut Butter for Export to the United States
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • Allocation Method Order (Beef and Veal) — Order Amending. Export and Import Permits Act
  • CFIA Update - Enhanced Inspection List - Farmed fish and fish products imported from Vietnam
  • CFIA - Publication of the Invasive Plants Policy Directive D-12-01
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2012-023 Classification of lighters
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2013-003 Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Plate from Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, Indonesia, Italy, Japan and the Republic of Korea. Tribunal finds dumping causing injury to the domestic industry.
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2013-003 Aluminum Extrusions from China. Expiry review of findings. Revised notice.
  • U.S. FDA Releases Draft Risk Profile on Pathogens and Filth in Spices, Takes Steps to Strengthen Spice Safety
  • USDA - APHIS Finalizes Bovine Import Regulations in Line with International Animal Health Standards


November 1, 2013

Global air freight growth stabilized in September. Although growth is slow, overall air cargo volumes are at a 25-month high. More...

CN reaches tentative labour contract with conductors' union. Agreement removes strike threat by conductors, trainpersons, yardpersons and traffic coordinators. More...

A practical guide for international commercial negotiations. The International Chamber of Commerce publishes a clear and concise guidance for traders. More...

Ottawa releases a few more details on the Canada-EU trade agreement. Useful information on duty rate reductions per industry sector, and hints on rules of origin. More...

Europe and Japan report progress in their free trade negotiations. Both sides aim at concluding an ambitious agreement on liberalisation of trade in goods and other issues. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Unitized wall modules from China. Final Determinations - Statement of Reasons
  • Wild Horse port of entry winter hours begin Nov 1
  • Canada-Europe Trade Agreement - Technical Summary of the Final Negotiated Outcomes
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA Directive D-12-01 Phytosanitary requirements to prevent the introduction of plants regulated as pests in Canada
  • EU Customs: Commission publishes the 2014 version of the Combined Nomenclature
  • CBP Announces Winter Border Crossings Hours of Operations. Churubusco and Cannons Corners
  • U.S. CBP Quota Bulletin QB 14-107-2014 Results of Sugar Opening-Tranche Two
  • U.S. CBP Information Notice to the Trade regarding Deployment A of Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)
  • Citric Acid and Certain Citrate Salts from Canada. Antidumping Duty Administrative Review


October 25, 2013

Customs delays mandatory eManifest for highway and rail carriers. eManifest will not be mandatory in fall 2013 due to timelines associated with regulatory processes. More...

CBSA determines that silicon metal from China is dumped and subsidized. The Tribunal is continuing its inquiry into the question of injury to the domestic industry. More...

Canada-EU free trade agreement: Going ahead but no details yet. Agreement will remove over 99% of customs duties between the two economies when finalized. More...

India now has to step up to finalize trade agreement with Canada. Process is now at the point where some crucial political decisions will have to be taken. More...

Reinvestigation of values, subsidies on steel fasteners from China and Taiwan. Revised amounts could change amounts of anti-dumping and countervailing duty. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA eManifest implementation update. eManifest requirements for highway and rail carriers will not be mandatory in fall 2013
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Silicon Metal from China - Final determinations of dumping and subsidizing
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain carbon steel fasteners from China and Chinese Taipei - Re-investigation of normal values, amounts of subsidy
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Aluminum Extrusions from China - Expiry Review Decision: Reasons
  • CBSA Guide BSF5030 Members' Guide to the canpass Air Program
  • B253-2 Softwood Lumber Products Export Charge - Registration Supplement - Multiple Regions or Mills
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA - Changes to Protocol to Receive Partially Completed Certificates - Fish & Seafood Certificates Guidelines
  • WTO releases annual package of trade and tariff data
  • U.S. Safety Standard for Bassinets and Cradles
  • U.S. CBP Quota Bulletin QB 14-106 - 2014 Refined Sugar
  • U.S. CBP Quota Bulletin QB 14-104-2014 Raw Sugar Cane Allocations
  • Filing Changes Affecting Import and Export of Fish and Crustaceans
  • Commerically Importing and Exporting Jewelry Made with Wildlife


October 18, 2013

Canada and the European Union ready to sign free trade agreement. After four years of negotiations the two sides are about to finalize a groundbreaking agreement. More...

Blanket certificates of origin need to be renewed for 2014. Most blanket certificates are filled-out to expire on December 31 and have to be renewed. More...

CBSA determines that wall modules from China are dumped and subsidized. The Tribunal is continuing its inquiry into the question of injury to the domestic industry. More...

CN labour talks break down, strike or lockout now a possibility. There could be a strike or a lockout on October 29, at the end of a mandatory "cooling off" period. More...

Would global rules of origin help world trade? WTO members are divided on way forward for rules of origin. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Unitized wall modules from China. President of the Canada Border Services Agency issues final determinations of dumping and subsidizing
  • CRA Form B279 Softwood Lumber Products Surge Charge Return
  • CRA Form RC4445 T4A-NR - Payments to Non-Residents for Services Provided in Canada
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports - Updated 2013-10-16
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated 2013-10-16
  • EICS Message - Softwood Lumber quota for November 2013


October 11, 2013

Canada and Korea will restart stalled free trade negotiations. Talks between the two countries have been stalled over a number of issues since 2008. More...

Trade deficit up in August as Canada's imports grew faster than exports. Country's trade deficit raises to $1.3 billion in August, from $1.2 billion in July. More...

Pilot project on APEC Business Travel Card system. New card will allow travelers to clear customs at dedicated APEC booths in destination countries. More...

Trans-Pacific trade negotiations advance, despite President Obama's absence. Several officials are increasingly suggesting that the talks could drag on until 2014. More...

Canada-Japan free trade talks will resume in Ottawa in November. Canada is notably seeking the elimination of Japan's tariffs across a broad range of sectors. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Message from CBSA re: Barley Products Tariff Rate Quota
  • Message from CBSA re: Wheat Products Tariff Rate Quota
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Aluminum Extrusions from China - Expiry of the order is likely to result in the resumption of dumping
  • Memorandum D13-4-10 Discounts
  • Memorandum D19-7-1 Interpretation of the WAPPRIITA and the CITES
  • Excise Duty Notice EDN34 Notice to all Tobacco Manufacturers - Prescribed Brands of Tobacco Products
  • Excise Duty Memorandum EDM8-1-1 Excise Warehouses
  • General Preferential Tariff Withdrawal Order (2013 GPT Review)
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA: Importation of ash (Fraxinus spp.) regulated articles from the state of Colorado
  • CFIA Directive D-94-28: Repealed - Blueberry plants from Australia
  • Minimum energy performance standards for general service lighting (light bulbs) now pre-published
  • CITT Appeals No. AP-2012-047 Certain Carbon Steel Welded Pipe. Whether the goods qualify for exclusion from finding of injury to the domestic industry


October 4, 2013

Canada suspends free trade negotiations with Ukraine. Canada ends three years of negotiations toward the conclusion of a free trade agreement. More...

CBSA finds dumping would resume if duties expired on aluminum extrusions. Tribunal will now determine whether the expiry is likely to result in injury to Canadian industry. More...

Tribunal ends anti-dumping duties on bicycles. This ends one of Canada's oldest ongoing anti-dumping measures which goes back to 1992. More...

Canada Eases Sanctions Against Libya. Suppliers of certain equipment will no longer be required to obtain prior approval for exports to Libya. More...

Canada - Chile free trade agreement now includes financial services. Original FTA covered trade in goods and services but did not include financial services. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Bicycles from Chinese Taipei and the People's Republic of China. Notice of Rescission Order
  • Wheat Products Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ). Tariff rate quota will be filled on October 25, 2013
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • Canada Eases Sanctions Against Libya
  • Canada Expands and Modernizes Free Trade Agreement with Chile
  • CFIA: Importation of ash (Fraxinus spp.) regulated articles from Georgia, US
  • CFIA Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) Quarterly report. 2013 - April to June
  • CITT Interim Reviews Nos. RD-2013-001 and RD-2013-002. Bicycles. Tribunal rescinds its order
  • U.S. CBP Information Regarding Government Shutdown
  • Update on USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Operations - Government shutdown
  • U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service Constituent Update Special Alert - Government shutdown
  • U.S. CBP Quota Bulletin QB 14-103 - 2014 Refined Sugar Tariff Rate
  • U.S. EPA Takes Steps to Restrict Imports of Harmful Category of Chemicals used in Carpets
  • Blueberries: Increase in U.S. assessments collected from domestic producers and importers


September 27, 2013

WTO sets up compliance panel over U.S. meat labelling rules. Canada is seeking permission from the WTO to apply retaliatory measures against the U.S. More...

Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations continue to progress. Negotiators made advances on several issues during Washington round last week. More...

Canadian railways saw a drop in total freight carried in July. Freight from the U.S. hit record high for the month but domestic traffic fell more than 3%. More...

Canada joins European aircraft inspection program. The program enables participating countries to share aircraft inspection results. More...

Negotiations on an International Services Agreement are progressing. A round of talks took place at the World Trade Organization in Geneva last week. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Greenhouse Bell Peppers from the Netherlands. Re-investigation of values and prices
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Steel Plate from Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, Indonesia, Italy, Japan and the Republic of Korea. Reasons
  • Memorandum D13-3-3 Transportation and Associated Costs
  • Customs Notice CN13-020 Marine Mode Carrier Codes - Transition Period Extension
  • CRA Form B253-1 Softwood Lumber Products Export Charge - Independent Remanufacturer Registration Supplement
  • DFATD Information Update: US Export Control Reform
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • Schedule to the Import and Export of Rough Diamonds Act - Kimberley Process Certification Scheme
  • CFIA: Importing Frozen shucked Oysters from Korea
  • CFIA Directive D- 99-01 Barley, Oats, Rye, Triticale and Wheat - Phytosanitary Requirements on Import, Transshipped, In-Transit and Domestic Movement
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2013-003 Silicon Metal from China. Revised Notice of commencement
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2012-038 Whether aluminum parts for use as columns and rails for sliding door are subject to dumping duties.
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2012-057 Classification of sun shelters.
  • EU report on additional labelling of textile and leather products
  • USDA Country of Origin Labeling - meat muscle cuts


September 20, 2013

WTO forecasts gradual recovery in coming months despite cut in trade forecasts. World trade growth for 2013 is now forecast to be at 2.5%, down from the 3.3% forecast in April. More...

U.S. group proposes new assessment on imports of paper and paper-based packaging. Promotion program would be financed by an assessment on U.S. importers and manufacturers. More...

Russia joins WTO's Information Technology Agreement. Russia undertook to reduce tariffs on information technology products from 5.4 per cent to zero. More...

End of preferential tariff on goods from 72 countries in a little more than a year. Changes to the GPT will become effective in respect of goods imported on or after January 1, 2015. More...

Barley Products tariff rate quota will be filled on October 11, 2013. The "over access commitment" rates of duty will be applicable until July 31, 2014. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice CN13-019 Additional Eligibility Requirements for the Courier Low Value Shipment (LVS) Program
  • Memorandum D8-3-16 Instructions Pertaining to the Systems Software Development Contract Remission Order
  • Memorandum D13-3-10 Goods Imported in Split Shipments
  • Memorandum D21-4-1 Joint Canada-United States Projects
  • E60 Tobacco Products Export Form
  • EDM10-1-8 Completing an Excise Duty Return - Tobacco Licensee
  • Excise Taxes and Special Levies Memorandum X6.3 Objections and Appeals
  • Notice to Importers/Exporters SER-837 Items 183 to 191 - Barley Products
  • CFIA Directive D- 99-07 Policy for Importation from the United States and Domestic Movement of Plum Pox Virus (PPV) susceptible Prunus Propagative Plant Material
  • Health Canada Industry Guide to Children's Jewellery.
  • Health Canada Industry Guide to Notices of Violation and Administrative Monetary Penalties under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act
  • U.S. FTC Proposes Changes to Wool Products Labeling Rules
  • U.S. DOC Applications for 2014 Wool Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) Licenses are now available
  • U.S. 2014 WTO Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Raw Cane Sugar
  • New U.S. Assessment Proposed on Imports of Paper and Paper-Based Packaging


September 13, 2013

Ottawa starts an investigation into the dumping of steel plate from 7 countries. The investigation follows a complaint filed by a manufacturer from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. More...

Canada and the United States report on integrated cargo security strategy. The goal is to significantly streamline the flow of trade crossing the common border. More...

New code will further harmonize customs procedures throughout the European Union. It will offer greater legal certainty to businesses, and increase clarity for customs. More...

Several issue-specific meetings scheduled to advance Trans-Pacific trade deal. Main negotiators will also be meeting in Washington in September and in Bali in October. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Steel Plate from Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, Indonesia, Italy, Japan and the Republic of Korea. Initiation of Investigation
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Plate from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Romania - Reasons
  • Memorandum D3-6-7 Rail Cargo In-transit Movements
  • Memorandum D8-2-21 Instructions Pertaining to the Aircraft (International Service) Remission Order
  • Memorandum D13-4-7 Adjustments to the Price Paid or Payable
  • Memorandum D17-1-2 Reporting and Accounting for Low Value Commercial Goods (Not Exceeding CAD$2,500)
  • CRA Form B253 Softwood Lumber Products Export Charge - Registration Form
  • CRA Form B278 Softwood Lumber Products Export Charge - Application for Refund
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CITT Appeal Nos. AP-2012-039, AP-2012-050 and AP-2012-059 Whether aluminum balusters are subject to anti-dumping and countervailing duties
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2013-003 Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Plate from Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, Indonesia, Italy, Japan and the Republic of Korea
  • U.S. EPA Web Tool Expands Access to Scientific, Regulatory Information on Chemicals
  • Significant New Use Rule on Certain Chemical Substances


September 6, 2013

Canada's trade deficit doubles in July, climbing to over $900 million. Merchandise imports grew 0.6 percent while exports declined 0.6 percent. More...

Port Metro Vancouver to get two new container examination facilities. Federal investment will improve marine container inspection capacity and efficiency. More...

Global air cargo continued timid recovery in July. Growth in Europe and the Middle East offset weakness in Asia and North America. More...

U.S. and Canada invite public views on next phase of regulatory cooperation. Lack of alignment between regulations creates costly duplications for manufacturers. More...

New WTO Director-General begins his term. Roberto Azevêdo of Brazil takes the helm of the World Trade Organization. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Silicon Metal from China - Notice of Extension of Investigations
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Copper Tube from Brazil, Greece, China, Korea and Mexico - Statement of Reasons
  • CBSA Integrated Cargo Security Strategy
  • Memorandum D19-6-1 Administration of the Explosives Act
  • eManifest information sessions at ports of entry
  • Excise Duty Memorandum EDM8-1-2 Special Excise Warehouses
  • Improvements to foreign trade zone programs
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA: Master Carton Labelling Requirements of Imported Fish products
  • CFIA User Fee Proposal: Importer Licensing for the Non-Federally Registered Sector. Stakeholder Comments
  • CFIA: Importation of ash (Fraxinus spp.) regulated articles from North Carolina, U.S.
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2013-001 Galvanized steel wire from China, Israel and Spain
  • USDA Implementation of Risk-based Sampling at Plant Inspection Stations Begins October 1, 2013


August 30, 2013

Canada and Turkey will resume free trade exploratory talks. Ministers from both countries meet and express support for the conclusion of exploratory talks. More...

Improvements to foreign trade zone programs. Measures will reduce red tape, cut costs and improve access to existing programs. More...

OECD reports merchandise trade decreased in second quarter of 2013. Imports and exports in G7 and BRICS countries decreased by 1.4% and 1.8%, respectively. More...

Rail traffic from the U.S. to Canada up almost 2% in June. Loadings of non-intermodal and intermodal freight within Canada decreased 4.2%. More...

Dumping would resume if duties were removed from steel plate from 3 countries: CBSA. Anti-dumping duties currently apply to steel plate from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Romania. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Plate from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Romania - Expiry of the order is likely to result in the continuation of dumping
  • CBSA - SIMA - Structural tubing from Korea, South Africa and Turkey. Expiry Review Decision - Statement of Reasons
  • Memorandum D13-3-14 Quota Payments
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • U.S. CBP - Manifesting and Entry of Residue Found in Instruments of International Traffic
  • U.S. CPSC Adjusted Customs Value for Cigarette Lighters. Requirements for child resistance.
  • U.S. List of Foreign Government Subsidies on Cheese Subject to an In-Quota Rate of Duty


August 23, 2013

Copper tube from five countries now subject to provisional duties. Tribunal will conduct a final inquiry to determine if the dumping and subsidizing are causing damage to Canadian producers. More...

U.S. puts forward TPP tobacco proposal to prevent overriding of health measures. Would preserve countries' ability to regulate tobacco through public health measures. More...

Canada returns to WTO over U.S. meat labelling rules. Ottawa will ask permission from the WTO to apply retaliatory measures against the U.S. More...

Dumping of steel wire from three countries not injuring Canadian industry. Steel wire from China, Israel and Spain will not be subject to anti-dumping duty. More...

eManifest webinar presentations continue through September and October. Each presentation is hosted by a CBSA representative and followed by a question and answer period. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Copper Tube from Brazil, Greece, China, Korea and Mexico. Provisional duties will now be payable
  • CBSA eManifest Portal Demonstration. Several dates added
  • Memorandum D13-3-7 Engineering, Development Work, etc., Undertaken Elsewhere Than in Canada
  • Memorandum D13-4-1 Transaction Value Method of Valuation
  • Memorandum D13-3-12 Treatment of Assists in the Determination of the Value for Duty
  • Canada requests the establishment of a WTO compliance panel on U.S. Country of Origin Labelling
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA Directive D-94-26 Plant Protection Import Requirements for Edible Roots for Consumption or Processing
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2013-004 Circular copper tube from Brazil, Greece, China, Korea and Mexico. Notice of commencement
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2013-001 Galvanized steel wire from China, Israel and Spain. Dumping and subsidizing have not caused injury
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2012-026 Classification of refrigerator-freezers.
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2012-003 Carbon steel welded pipe from China. The Tribunal continues its finding
  • U.S. FDA announces pilot project regarding drug imports


August 16, 2013

Data from ocean shipments transiting through the U.S. can be made public. The importer or exporter can submit a request for confidential treatment to U.S. Customs. More...

Trade Tribunal will determine if there are still bicycles manufactured in Canada. Anti-dumping duties could be removed if domestic production of bicycles has ceased. More...

Canada and the U.S. request comments on perimeter approach to plant protection. The goal is to facilitate safe trade in plants and plant products and other regulated articles. More...

Peace Bridge U.S.-bound approach to be widened. Additional approach space for U.S.-bound vehicles will allow separating commercial and auto traffic. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Expiry Review - Thermoelectric containers from China. Reasons
  • CBSA - SIMA - Structural tubing from Korea, South Africa and Turkey. Expiry Review Decision
  • Memorandum D13-2-4 Valuation of Goods Imported Into Canada That are Not in Accordance With the Contract
  • Memorandum D19-4-1 Export of Controlled Cultural Property (Cultural Property Export and Import Act)
  • Memorandum D13-3-2 Related Persons
  • Memorandum D13-7-1 Deductive Value Method - Determination of the Price Per Unit
  • Memorandum D13-7-3 Deductive Value Method - Deductions From the Price Per Unit
  • CFIA Request for Comments: The Canada-United States Perimeter Approach to Plant Protection
  • CFIA Food Labelling Modernization.
  • CFIA Directive D- 94-18 Importation of Propagative Material of Ribes spp..
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: MHD 2013-40 Chapter 11 - Section 11.7.3 - South Africa
  • CITT Appeals No. AP-2012-041 and AP-2012-042 Classification of decorative solar-powered garden lights
  • CITT Interim Review Nos. RD-2013-001 and RD-2013-002 Bicycles
  • U.S. CBP: Certain Burmese Rubies, Jadeite and Articles Containing Burmese Rubies or Jadeite are Prohibited from Importation
  • USDA Request for Comments: The Canada-United States Perimeter Approach to Plant Protection


August 9, 2013

Ottawa hires survey company to find out if duty reductions are reflected in consumer prices. Firm will check if recent duty elimination on babies' clothing and sports equipment reached consumers. More...

Export rebound in June reduces Canada's trade deficit. The country's merchandise exports grew 1.4% in June, while imports increased by 0.6%. More...

CBSA says dumping would resume if duties expired on certain structural tubing. Tribunal will now determine whether the expiry is likely to result in injury to Canadian industry. More...

Fraudulent vehicle import scam uses fake CBSA letterhead. Ongoing scam involves the purchase by Internet of luxury vehicles from the United States. More...

Tariff classification advance rulings can provide certainty. An advance ruling ensures that the tariff classification number used is deemed correct by Customs. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 13-018 Mandatory Electronic Notification of Cargo Arrival at Sufferance Warehouses
  • Memorandum D11-4-9 Goods Originating in Mexico, Deemed to be Directly Shipped to Canada for the Purposes of the General Preferential Tariff (GPT)
  • Memorandum D13-4-11 Confirming Commissions and Credit Risk Insurance
  • Memorandum D13-11-6 Determining Value for Duty of Computer Software
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Silicon Metal from China - Preliminary determinations of dumping and subsidizing. Reasons
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Galvanized Steel Wire from China, Israel and Spain. Final determination of dumping. Reasons
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • Farm Products Council of Canada Announces Beef Import Levy
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2013-002 Circular copper tube from Brazil, Greece, China, Korea and Mexico. Reasons issued
  • U.S. FDA Procedures for the Safe and Sanitary Processing and Importing of Fish and Fishery Products
  • U.S. FDA defines "gluten-free" for food labeling
  • U.S. FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Domestic and Foreign Facility Reinspection, Recall, and Importer Reinspection Fee Rates
  • USDA Bulletin: Canada Adds 122 Plant Taxa to its Not Authorized Pending Plant Risk Analysis (NAPPRA) List


August 2, 2013

Global air freight volumes rebound slightly in June. International Air Transport Association numbers show a 1.2% year-on-year expansion in global air freight demand. More...

Freight carried by Canadian railways was up 12.9% in May. Increase in domestic shipments more than offset a decline in traffic received from U.S. connections. More...

Ottawa introduces a new tax on beef imports. A new $1-per-head levy will be applied to imported beef cattle, beef and beef products. More...

CBSA says dumping would resume if duties expired on thermoelectric containers from China. Tribunal will now determine whether the expiry is likely to result in injury to Canadian industry. More...

FDA publishes new rules for imports of food into the United States. Foreign exporters will have to be accredited by U.S.-approved auditors. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Message from CBSA re: Civic Holiday
  • CBSA - SIMA - Unitized wall modules from China. Statement of reasons
  • CBSA - SIMA - Bicycles from Chinese Taipei and China. Notice of Conclusion of Re-investigation of the normal values and export prices
  • CBSA- SIMA - Thermoelectric containers from China. Expiry of the finding is likely to result in the resumption of dumping and subsidizing
  • EICS/EXCOL Bulletin - Civic Holiday 2013
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: China - Russia - European Union
  • CFIA Directive D- 94-25 Plant protection import requirements for ginseng (Panax spp.).
  • EU Customs: a new e-learning course on AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) freely available for download
  • EU Trade deal with Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama becomes operational
  • FDA takes step to help ensure the safety of imported food. Proposed rules for verifying foreign suppliers and accrediting third-party auditors
  • FDA's policy on requests for the importation unapproved finished drugs. Pre-Launch Activities Importation Requests
  • Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Regulation for the 2013 Tariff-Rate Quota Year
  • Assessment of Fees for Dairy Import Licenses for the 2014 Tariff-Rate Import Quota Year
  • United States Standards for Grades of Frozen Vegetables
  • U.S. Commercial Motor Vehicle Marking Requirements. Marking of vehicles and intermodal equipment


July 26, 2013

Negotiators report progress in Trans-Pacific Partnership discussions. Negotiators made progress on several issues during the 18th round in Malaysia. More...

WTO talks on cutting duties on information technology goods have stalled. Negotiations suspended due to differences between China and other WTO members. More...

Silicon metal imports from China now subject to provisional duties. Tribunal will conduct a final inquiry to determine if the dumping and subsidizing are causing damage to Canadian producers. More...

CBSA confirms dumping of galvanized steel wire from China, Israel and Spain. The Trade Tribunal is continuing its inquiry into the question of injury to the domestic industry. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice CN13-017 Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Transforming Client Outreach
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Silicon Metal from China - Preliminary determinations of dumping and subsidizing. Provisional duties now be payable
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Galvanized Steel Wire from China, Israel and Spain. Final determination of dumping
  • Excise Taxes and Special Levies Memoranda X3.1 Goods Subject to Excise Tax
  • Excise Taxes and Special Levies Memoranda X3.2 Liability for Tax
  • International Trade Agreements and Local Government - A Guide For Canadian Municipalities
  • EICS Message - Softwood Lumber quota for August 2013. Export measures will apply from August 1st to 31st
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • CFIA Inspection modernization. The CFIA has developed a single and consistent inspection approach that will be applied to all regulated food
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: China, Russia
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2013-003 Silicon Metal from China. Notice of commencement
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2013-002 Circular copper tube from Brazil, Greece, China, Korea and Mexico
  • FDA's policy on requests for the importation unapproved finished drugs
  • U.S. ITA - Imports of Certain Worsted Wool Fabric - Implementation of Tariff Rate Quota
  • U.S. CBP CSMS# 13-000356 - New Process for Defense Contract Management Agency Entry Summaries


July 19, 2013

Sharing foreign trade data: A Canada-U.S. success story. Since 1990 both countries use each other's import data to compile their export statistics. More...

Ottawa consults on proposed changes to fertilizer import regulations. Proposal intends to align provisions with other relevant pieces of legislation. More...

CBSA re-investigates values and prices of mattress innerspring units from China. New normal values could result in additional assessments of anti-dumping duty. More...

Wheat and barley tariff rate quotas reopen on August 1, 2013. Applies to wheat, barley, wheat products and barley products covered by the Import Control List. More...

Unitized wall modules from China now subject to provisional duties. Tribunal will determine if the dumping and subsidizing have caused injury to Canadian industry. More...

Third round of Canada-Japan FTA negotiations held in Tokyo. Progress was made in a number of key areas, including investment and trade in goods and services. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D13-11-2 Value for Duty of Certain Information-based Products
  • Memorandum D13-4-4 Limitations on the Use of Transaction Value Method
  • Memorandum D13-11-1 Goods Sold in Canada while Entered Temporarily for Convention and Exhibitions
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Mattress Innerspring Units from China. Re-investigation of the normal values and export prices
  • CBSA - SIMA - Unitized wall modules from China. Provisional duties payable on goods released on or after July 15, 2013.
  • CBSA: Importation of Antique Firearms for Historical Re-enactments.
  • Excise Duty Memorandum EDM1-5-1 Rates of Excise Duty
  • Request for removal of duties on corrosion resistant coating specifically formulated for use in the manufacture of mirrors.
  • Wheat, Barley, Wheat Products and Barley Products Tariff Rate Quotas 2013-14 will become accessible August 1, 2013.
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • CFIA - Modernization of the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS)
  • CFIA Consultation: Proposed Changes to Fertilizer Program Administration in Canada
  • Notice with respect to certain phthalate substances. Importers must file report.
  • Phthalates Section 71 Notice Publication and Information Sessions for Selenium and Phthalates - Environment Canada
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2013-002 Unitized wall modules from China. Notice of commencement of inquiry.
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2011-060 Classification of assembled rims, spokes and hubs for bicycles or bicycle wheels.


July 12, 2013

Meat producers from both sides of the border sue over U.S. labelling laws. The lawsuit claims that the COOL amendment violates the U.S. Constitution. More...

Consultations on allowing exports of automatic firearms to Brazil, Chile, Peru and South Korea. Possible addition of 4 countries to the the Automatic Firearms Country Control List. More...

New International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures under study. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is consulting on 8 recently distributed draft ISPMs. More...

Improved agreement will increase air transportation options between Canada and China. Update enhances the ability of airlines in China to offer passenger and all-cargo services. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D11-5-4 Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) Rules of Origin
  • Memorandum D11-5-6 Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) Rules of Origin
  • Excise Duty Memorandum EDM7.1.1 Manufacturers of Tobacco Products
  • Excise Duty Memorandum EDM7.1.2 Tobacco Dealers
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • CFIA Risk Management Directive RMD-12-06 The addition of plant taxa to Canada's list of plants for planting that are not authorized for importation pending completion of a pest risk analysis
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: Japan - United States
  • CFIA - Information for manufacturers and importers of flavour packets.
  • Federal Court of Canada Docket: T-2105-12 Permit request to import into Canada live chicken to be processed and sold with their heads and feet attached.
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2012-022 Classification of hydraulic turbine-driven electric generating sets
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2013-001 Silicon Metal from China. Reasons
  • Lacey Act Implementation Plan; Definitions for Exempt and Regulated Articles. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
  • Definitions for Common Cultivar and Common Food Crop Terms Used in Lacey Act
  • U.S. CBP Prohibitions and Conditions on the Importation and Exportation of Rough Diamonds


July 5, 2013

Reduced imports narrowed Canada's trade deficit in May. Canada's trade deficit with the world decreased from $951 million in April to $303 million in May. More...

Negotiations on an International Services Agreement are progressing. A round of talks took place at the World Trade Organization in Geneva last week. More...

Ottawa finances short sea shipping projects in British Columbia. Providing funding through the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative's Transportation Infrastructure Fund. More...

U.S. to start applying fines on maritime imports not reported before loading. U.S. Customs will start issuing $5,000 fines against importers for non-compliance. More...

Committee says Canada should keep seeking FTA with Turkey. The two countries already discussed their respective interests in pursuing free trade negotiations. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D10-14-63 Tariff Classification of Live Chicks of the Species Gallus Domesticus
  • Customs Notice 13-015 Clarification of the Imported Goods Records Regulations
  • Customs Notice 13-016 Relief for Businesses Directly Impacted by the Floods in Alberta
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • CFIA: Modernization of the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS).
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: - MHD 2013-27 Chapter 11 - Section 11.7.3 - Russia
  • Croatia becomes the 28th Member State of the European Union.
  • U.S. CBP: Inadmissibility of Consumer Products and Industrial Equipment Noncompliant with Applicable Energy Conservation or Labeling Standards.
  • U.S. CBP to start applying fines on maritime imports not reported before loading.
  • Foreign Government Subsidies on Articles of Cheese Subject to an In-Quota Rate of Duty.
  • Agricultural Marketing Service Adjusting Supplemental Assessment on Cotton Imports.


June 28, 2013

Conclusion of eighth round of Canada - India FTA negotiations. A trade agreement with India will eliminate or reduce tariffs, liberalize trade in services. More...

Canadian exporters are gaining confidence. Exporters are more optimistic that world markets will turn a corner in the next six months. More...

Tribunal finds dumping of silicon metal from China hurts Canadian industry. CBSA will continue its investigations and issue a preliminary determination in July. More...

Canadian rail freight traffic up 11% in April. The gain came from growth in shipments of iron ore, coal, petroleum and potash. More...

eManifest webinar presentations continue through July and August. Each presentation is hosted by a CBSA representative and followed by a question and answer period. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D11-5-3 Canada-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement (CCRFTA) Rules of Origin
  • Memorandum D11-5-11 Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement (CPAFTA) Rules of Origin
  • Customs Notice 13-014 Marine Mode Carrier Codes
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Galvanized Steel Wire from China, Israel and Spain. Notice of Undertaking Proposal
  • CBSA eManifest - Several dates added to the eManifest Portal Demonstration webinar
  • Request for the removal of the customs duties on imports steel fibres for use in the manufacture of reinforced concrete structures.
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • CFIA- Fish and Seafood - Exports - Japan - Certification Requirements
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2013-001 Silicon Metal from China. Tribunal determines dumping and subsidizing have caused injury.
  • USDA Proposes to make permitting regulations for plants and plant products easier to follow.


June 21, 2013

U.S. pre-inspection pilot begins at Pacific Highway border crossing. Project assigns CBP officers to Canadian border crossing to pre-inspect southbound trucks. More...

Canada, EU blame each other for stalled free trade talks. As U.S.-EU free trade negotiations begin, deal with Canada could be put on back burner for a time. More...

EU and U.S. start negotiations on trade and investment agreement. The two sides will hold their first round of talks in Washington next month. More...

Ottawa seeks comments on possible trade retaliation action against the U.S. Some U.S. goods may become dutiable in retaliation to meat labelling rules. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CRA Form GST59 GST/HST Return for Imported Taxable Supplies and Qualifying Consideration
  • Notice seeking comments on possible trade retaliation action against the United States
  • Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations - Regulations Amending.
  • Notice to Importers No. 836 - Powdered Whey (Item 125.1 on the Import Control List)
  • Notice to Importers No. 835 - Specialty Creams (Item 117.1 on the Import Control List)
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA - Importing Live And Raw Molluscan Shellfish - Korea
  • Proposed Icewine Regulations. Some icewine import requirements of Canada's trading partners will be eliminated.
  • CFIA Directive D-95-03 Plant protection policy for marine vessels arriving in Canada from areas regulated for Asian Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar, Lymantria albescens, Lymantria postalba, Lymantria umbrosa).
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2012-043 Classification of hydraulic fittings and hose.
  • Classification Decisions taken at the last Session of the Harmonized System CommitteeTreatment Certificate Required to Import Canadian Firewood Into the U.S.
  • U.S. CBP Containerized Cargo Sealing Policy.
  • U.S. CBP C-TPAT Enforcement and Appeal Process - Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism


June 14, 2013

Ottawa wants to know if duty reductions are reflected in consumer prices. Will recent tariff elimination on babies' clothing and sports equipment reach consumers? More...

Some U.S. goods may become dutiable in retaliation to meat labelling rules. Canada returns to the WTO process to request permission to apply retaliatory measures. More...

Remote clearances at Piney and Morses Line to be handled by CBSA Hamilton. Officers already administer phone clearance for small planes and pleasure craft across the country. More...

Global Trade Alert can warn exporters as soon as the rules change. Exporters have an interesting tool to be kept aware of rule changes that could affect their shipments. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice CN13-013 Amendments to the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations.
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Aluminum Extrusions from China - Notice of Expiry Review
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Copper Tube from Brazil, Greece, China, Korea and Mexico - Notice of Initiation of Investigations - Reasons
  • Ministers Fast and Ritz on U.S. Country of Origin Labelling. Possible Trade Retaliation Action Against the United States
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA: Importation of ash (Fraxinus spp.) regulated articles from New Hampshire, US.
  • CFIA Fish & Seafood Export Certification Control Program Reference Standard.
  • CFIA Protocol for Partially Completed Fish & Seafood Certificates Guidelines.
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2012-025 Whether the imported aluminum extrusions are excluded from the Tribunal's finding on dumping and subsidizing.
  • EU Customs: Intellectual Property Rights Regulation.
  • CBP Enters Next Phase of Importer Security Filing. Preparations to enter into the liquidated damages phase next month.
  • Citric Acid and Certain Citrate Salts From Canada: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2011-2012
  • Mandatory Label Information for Wine - U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau


June 7, 2013

WTO talks continue on reducing duties and barriers on information technology goods. Draft final list expected by mid-June, meetings towards finalizing negotiations in July. More...

Tribunal to review expiry of duties on aluminum extrusions from China. Findings are scheduled to expire in March 2014 unless Tribunal decides to maintain them. More...

Record high imports in April put Canada back into trade deficit. Imports rose for a fourth consecutive month to a record high of $40.8 billion. More...

Canada-Chile free trade agreement increased bilateral trade. Canada's exports doubled while imports grew six fold in fifteen years. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA Form BSF691 Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Application for Advance Commercial Information (ACI)
  • CBSA Form BSF692 Authorize/Remove An Agent or Service Provider for Advanced Commercial Information
  • P.C. 2013-0567 Regulations Amending the Determination of Country of Origin for the Purpose of Marking Goods
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2013 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2013 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA: to all importers and brokers of US meat. Automated Shipment Inspection Status Search Tool , or ASISST
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2013-003 Aluminum Extrusions from China. Notice of expiry review of findings.
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2012-006 Unitized wall modules from China. Reasons
  • WCO publishes its INN Table for the purpose of facilitating the classification of these products. (Pharmaceutical substances or active pharmaceutical ingredients).
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection to Open the Final Three Centers of Excellence and Expertise
  • USDA Recently Revised Export Requirements & Plant Lists. Export Requirements for Canada
  • Import and Export of Wildlife at U.S. Customs Ports of Entry in Minnesota


May 31, 2013

Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations keep progressing. Negotiators made progress across the agreement during the 17th round in Lima, Peru. More...

OECD reports improvement in trade growth in the first quarter of 2013. Merchandise imports and exports in G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.3% and 2.8%, respectively. More...

Canadian railways carried 5% more freight in March. Rail freight traffic received from the United States rose 12.1% to 3.6 million tonnes. More...

Global air freight volumes stabilized in April. Growth in emerging markets was strong enough to counterbalance weaknesses in the major aviation regions. More...

Remote traveller processing pilots at two small border crossings. CBSA will run two pilot projects at Piney, Manitoba and Morses Line, Quebec next year. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice CN13-012 Amendments to the Departmental Consolidation of the Customs Tariff. (Protective athletic headgear)
  • Customs Notice CN13-011 Changes to the Administration of the Trade-related Administrative Monetary Penalties.
  • Memorandum D14-1-9 Information Pertaining to the Acceptance, Enforcement, and Renewal of Undertakings in Dumping and Subsidy Investigations.
  • Memorandum D14-1-8 Re-investigation Policy Under the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA).
  • Canada announces Amendments to Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations.
  • CFIA Directive D-06-04 Seed Potato Quality Management Program (SPQMP).
  • CFIA - Mollusc species susceptible to Perkinsus olseni from French Polynesia - Refused Entry.
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2013-002 Circular copper tube from Brazil, Greece, China, Korea and Mexico.
  • FDA rule requires persons submitting prior notice of imported food to report refusal by any other country.


May 24, 2013

U.S. changes to meat labeling rules do not comply with WTO ruling according to Canada. U.S. Department of Agriculture issues a new rule which does not change COOL labeling provisions. More...

Canada investigates dumping of copper tubes from five countries. Inquiry targets copper tubes from Brazil, Greece, China, Korea and Mexico. More...

Ontario and Quebec's exports to grow by 8% this year. Export Development Canada expects strong growth this year, and a slower pace in 2014. More...

CBSA extends investigation into dumping of unitized wall modules from China. Agency will need an extra 45 days due to the complexity and novelty of the issues. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Gretna border crossing temporarily closed.
  • Additional NEXUS lane opens at Queenston-Lewiston Bridge.
  • Cargo Control and Sufferance Warehouse Modernization. Information on cargo control and sufferance warehouse modernization
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Copper Tube from Brazil, Greece, China, Korea and Mexico - Notice of Initiation of Investigations
  • CBSA - SIMA - Unitized wall modules from China. Notice of Extension of Investigations
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: - MHD 2013-28 Beef Grading Directive - MHD 2013-14 Chapter 3 - Section 3.10
  • USDA Issues Final Rule to Amend Labeling Provisions Under Country of Origin Labeling. Final rule to modify the labeling provisions for muscle cut commodities covered under the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) program.


May 17, 2013

Using the correct tariff classification: beyond duties and taxes. Import data is also used for enforcement, to maintain trade statistics and negotiate trade agreements. More...

Alberta and B.C.'s exports to grow steadily through 2014 according to EDC forecast. British Columbia's export growth to top all provinces, while Alberta's will see steady increases. More...

Post-Panamax ships can now call at Port of Montreal. Shipping lines will be able to substantially increase capacity on their services to Montreal. More...

Canada - United States Entry/Exit Initiative progressing as planned. Both countries were able to identify potential overstays and potential unexecuted immigration warrants. More...

Reminder: eManifest webinar presentations continue through May and June. Each presentation is hosted by a CBSA representative and followed by a question and answer period. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Message from CBSA re : Victoria Day Holiday.
  • Memorandum D3-4-2 Highway Cargo - Import Movements.
  • Memorandum D14-1-7 Assessment of Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties Under the Special Import Measures Act.
  • CRA Form B270 Excise Act 2001 - Excise Duty Return - Non-Licensee
  • CFIA Addendum for Containment Zones Where Low-Risk Exotic Invertebrates are Displayed. Improved certification process for display facilities wishing to import low risk living organisms.
  • Requirements for Fishing Vessels and Landing sites to comply with Fish Inspection Regulations. Memo to all processing establishments and operators of fishing vessels and landing sites used to harvest and/or transport fish intended for human consumption and export.
  • CFIA Form 4560 Import Declaration 2013/05
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2012-036 Shredded Mozzarella cheese (coated with cellulose powder) and sliced pepperoni, packaged together.
  • USDA Revises the Citrus Longhorned Beetle and Asian Longhorned Beetle Federal Order. Removes requirements for CLB and ALB host plants for planting from Canada.
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Certificates of Compliance. Proposal to require that importers of regulated finished products manufactured outside of the U.S. file the required certificate electronically with U.S. Customs at the time of filing the entry.


May 10, 2013

WTO's next boss will be Roberto Carvalho de Azevedo of Brazil. Brazilian wins the selection over Mexican Herminio Blanco in the final round of consultations this week. More...

Ontario's energy feed-in-tariff system found illegal by WTO appeal panel. World Trade Organization appeal panel sides again with the European Union and Japan. More...

Tribunal finds dumping of unitized wall modules from China hurt Canadian industry. CBSA will continue its investigations and issue a preliminary determination in June. More...

CBSA sets revised values for steel welded pipe from six countries. New normal values could result in additional assessments of anti-dumping duty. More...

Lane closures announced at Queenston-Lewiston Bridge border crossing. Summer construction activity will result in a series of lane closures within the Queenston Plaza. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D2-3-1 Personal Exemptions for Residents Returning to Canada.
  • Memorandum D3-1-3 Commercial Importation of Intoxicating Liquors.
  • Memorandum D3-3-1 Forwarded and Consolidated Cargo – Import Movements.
  • Memorandum D3-7-1 CBSA Marine Operations - Cargo Containers Used in International Service.
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Silicon Metal from China - Initiation of Investigations - Reasons
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Galvanized Steel Wire from China, Israel and Spain- Preliminary Determinations - Reasons
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Carbon Steel Welded Pipe from Taiwan, India, the Sultanate of Oman, Korea, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates. Update to the normal values.
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2012-010 Whether seven types of fasteners are subject to anti-dumping duties.
  • CITTAppeal No. AP-2012-031 Classification of aluminum easels.
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2012-006 Unitized wall modules from China. Tribunal determines that the dumping and subsidizing have caused injury.
  • U.S. CBP - C-TPAT - Reporting Suspicious Activities, Anomalies, and Security Breaches
  • U.S. CBP - Transmission of USDA Sugar Certificate
  • USDA: Plants for Planting. 22 taxa of plants for planting are quarantine pests and 37 taxa of plants for planting are hosts of 9 quarantine pests.
  • USDA: Controlled Import Permit (CIP) Authorization as a Final Rule. Single type of authorization for the importation into the US of certain otherwise prohibited or restricted plant material.
  • U.S. FTC textile labeling rules - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding U.S. textile labeling rules. Federal Trade Commission


May 3, 2013

Canada climbs out of billion dollar trade deficit in March. Trade balance went from a deficit of $1.2 billion in February to a surplus of $24 million in March. More...

Duties on aluminum extrusions from China could expire early next year. Tribunal is seeking opinions on whether it should let the finding expire or conduct an expiry review. More...

Global air freight markets weakened in March. The improvement in air cargo growth rates that began towards the end of 2012 has stalled. More...

Canada bans imports of certain products containing small powerful magnets. Ottawa targets magnet sets intended for use as toys or manipulatives for general entertainment. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 13-010 Cargo Control and Sufferance Warehouse Modernization
  • Memorandum D3-1-6 Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Post Audit System.
  • Memorandum D3-2-1 International Commercial Air Traffic and Air Conveyance Reporting.
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Plate from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Romania - Expiry Review Initiation
  • CFIA Pre-market registration of labels and recipes for certain meat and processed products no longer required.
  • CFIA Fish and Seafood - Exports - - Export Certification Requirements - South Korea - NZ
  • Products Containing Small, Powerful Magnets: Information for Manufacturers, Importers, Distributors and Retailers. (Health Canada)
  • CITT Expiry No. LE-2013-001 Aluminum extrusions from China. Notice of expiry.
  • EU reviews anti-dumping measures applicable to biodiesel from the United States (pdf) as extended to imports consigned from Canada
  • USDA - Controlled Import Permits, prohibited or restricted plant material for experimental, therapeutic, or developmental purposes.
  • Controlled import permit as a single type of authorization for the importation into the United States of otherwise prohibited or restricted plant material.
  • Restructuring of Regulations on the Importation of Plants for Planting.
  • Importation of Seed and Screenings from Canada into the United States
  • USDA - Waivers under the Refined Sugar Re-Export Program


April 26, 2013

Rail shipments from the United States fell 2.9% in February. The drop was solely attributable to non-intermodal loadings, which fell to 2.8 million tonnes. More...

CBSA confirms dumping of galvanized steel wire from China, Israel and Spain. Provisional duties ranging from 14.5% to 79.8% are now payable on subject goods. More...

Tribunal to review expiry of duties on steel plate from three countries. Anti-dumping duties currently apply to steel plate from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Romania. More...

Canada investigates dumping of silicon metal from China. The investigations follow a complaint filed by a manufacturer located in Bécancour, Québec. More...

eManifest webinar presentations continue through May and June. Each presentation is hosted by a CBSA representative and followed by a question and answer period. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Silicon Metal from China - Notice of Initiation of Investigations.
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Galvanized Steel Wire - Preliminary Determinations. Provisional duties are now be payable.
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain carbon steel welded pipe from China. Statement of Reasons.
  • Memorandum D3-1-1 Policy Respecting the Importation and Transportation of Goods.
  • Memorandum D3-1-2 Transit International Routier Carnet.
  • Memorandum D3-1-5 International Commercial Transportation.
  • Softwood Lumber Products Export Charge Notice SWLN45 The Export Charge - April 2013
  • DFAIT / EICB Imports: Textiles and clothing - FTA (NAFTA) Tariff Preference Level Utilization.
  • CFIA Directive D-07-03 Phytosanitary Import Requirements to Prevent the Entry of Epiphyas postvittana (light brown apple moth)
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2013-002 Hot-rolled carbon steel plate and high-strength low-alloy steel plate from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Romania.
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2013-001 Silicon Metal from China
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2013-001 Galvanized steel wire from China, Israel and Spain. Notice of commencement.
  • CBP: Scheduled Repair Work to Temporarily Close Commercial Lane at Madawaska Port
  • USDA Modifies Regulations on the Importation of Plants for Planting; Two Final Rules and Two Proposals for Comment.


April 19, 2013

Canadian imports rose much faster than exports in 2012. Trade balance for the year went from a surplus of $912 million in 2011 to a record deficit of $12.0 billion in 2012. More...

New Windsor-Detroit bridge project gets U.S. Presidential approval. Canada will now be responsible for constructing, financing and operating the new crossing. More...

CBSA relocates Calgary, Edmonton airport offices. The Canada Border Services Agency announces the relocation of two offices in Alberta. More...

China to import more Canadian canola, cooperate on blackleg. Both governments and industry continue to work toward finding long-term solutions. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D2-6-1 Residential Status of Travellers Arriving in Canada.
  • Memorandum D2-6-3 Disposition of Excess Alcoholic Beverages.
  • Memorandum D11-4-18 Uniform Regulations Chapters Three and Five of NAFTA.
  • Memorandum D11-6-6 "Reason to believe" and Self-Adjustments to Declarations of Origin, Tariff Classification, and Value for Duty.
  • Memorandum D11-6-10 Reassessment Policy.
  • Memorandum D17-3-1 The New Automotive System - Highway Mode.
  • CBSA - SIMA - Expiry Review Initiation - Hollow Structural Sections from Korea, South Africa and Turkey.
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2011-065 Classification of certain electric kettles.
  • USDA: Plants for Planting Whose Importation is Not Authorized Pending Pest Risk Analysis; Addition of Taxa. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service


April 12, 2013

Canada and Japan will hold second round of free trade negotiations. Canada is seeking the elimination of Japan's tariffs across a broad range of sectors. More...

WTO expects global trade to remain subdued in 2013. Improved prospects for the U.S. this year should partly offset the EU's continued weakness. More...

Tribunal to review expiry of duties on structural tubing from Korea, South Africa, Turkey. CBSA will first determine if expiry would result in the resumption of dumping. More...

Invasive insect successfully eradicated from Canada. Following nearly a decade of collaborative efforts the asian long-horned beetle has been successfully eradicated. More...

Canadian trade deficit up over 1 billion dollars in February. Merchandise exports decreased 0.6% in February, while imports edged up 0.1%. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D11-4-6 Rules of Origin for the New Zealand and Australia Tariff Treatments.
  • Memorandum D11-4-5 Rules of Origin Respecting Caribcan.
  • Memorandum D13-11-4 Value for Duty of Promotional Material.
  • Memorandum D3-6-6 Rail Cargo - Import Movements.
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain carbon steel welded pipe from China. Expiry Review Decision.
  • Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement - Rules of Origin Regulations - Tariff Preference Regulations
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: Macedonia - Conditions for importation of meat products from China - Japan
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2013-001 Structural tubing from the Republic of Korea, the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Turkey.
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2012-005 Galvanized steel wire from China, Israel and Spain. Reasons issued.
  • CITT Appeal AP-2012-013 Importation of a 2003 BMW vehicle, model 325i
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2011-008 Value for duty of certain articles of apparel.
  • U.S. Administrative Detention under the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act. Proposed Rule.
  • U.S. CBP April 16th Webinars: Manifesting and Entry of Residue found in Instruments of International Traffic.
  • U.S. CBP Questions and Responses Regarding the Impact of Sequestration on Imports.


April 5, 2013

Ottawa consults on draft model of registration system for food importers. Regulated parties would be identified for licensing if they import or export food commodities. More...

CBSA says dumping would resume if duties expired on steel welded pipe from China. Tribunal will now determine whether the expiry is likely to result in injury to Canadian industry. More...

North Portal and Emerson border crossings to receive major upgrades. Ottawa allocates up to $10 million in new funding for improvements at each border crossing. More...

New customs inspection plaza to be built at Lansdowne border crossing. Project will increase the number of primary inspection lanes, two of which will be dedicated to commercial traffic. More...

Ottawa set to revoke preferential tariff from over 70 countries. Changes to the GPT will become effective in respect of goods imported on or after January 1, 2015. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D11-4-3 Rules of Origin Respecting the Most-Favoured-Nation Tariff.
  • Memorandum D2-5-1 Charter Access to Airports.
  • Customs Notice CN13-009 Amendments to the Departmental Consolidation of the Customs Tariff
  • Tariff Amendment T2013-2.
  • DFAIT / EICB Imports: Textiles and clothing - FTA (NAFTA) Tariff Preference Level Utilization.
  • CFIA - Consultation: The Revised Draft Improved Food Inspection Model
  • Transport Canada Pre-clearance Lists of Companies Authorized by Transport Canada To Import New Vehicles
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2012-004 Thermoelectric containers from China.
  • CITT Request for Interim Review Nos. RD-2012-002 and RD-2012-003 Bicycles. Order and reasons issued
  • U.S. FDA Compliance Policy Guide: Food Facility Registration, Human and Animal Food.
  • Import Inspection Applications; Meat and Egg Products; Pilot Program. Electronic filing of import inspection applications through the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).
  • USITC launches new investigation on possible modification to the North American Free Trade Agreement rules of origin.


March 28, 2013

Tariff reductions on environmental goods and on sugar from Colombia. The reductions implement trade concessions under two different agreements. More...

Improvements and modernization at the Lacolle border crossing. Project will increase the number of Primary Inspection Lanes and renovate the port's infrastructure. More...

Tribunal to review expiry of anti-dumping duties on thermoelectric containers from China. Anti-dumping duties have been applied to importations of these goods since 2008. More...

Tribunal finds dumping of galvanized steel wire hurts Canadian industry. The CBSA will continue its investigations and will issue preliminary determinations by April 22. More...

Consultations on free trade agreement negotiations with Thailand. Start of formal exploratory talks towards a potential Canada-Thailand free trade agreement. More...

Tariff relief on baby clothes and sports and athletic equipment. Tariffs on affected goods presently vary from 2.5 per cent to 20 per cent. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice CN13-008 Changes to Provincial Sales Tax (PST), Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), Provincial Tobacco Tax and Alcohol Markup Rates
  • Customs Notice CN13-007 Proposed Regulatory Amendment to the Customs Bonded Warehouses Regulations
  • Customs Notice CN13-006 Proposed Regulatory Amendments and Proposed New Regulations Related to the Implementation of the Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement
  • Message from CBSA re: Federal Budget.
  • Excise Duty Notice EDN33 Changes to Excise Duty Rates on Manufactured Tobacco
  • Consultations on Potential Free Trade Agreement Negotiations with Thailand.
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2012-002 Seamless carbon or alloy steel oil and gas well casing from China. Reasons issued.
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2012-005 Galvanized steel wire from China, Israel and Spain. The dumping and subsidizing have caused injury.
  • U.S. CBP 2013 Clarification - No Quota Limits for Ethyl Alcohol - QBT-13-506
  • U.S. CBP Recent Ruling: Eligibility of Two Halves of a Machine Imported Aboard Two Separate Carriers to Be Entered Under a Single Entry.


March 22, 2013

Canada and the United States announce truck inspection pilot project. The pilot will test the concept of conducting primary inspection of U.S.-bound truck cargo in Canada. More...

Proposed amendments to Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement rules of origin. The amendments would modernize certain provisions and liberalize some products' rules. More...

Upcoming changes to import requirements for aquatic animals. Removal of import requirements for animals susceptible to epizootic ulcerative syndrome. More...

Implementation of the Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement. Customs Notice on tariff provisions, proof of origin, shipping requirements and applications for refunds. More...

Canada will join negotiations on WTO International Services Agreement. Key WTO members moving forward toward an agreement to facilitate global services trade. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice CN13-005 Implementation of the Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement (CPAFTA)
  • CBSA Form BSF631 Certificate of Origin - Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the Republic of Panama
  • CBSA - SIMA - Unitized wall modules from China. Statement of reasons.
  • Memorandum D8-1-2 International Events and Convention Services Program (IECSP)
  • Canada and the United States announce Truck Cargo Pilot. Will test the concept of conducting U.S. CBP primary cargo inspection in Canada
  • Proposed amendments to the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement Rules of Origin - Domestic consultations.
  • EICS Message - Softwood Lumber quota for April 2013
  • DFAIT / EICB Imports: Textiles and clothing - FTA (NAFTA) Tariff Preference Level Utilization.
  • A Guide to Canada's Export Controls - Changes and Corrections
  • CFIA Consultation: Changes to import requirements for aquatic animals.
  • CFIA Policy on the use of third party laboratories for testing fish and fish products under the Fish Inspection Program


March 15, 2013

Steady progress in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. The 11 countries intensified their drive to find mutually-acceptable paths forward on the remaining issues. More...

U.S. changes to meat labeling rules do not comply with WTO ruling according to Canada. U.S. Department of Agriculture issues a proposed rule to modify its COOL labeling provisions. More...

Tribunal maintains anti-dumping duty on oil and gas well casing from China. A resumption of the dumping and subsidizing would result in injury to Canadian industry. More...

European Commission clears first step towards EU-U.S. trade talks. Draft mandate now sent for EU Member States to approve it before negotiations can start. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Message from CBSA: Attention Rail Carriers! Are you prepared to transmit eManifest data?
  • Memorandum D17-1-5 Registration, Accounting and Payment for Commercial Goods.
  • Customs Notice 13-02 Amendments to the Departmental Consolidation of the Customs Tariff
  • Tariff Amendments T2013-1.
  • Statement by Minister Ritz on the U.S. Country of Origin Labelling (COOL).
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2012-002 Seamless carbon or alloy steel oil and gas well casing from China. Tribunal continues its finding.
  • Full EU ban on animal testing for cosmetics enters into force. As of March 11, cosmetics tested on animals cannot be marketed any more in the EU.
  • Customs; Trade Partnership Against Terrorism System. U.S. DHS is giving concurrent notice of a newly established system of records.
  • USDA Issues Proposed Rule to Amend Labeling Provisions Under Country of Origin Labeling. USDA expects that these changes will bring the current mandatory COOL requirements into compliance with U.S. international trade obligations.
  • TSA Statement On Sequestration. "We expect that during busy travel periods wait times exceeding 30-40 minutes could double at nearly all of the largest airports."
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Effects of the Sequester on Overtime Clearances. We anticipate that the trade will experience a reduction in service at affected ports.


March 8, 2013

Canada's trade deficit narrowed to $237M in January. The country's merchandise exports rose 2.1% in January and imports increased 1.9%. More...

New investigation into dumping of unitized wall modules from China. Second attempt by Canadian industry to get protection against Chinese importations. More...

Ottawa launches offensive against counterfeit goods. New law will give border officers the authority to detain suspected shipments. More...

Canada-EU customs cooperation extended to supply chain security. Cooperation will include work towards mutual recognition of trade partnership programmes. More...

Global air cargo volumes grew again in January. Compared to the previous year demand for air freight increased by 5.0%. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - eManifest informed compliance period for highway carriers extended.
  • Memorandum D1-4-1 CBSA Invoice Requirements.
  • CBSA - SIMA - Bicycles from Chinese Taipei and China. Re-investigation of values and prices.
  • CBSA initiates investigations into the dumping and subsidizing of certain unitized wall modules from China.
  • Notice to Importers No. 825 - Turkey and Turkey Products - Supplemental Imports
  • DFAIT / EICB Imports: Textiles and clothing - FTA (NAFTA) Tariff Preference Level Utilization.
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: - European Union - Albania
  • CFIA - Fresh Fruits and Vegetables - Compliance List for Agricultural Chemical Residues
  • CFIA Monitoring of Stilbenes in Aquacultured Finfish. Importers reminded of their legal responsibility
  • CFIA - New requirements for canadian establishments that process or store fish and seafood products for export to China
  • CFIA - Canadian Establishments Approved for Export to the People's Republic of China. Fish and Seafood
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2012-006 Unitized wall modules from China.
  • CITT Expiry No. LE-2012-006 Hot-rolled carbon steel plate and high-strength low-alloy steel plate. Notice of expiry of order
  • Latest Information Regarding Impacts of Sequestration on CBP Operations.
  • U.S. FDA Guidance for Industry on Administrative Detention of Foods.


March 1, 2013

Canada-Panama free trade agreement takes effect on April 1, 2013. The agreement will progressively eliminate customs duties on most originating goods. More...

Global merchandise trade grew moderately in fourth quarter of 2012. Value of exports and imports for the G7 and BRICS countries was up by 1.2% and 1.0%, respectively. More...

Canadian railways freight tonnage up slightly in December. Canadian railways carried 26.0 million tonnes of freight in December, up 0.7% from December 2011. More...

Retroactive anti-dumping and countervailing duties on refined sugar. Canada Border Services Agency will impose duty on European sugar imports retroactive to November 1, 2010. More...

Email alert service to advise of disruptions to normal border services. Border Alerts will identify the impacted port and recommend alternate ports of entry. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 13-004 Resumption of Duties Concerning the Dumping of Refined Sugar From the United States of America, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and the Subsidizing of Refined Sugar From the European Union.
  • Memorandum D2-1-1 Temporary Importation of Baggage and Conveyances by Non-residents.
  • Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act - Order Fixing April 1, 2013 as the Day on which the Act Comes into Force.
  • DFAIT / EICB Imports: Textiles and clothing - FTA (NAFTA) Tariff Preference Level Utilization.
  • Amendment 14 to Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations. Will affect dealers, manufacturers and importers, of prescribed energy-using equipment.
  • Amendment 13 to Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations.
  • U.S. CBP CSMS# 13-000097 - Reminder FDA Food Facility Registration Renewal and Impact on Food Imports
  • USDA Recently Revised Export Requirements & Plant Lists. Export Requirements for Canada.


February 22, 2013

Duties on structural tubing from Korea, South Africa and Turkey could expire in December. Tribunal is seeking opinions on whether it should let the finding expire or conduct an expiry review. More...

Export Alert! keeps Canadian exporters informed of foreign regulatory changes. Service informs exporters of regulatory changes in global markets, before they become law. More...

EU to tighten rules for imports of consumer products. Importers will have ensure that products bear an indication of their country of origin. More...

Anti-dumping and countervailing duties: why, and how does it work? The process is set in motion when a Canadian producer submits a complaint to the CBSA. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CRA Form B256 Excise Act, 2001 Application for Refund/Deduction
  • CRA Form B271 Excise Duty Return - Tobacco Dealer
  • Excise Duty Memorandum EDM7-1-4 Duty Free Shop Operators
  • Notice to Importers No. 829 - Eggs and Egg Products - Supplemental Imports
  • Notice to Importers No. 823 - Dairy Products - Supplemental Imports
  • DFAIT / EICB Imports: Textiles and clothing - FTA (NAFTA) Tariff Preference Level Utilization. Updated February 18.
  • DFAIT - Regulation - Order amending the Export Control List. This Order will formally come into effect on March 15, 2013.
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: United Arab Emirates - Nicaragua - Annex J
  • CITT Expiry No. LE-2012-005 Structural tubing from the Republic of Korea, the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Turkey.
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2011-075 Whether the European Union Surtax Order applies to canned beef in jelly produced partly in Italy and partly in Brazil.
  • EU: Safer products and a level playing field in the internal market. Proposed new rules concerning all non-food products, including those imported from 3rd countries.
  • U.S. CBP CSMS# 13-000080 - Harmonized System Update 1302 - Changes to the 2013 Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the US
  • Special Rule for the Polar Bear Under Section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


February 15, 2013

The European Union and the United States will launch free trade negotiations. An EU-US agreement would be the biggest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated. More...

Highway carriers eManifest informed compliance period extended. Agency is hoping to begin implementation some time in the fall, and will give 60 days notice to the trade. More...

Copper pipe fittings from the U.S., Korea and China assigned new values. Revision may result in additional duties being assessed on importations of these goods. More...

Canada's trade deficit narrowed in December as imports declined. Trade deficit decreased from $1.7 billion in November to $901 million in December. More...

Self clearance customs kiosks now operational at Toronto's Pearson Airport. Automated booth processes travellers' passports and declaration cards. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Message from CBSA re: Family Day - February 18, 2013 in the provinces of Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Copper Pipe Fittings from the U.S., Korea and China. New normal values, export prices and amounts of subsidy.
  • CRA Form B264 Excise Duty Return - Special Excise Warehouse Licensee
  • DFAIT Export Controls Seminars - March 2013
  • Export Control List - Order Amending. The Order consists of various changes.
  • DFAIT / EICB Imports: Textiles and clothing - FTA (NAFTA) Tariff Preference Level Utilization.
  • CFIA - Planned Changes to Export Certification (Fish and Seafood )
  • CFIA - Requirements for Cold Storage Warehouses that Store Fish and Seafood Products Prior to Export to the EU
  • CFIA: Adventitious Presence of Soy in Grain Products.
  • Veterinary Biologics Memorandum 2013-01: Renewal of Veterinary Biologics Establishment Licences, Product Licences, and Import Permits
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2012-004 Holland Hitch of Canada Limited. Classification of fifth-wheel castings.
  • USDA Proposes Updates to Plant Import Regulations. Several amendments to update and streamline its regulations involving the importation of plants for planting.


February 8, 2013

Conclusion of seventh round of Canada - India FTA negotiations. A trade agreement with India will eliminate or reduce tariffs, liberalize trade in services. More...

Ottawa appeals WTO's decision on Ontario's energy feed-in-tariff system. World Trade Organization panel sided with the European Union and Japan in December. More...

Beer, wine and alcohol will require EDI import notification to CFIA. More products to be added to the list of goods for which EDI notification is required. More...

Anti-dumping duties on thermoelectric containers from China could expire next December. Tribunal is seeking opinions on whether it should let the finding expire, or conduct an expiry review. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D11-5-10 Canada-Jordan Free Trade Agreement (CJFTA) Rules of Origin
  • Memorandum D6-2-6 Refund of Duties and Taxes on Non-commercial Importations.
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Galvanized Steel Wire - Statement of reasons.
  • Excise Duty Memorandum EDM1-1-5 Instrument Approval
  • Notice to Importers Serial No. 834 Milk Protein Substances with a Milk Protein Content of 85% or more by Weight, Calculated on the Dry Matter, that do not Originate in a NAFTA Country, Chile, Costa Rica, or Israel.
  • Notice to Importers Serial No. 816 Chicken and Chicken Products – Supplemental Imports.
  • DFAIT / EICB Imports: Textiles and clothing - FTA (NAFTA) Tariff Preference Level Utilization.
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: MHD 2013-12 Chapter 11 - Section 11.7.3 - Taiwan
  • CFIA - Changes to Import Notification Requirements for Products in the Non-Federally Registered Food Sector
  • CFIA - Mexico - Certification Requirements - Fish and Seafood - Exports
  • CITT Expiry No. LE-2012-004 Thermoelectric containers from China
  • USDA Guidelines and Instructions for Controlling Meat and Poultry Products Pending FSIS Test Results.
  • U.S. Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Program.
  • U.S. CBP Directive 3230-037b (pdf) Quota-Class Merchandise: Processing and Reporting
  • U.S. CBP Address Change for Filing Annual Election to Average for Motor Vehicles.
  • U.S. and Canada Sign Memorandum of Cooperation on Safe Transportation of Dangerous Goods


February 1, 2013

Prime Ministers of Canada and Japan discuss free trade agreement. Enhancing the bilateral trade relationship seen as vital to the future prosperity of both nations. More...

Global air cargo dropped 1.5% in 2012 according to IATA. Fall in demand marked the second consecutive year of decline, following a 0.6% contraction in 2011. More...

Freight on Canadian railways posts small but steady increases. November 2011 registers third consecutive monthly year-over-year increase. More...

Ottawa consults on talks to reduce duties on information technology goods. Negotiations at WTO on expanding the current product coverage of the Agreement. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D19-6-3 Importation of Energy-Using Products.
  • General Export Permit No. 46 - Cryptography for Use by Certain Consignees.
  • DFAIT / EICB Imports: Textiles and clothing - FTA (NAFTA) Tariff Preference Level Utilization.
  • CFIA Policy TAHD-DSAT-IE-2001-1-2 Integumentary Tissue Import. Mammals and avian species.
  • Industry Guide to Second-hand Products (Including Children's Products).
  • Importing vehicles purchased in countries OTHER than the United States.
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2009-046 Classification of sports gloves designed for ice hockey goaltenders
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2010-002 Cheetos snacks. Whether the appeal concerning the origin of the goods in issue should be allowed.
  • U.S. CBP - FDA Food Facility Registration Renewal and Impact on Food Imports (Reminder)
  • U.S. CBP to Provide Training on NAFTA in Pembina.
  • U.S. CBP Announces Closure of Port of Whitetail, Montana.
  • U.S. CBP to Publish Administrative Seizure and Forfeiture Notices on the Internet.
  • USITC - Import of Certain Worsted Wool Fabrics for Calendar Year 2013. Allocation of Tariff Rate Quotas.


January 25, 2013

Investigation into dumping of galvanized steel wire from China, Israel and Spain. Trade Tribunal starts preliminary inquiry into possible damage to Canadian industry. More...

Nine candidates in line for the post of WTO Director-General. Pascal Lamy's term as Director-General of the World Trade Organization is coming to an end. More...

A little help to avoid customs penalties. Leaflet outlines the Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS), and gives tips to avoid penalties. More...

Planning to spend some time in a warmer place this winter? You may want to look at two Canadian Government websites that provide useful traveller information. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D19-13-2 Importing and Exporting Firearms, Weapons and Devices.
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Galvanized Steel Wire - Notice of Initiation of Investigations.
  • Notice to Exporters No. 186 General Export Permit – Cryptography for Use by Certain Consignees.
  • CFIA Policy on Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-to-Eat Foods.
  • CFIA Requirements for Farmed Cervids Imported from the United States to Canada.
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2012-005 Galvanized steel wire from China, Israel and Spain.
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2012-002 Steel piling pipe from China. Reasons issued.
  • U.S. CBP User Fee, Transponder, and Decal Information.
  • U.S. CBP Decal / Transponder Online Procurement System. Commercial Vehicles, Private Aircraft, and Private Vessels.
  • U.S. CBP Guidance for Reimbursement Certificates. Regulations require that importer files a certificate advising whether the importer has entered into an agreement, or otherwise has received reimbursement of AD duties, prior to liquidation of the entry.


January 18, 2013

New value added calculation system changes world trade perspective. New analysis by the OECD and the WTO highlights the changing face of global trade. More...

Agreement will help prevent Canada - U.S. trade disruptions in cases of animal diseases. Mutual recognition of zoning measures during highly contagious animal disease outbreaks. More...

Canada's trade deficit spikes to $2 billion in November. Merchandise imports rose 2.7% in November, while exports decreased 0.9%. More...

St. Lawrence Seaway wraps up 2012 with 4% tonnage increase. Strong performance within a number of core markets contributed to an overall gain of 1.4 million tonnes. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D3-6-0 Railway Rolling Stock, Railway Locomotives and Miscellaneous Railway Equipment Temporarily Imported for Use In International Service and/or Diverted to Domestic Use.
  • Excise Duty Memorandum EDM3-1-1 Producers and Packagers of Spirits
  • CFIA - Fish and Seafood - List of Canadian Establishments Approved for Export.
  • CFIA - Requirements for Wild Ruminants Imported from the United States to Canada
  • Canadian Export Classification 2013. Statistics Canada
  • CITT Appeal Nos. AP-2011-057 and AP-2011-058 Classification of various items used in the manufacture of towers for wind turbines.
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2012-003 Carbon steel welded pipe from 6 countries. Reasons issued.
  • U.S. CPSC Periodic testing requirement goes into effect on February 8th, 2013.
  • U.S. CBP CSMS# 13-000020 - FDA Food facility registration renewal and impact to food imports
  • U.S. CBP CSMS# 13-000018 - Harmonized System Update 1310 - Changes to the 2013 Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the US
  • U.S. FDA Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food.


January 11, 2013

Canada increases low-value shipment threshold to harmonize with U.S. New limit for low value customs clearance set at $2,500, including for NAFTA formal certificate exemption. More...

The CFIA will create sixteen targeted Centres of Expertise across Canada. The sixteen Centres will consolidate and co-locate expertise for specific programs. More...

IATA reports that global air freight volumes were up in November. Asia-Pacific airlines were responsible for almost half the rise in total freight volumes. More...

Anti-dumping duty to remain on hot-rolled carbon steel plate from China. Resumed dumping of the goods would likely result in injury to Canadian manufacturers. More...

CBSA re-investigates values and prices of steel welded pipe from six countries. New normal values could result in additional assessments of anti-dumping duty. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 13-001 Increase to the Value Threshold for Exemption From the NAFTA Certificate of Origin Requirements for Commercial Goods for Which Preferential Treatment Under NAFTA is Claimed
  • Customs Notice 13-002 Proposed Regulatory Amendment Related to the Increase to the Value Threshold for Exemption From the NAFTA Certificate of Origin Requirements for Commercial Goods for Which Preferential Tariff Treatment Under NAFTA is Claimed
  • Customs Notice 13-003 Increase to the Low Value Shipment (LVS) Threshold for Shipments Imported Into Canada
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Carbon Steel Welded Pipe - Notice of Re-investigation of normal values and export prices
  • Memorandum D19-7-1 Interpretation of the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
  • EICB Bulletin - Correction Period for DECEMBER Softwood Lumber Permits
  • DFAIT / EICB Imports: Textiles and clothing - NAFTA Tariff Preference Level Utilization
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: - MHD 2012-52 Chapter 4 - Annex C (2013-01-09)
  • CITT Expiry Review. Tribunal finds that the dumping of hot-rolled carbon steel plate from China is likely to result in injury.
  • U.S. CBP Textiles and Apparel Enforcement Statistics.
  • USDA FSIS PHIS Directive 9500.1 - Contingency plan for import reinspections when the Public Health Information System (PHIS) is unavailable
  • U.S. importers of paper and paper-based packaging could pay an assessment of 35 cents per ton. USDA Seeks Comments on Establishing a New Paper and Paper-Based Packaging Promotion, Research and Information Order.
  • U.S. FDA proposes new food safety standards for foodborne illness prevention and produce safety.


January 4, 2013

eManifest webinar presentations continuing through January and February. Highway carriers that do not comply with the eManifest requirement will be denied entry. More...

Ports of Montreal and Quebec award gold-headed canes. Port authorities present traditional awards to the first ships to sail up the Saint-Lawrence river. More...

Ottawa to allow exports of automatic firearms to Colombia. All applications will remain subject to the Government's case-by-case review process. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - Mandatory HS Codes at Time of Interim Accounting and Termination of the Zero Class Code as of January 01, 2013.
  • CRA - RC1C Business Number - Import/Export Account Information
  • Automatic Firearms Country Control List - Order Amending. Republic of Colombia
  • Freezing Assets of Corrupt Foreign Officials (Tunisia and Egypt) Regulations - Regulations Amending
  • Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations - Regulations Amending.
  • CFIA Update: Implementation of ISPM 15 between Canada and the U.S. - Wood packaging material
  • Food and Drug Regulations (Rum) - Regulations Amending
  • Canadian Automated Export Declaration (CAED) CAED 2013 version 13.00 was released on December 28th, 2012.
  • U.S. FDA Progress Report on Implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act: October-December 2012
  • USITC Official Harmonized Tariff Schedule. Changes that take effect January 1, 2013
  • U.S. CBP - 2013 Tariff Rate Quota on Certain Worsted Wool Fabrics - QBT-12-535 - 12/26/2012
  • U.S. CBP - 2013 TRQ - Milk and Cream, Condensed or Evaporated - QBT-12-542 - 12/28/2012


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