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January 29, 2016

Canada will sign TPP trade agreement but will continue consultations. Trade Minister says Canada needs to stay at the table with the other TPP countries. More...

CBSA's new accounting system comes into effect. Changes will first affect importers with account security for release prior to payment privileges. More...

Trade in Services Agreement may be finalized this year. While services are not subject to tariffs, they can still be subjected to discriminatory barriers. More...

Canada in top ten of least corrupt countries. Canada was in ninth postilion in Transparency International's 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index. More...

Chemists from customs laboratories share knowledge at WCO meeting. Customs authorities in World Customs Organization countries cooperate on laboratory matters. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 16-01 Implementation of the Accounts Receivable Ledger (ARL)
  • Customs Notice 16-02 Canada Revenue Agency Alcohol and Tobacco Licenses
  • Customs Notice 16-03 Amendments to the Departmental Consolidation of the Customs Tariff
  • Customs Tariff amendment T2016-1
  • CRA Form GST59 GST/HST Return for Imported Taxable Supplies, Qualifying Consideration, and Internal and External Charges
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2016 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2016 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: South Africa - European Union
  • WCO Revision of Correlation Tables between the 2012 and 2017 versions of the Harmonized System Nomenclature


January 22, 2016

Canada files for NAFTA panel review of U.S. punitive duties on supercalendered paper. U.S. imposes steep countervailing duties on imports of supercalendered paper from Canada. More...

NAFTA countries to collaborate more closely to reduce avian influenza trade distortions. Working toward harmonizing procedures to respond to possible future detections of the virus. More...

Canadian pork and pork products may now be exported to India. The value of Canadian agri-food and seafood exports to India has increased steadily over the last decade. More...

IMF warns of weak global economic growth, especially in emerging markets. Emerging market and developing economies face the new reality of slower growth. More...

Least Developed Country Tariff: a new explanatory guide. Explains rules of origin, documentation requirements and shipment criteria that may seem complex. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2016 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2016 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • Restriction on imports of live birds, bird products and by-products from US states affected by Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. Addition of Indiana
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: MHD 2016-01 Chapter 11 – French Polynesia – Section 11.7.3
  • Exportation of Live Animals, Hatching Eggs, and Animal Germplasm From the United States. USDA is removing most of the requirements for export health certifications, tests, and treatments


January 15, 2016

New verification targets from the Canada Border Services Agency. Commodities are targeted for verification of origin, tariff classification and value for duty. More...

CBSA defines help process for rights holders fighting counterfeit goods. Copyright and trademark owners can ask the CBSA to detain suspected counterfeit goods. More...

Ukraine expands access for Canadian beef and pork exports. Additional Canadian beef and pork establishments are now eligible to export to Ukraine. More...

Global air freight volumes were down 1.2% in November. Air freight was down by 2.0% in Europe, by 3.2% in North America, and by 1.5% in Asia-Pacific. More...

Indicators point to stable growth momentum in the OECD area. The organization's data foresees diverging patterns across major emerging economies. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA Trade Compliance Verifications January 2016. Commodities targeted for verification of origin, tariff classification and value for duty
  • Memorandum D3-5-7 Temporary Importation of Vessels
  • Memorandum D6-2-3 Refund of Duties
  • Memorandum D8-3-2 Tariff Item 9831.00.00 and the Exposed and Processed Film and Recorded Video Tape Remission Order
  • Memorandum D9-1-15 Canada Border Services Agency's Policy on the Classification of Hate Propaganda, Sedition and Treason
  • Memorandum D10-14-54 Tariff Classification of Certain Flat Water Sprint Racing Canoes and Kayaks Under Tariff Item 8903.99.10
  • Memorandum D10-14-59 Tariff Classification of Textile Fabric or Material Combined With Plates, Sheets or Strip of Cellular Plastic, and Garnments Made up of Such Fabric
  • Memorandum D11-4-2 Proof of Origin of Imported Goods
  • Memorandum D11-4-13 Rules of Origin for Casual Goods Under Free Trade Agreements
  • Memorandum D11-6-10 Reassessment Policy
  • Memorandum D17-1-13 Interim Accounting (Provisional Documentation)
  • Memorandum D19-12-1 Importation of Vehicles
  • Memorandum D19-12-2 Importation of Tires
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2016 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2016 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • CFIA Directive D-14-01 Pilot Canadian Compliance Program for the Export of Canary Seed (Phalaris canariensis) to Mexico
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2014-042 Classification of ombination boilers or "Combi-boilers" for use in the home and in small commercial locations
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2015-004 Classification of various models of zipper chains
  • WCO Complementary amendments to the Harmonized System Nomenclature 2017 Edition


January 8, 2016

Tribunal finds dumping of steel plate from India and Russia is no threat to domestic industry. Goods will not become subject to anti-dumping and countervailing duties. More...

Ottawa announces new export program for small Canadian companies. Program will provide $50 million to help Canadian SMEs take advantage of export opportunities. More...

Canada's trade deficit narrowed to $2 billion in November. Total exports increased 0.4 percent while imports decreased 0.7 percent. More...

South Korea reopens its market to Canadian beef. The country had imposed a temporary restriction following a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in Alberta in February. More...

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

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA eManifest Highway Carrier Frequently Asked Questions
  • Certain Milk Protein Substances - Deadline for 2016-2017 Tariff Rate Quota Applications
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • Conditions for importation of meat products from Argentina. Imports can resume as of 2015-12-17
  • CFIA Interim Phytosanitary Requirements for In-transit shipments of plants and plant products
  • Beef export to South Korea. South Korea has lifted the temporary suspension of beef imports from Canada
  • CFIA Directive D-13-03 Phytosanitary import requirements to prevent the introduction of Lobesia botrana, the European grapevine moth
  • Imports of hydrofluorocarbons in bulk. Environment Canada requires report no later than March 2, 2016
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2015-001 Hot-rolled carbon steel plate and high-strength low-alloy steel plate from India and Russia. Finding
  • USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service 2016 Rate Changes
  • USDA Announces Expansion of the Organic Assessment Exemption


December 31, 2015

Tribunal will not reduce anti-dumping duties on concrete reinforcing bar. A trade association in British Columbia claims that the duties are hurting the market in their province. More...

New travel app gives updates and information for Canadians. Border wait times, travel advice and advisories on over 200 destinations, and more. More...

Canada will update energy efficiency rules on appliances, lighting, other products. Standards will align with requirements in force in the United States. More...

EDC can provide receivables protection for small Canadian exporters. EDC insurance product allows small Canadian companies to insure their foreign sales. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 15-038 Update to the Implementation of the Single Window Initiative
  • CBSA Border Commercial Consultative Committee newsletter Winter 2016 Issue
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • CFIA Directive D-99-06 Policy on the issuance of phytosanitary certificates and phytosanitary certificates for re-export
  • CITT Public Interest Inquiry No. PB-2014-001 Concrete Reinforcing Bar from China, Korea and Turkey. Opinion and reasons issued


December 23, 2015

U.S. repeals country of origin labelling rules, avoids Canadian retaliation duties. Canada had approval from WTO to apply punitive duties on U.S. goods if COOL was not repealed. More...

WTO's Nairobi agreement will benefit least developed countries. Cotton from LDCs to be given duty-free and quota-free access to the markets of developed countries. More...

EU and the Philippines launch negotiations for a free trade agreement. The Philippines are the 5th ASEAN country to negotiate an FTA with the European union. More...

Canadian rail freight volume dropped 6% in October. Rail freight originating in Canada decreased 5.1% and freight received from the United States fell 14.4%. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D20-1-1 Export Reporting
  • Memorandum D8-11-8 Administration of the Designer Remission Order, 2001
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2014-006 Refined sugar from the United States, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands the United Kingdom, and the European Union. Reasons
  • U.S. FSIS Directive 9530.1 Rev 2 - Importation of Live Canadian Cattle, Sheep, and Goats into the United States
  • U.S. FSIS Notice 81-15 - Import Residue Sampling


December 18, 2015

WTO members conclude deal to remove duty on several information technology goods. List includes new-generation semi-conductors, GPS navigation systems, telecom satellites, touch screens. More...

Reminder: Blanket certificates of origin need to be renewed for 2016. Most blanket certificates are filled-out to expire on December 31 and have to be renewed. More...

Seamless casing, oil country goods and pup joints assigned new values. Revision may result in a change to duties being assessed on importations of these goods. More...

WTO report finds members are slow to remove trade restrictions. Only 25% of the restrictive measures recorded since October 2008 have been eliminated. More...

Top ten Canadian exporters accounted for nearly 25% of all exports 2014. Large enterprises accounted for $349 billion worth of exports compared with $120 billion for SMEs. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Certain Seamless Casing, Certain Oil Country Tubular Goods and Certain Pup Joints from China. Conclusion of Re-investigation of the normal values, export prices and amounts of subsidy
  • Customs Notice 15-036 Informed compliance period for electronic marine bay plan data
  • Customs Notice 15-037 January 1, 2016 Version of the Departmental Consolidation of the Customs Tariff
  • Memorandum D2-2-3 Importation of Goods by Seasonal Residents
  • Memorandum D3-4-2 Highway Pre-arrival and Reporting Requirements
  • Memorandum D21-3-2 Revenue Exemptions Granted for the NATO Common Infrastructure Project
  • CBSA Guide to the Least Developed Country Tariff. Members of the textile and apparel industries may find this information useful
  • Advances under the Beef and Veal Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) - Message to Industry and to Brokers
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • CFIA Update on Avian Influenza (AI) outbreak - Trinidad and Tobago
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2015-008 Whether failure to declare unaccompanied goods prevents from obtaining the personal exemption
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2014-036 Tariff classification of unassembled hydraulic turbine-driven generating sets
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2015-001 Steel Grating from China. Revised notice of expiry review of finding
  • Iron Mechanical Transfer Drive Components from Canada and China. USITC Votes to Continue Investigations
  • USDA to Remove Cotton Import Fee Exemption. The USDA proposes remove the cotton import de minimis provision


December 11, 2015

WTO sets Canadian and Mexican retaliation levels against U.S. meat labelling rules. Canada and Mexico will apply punitive duties on U.S. goods if COOL is not repealed soon. More...

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

Tribunal to review expiry of duties on steel sheet and strip from five countries. Tribunal and CBSA will determine if anti-dumping duties should remain applicable. More...

Canada's trade deficit widens to $2.8 billion as exports fall almost two percent. The weakness in exports was concentrated in trade with the United States. More...

CBSA confirms dumping of steel plate from India and Russia. The Agency also found that exports from Russia were not subsidized but maintained decision on Indian goods. More...

Reminder: U.S. raises most fees for border agricultural inspection program. User fees for inspections of all commercial trucks, aircraft and cargo vessel go up on December 28. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Flat hot-rolled carbon and alloy steel sheet and strip from Brazil, China, Chinese Tapei, India and Ukraine. Expiry Review
  • Hot-rolled carbon steel plate and high-strength low-alloy steel plate from India and Russia. Final determinations
  • Memorandum D6-2-4 Value for Duty of Defective Parts or Articles Removed From Equipment and Returned to the Supplier for Credit
  • Memorandum D8-2-14 Tariff Item 9936.00.00 Apparel Samples
  • Memorandum D11-12-1 NAFTA Harmonized Laboratory Methods
  • Memorandum D19-6-4 Kimberley Process - Export and Import of Rough Diamonds
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • CFIA - Japan - Resumption of poultry exports
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2015-002 Flat hot-rolled carbon and alloy steel sheet and strip from Brazil, China, Chinese Tapei, India and Ukraine
  • WTO Arbitrator issues report in "COOL" case between US, Mexico and Canada
  • WCO Classification decisions taken at the last Session of the Harmonized System Committee
  • U.S. Countervailing Duty Order on Supercalendered Paper From Canada


December 4, 2015

Highway carriers must comply to eManifest in January or face penalties. Highway carriers hauling freight into Canada must electronically transmit manifest information. More...

Exports help pull Canada out of recession. Third quarter GDP rose 0.6%, driven by increased international demand for Canadian goods and services. More...

Global air cargo volumes stayed flat in October. North American carriers experienced a significant decline with a 2.4% fall in freight volumes. More...

Importing vehicles from the U.S.: do not forget to report to American authorities. Penalties are applied if exports are not filed with U.S. authorities 72 hours in advance. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain carbon and alloy steel line pipe from China. Preliminary determinations of dumping and subsidizing
  • Memorandum D11-6-4 Relief of Interest and/or Penalties Including Voluntary Disclosure
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • CFIA Update Regarding Russian Ban on Canadian Meat Imports and Testing Requirements
  • CFIA - Dead bait and germplasm: Effective January 11, 2016 importers must list dead bait and germplasm in Chapter 5 in the Harmonized System
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2015-002 Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Line Pipe from China


November 27, 2015

CBSA finds certain steel line pipe from China is dumped and subsidized. Tribunal will now formally determine if the dumping and subsidizing are causing prejudice to Canadian industry. More...

Transport Canada's Air Cargo Security Program now open to shippers. Air cargo could be screened and made secure as early as when it is packed. More...

Canadian rail freight volume continued decline in September. Rail freight originating in Canada decreased 1.6% and freight received from the United States fell 23.1%. More...

Trade terms or Incoterms, what is the difference? The best example would be the Incoterms' definition for FOB which is strictly reserved for maritime shipments. More...

Cigarettes are the biggest counterfeit import into Europe. China was the primary originating country for counterfeit goods shipped to the EU in 2014. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: Singapore - Egypt
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2015-002 Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Line Pipe from China. Reasons
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2012-034 Classification of various aftermarket automobile parts
  • U.S. FDA: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption. Rule applies to imported produce
  • U.S. FDA: Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals
  • U.S. FDA: Accreditation of Third-Party Certification Bodies To Conduct Food Safety Audits and To Issue Certifications
  • U.S. Commerce Dept - Certain Iron Mechanical Transfer Drive Components from Canada and China
  • U.S. CBP CSMS# 15-000876 - Change in Operational Hours for the Raymond, Montana CBP Port of Entry


November 20, 2015

CBSA offers grace period for disclosing unreported exports transiting through the U.S. Some businesses have been exporting goods by highway to Mexico or other countries without declaring them. More...

Canada to seek NAFTA panel review of U.S. punitive duty on supercalendered paper. U.S. wants to impose duties of up to 20.18 percent on imports of this Canadian paper. More...

TPP leaders push for quick ratification of trade agreement. Meeting in the Philippines, leaders note interest from a number of other economies throughout the region. More...

U.S. FDA to implement new rules for food importers. New rule requires food importers to verify that foreign suppliers produce food in a manner that meets U.S. safety standards. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 15-035 Voluntary Disclosure of Unreported Goods Transiting Through the United States to a Subsequent Country
  • Memorandum D2-1-5 Bequests - Tariff Item No. 9806.00.00
  • Memorandum D2-1-4 Casual Donations - Tariff Item No. 9816.00.00
  • Memorandum D2-2-2 Settlers' Effects Acquired With Blocked Currencies
  • Memorandum D2-6-3 Disposition of Alcoholic Beverages
  • Memorandum D2-6-4 Travellers' Baggage Procedures
  • Memorandum D2-6-5 Documentation of Goods for Temporary Exportation
  • Memorandum D10-14-62 Tariff Classification of Costumes
  • Memorandum D23-1-1 Partners in Protection Program
  • Excise and GST/HST News No. 97 November 2015 - Importation of oocytes
  • CRA Form E681 Excise Act 2001 Refund Claim on Exported Tobacco Products
  • Notice to Importers Serial No. 873 Broiler Hatching Eggs and Chicks for Chicken Production (Items 94 and 95 on the Import Control List)
  • Notice to Importers Serial No. 869 Chicken and Chicken Products (Items 96 to 104 on the Import Control List)
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • CFIA Updates on Avian Influenza (AI) outbreak: Philippines & Singapore
  • CFIA Update on Avian Influenza - Trinidad & Tobago
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: MHD 2015-30 Chapter 11 - Introduction - Section 11.6.3.2
  • CITT Expiry No. RR-2014-005 Greenhouse bell peppers originating in or exported from the Netherlands. Reasons
  • Supercalendered Paper from Canada Injures U.S. Industry, Says USITC. Commerce will issue a countervailing duty order
  • U.S. CBP Custom and Border Protection's Bond Program


November 13, 2015

Reminder: Blanket certificates of origin need to be renewed for 2016. Most blanket certificates are filled-out to expire on December 31 and have to be renewed. More...

U.S. will raise most fees for border agricultural inspection program. User fees for inspections of all commercial trucks, aircraft and cargo vessel go up on December 28. More...

Pakistan files WTO's 500th dispute settlement case. In the WTO's 20 years Canada filed 34 complaints against other countries' trade measures. More...

Anti-dumping measures help Canadian industry according to Tribunal. Measures affected $8 billion in Canadian shipments and nearly 22,000 jobs in 2014. More...

New Federal Government studies Trans-Pacific Partnership and invites comments. The government supports free trade and invites Canadians to review the TPP text. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 15-034 Update to the Implementation of the Single Window Initiative
  • CBSA TCC015-115 - Remembrance Day Holiday
  • CBSA TCC015-117 - First Quarter Interest Rate 2016
  • Memorandum D11-3-1 Marking of Imported Goods
  • Memorandum D11-4-22 Tariff Preference Levels
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • CFIA Reminder: New plant health requirements to prevent the introduction and spread of plant pests in Canada
  • CFIA - Labelling Requirements for Prepackaged Water and Ice
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: China - Chile
  • CFIA - California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin are now free of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)
  • CFIA - Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Outbreak: South Africa Removes Trade Restrictions on Imports from Canada
  • U.S. FCC waives Radio Frequency Devices import declaration requirements
  • U.S. International Trade Administration - Articles of Cheese Subject to an In-Quota Rate of Duty


November 6, 2015

Tribunal maintains anti-dumping duty on sugar from the U.S. and Europe. A resumption of the dumping and subsidizing would result in injury to Canadian industry. More...

Canada's trade deficit narrows to $1.7 billion in September. Total imports declined 1.3% to $46.2 billion in September while exports increased 0.7% to $44.5 billion. More...

Trade restrictions within G20 countries keep growing, although at a slower pace. G-20 economies applied 86 new trade-restrictive measures between mid-May and mid-October. More...

Global air freight markets record slight growth in September. Worldwide air cargo volumes rose 1.0% compared to the same month last year. More...

EU and New Zealand meet to discuss free trade agreement. The shared aim is to set rules that correspond to the reality of global supply chains. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Bloomfield NB border crossing closed on Sundays beginning November 1
  • Memorandum D1-8-1 Licensing of Customs Brokers
  • Memorandum D10-14-40 Unserviceable Vehicle Parts for Remanufacturing
  • Memorandum D10-14-45 Tariff Classification of Kit Cars
  • Memorandum D10-15-21 Interpretation of Tariff Item 9958.00.00
  • Memorandum D19-4-3 Copyright and Trade-marks
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • CFIA Avian Influenza: Updates on Barbados, Cuba and Guatemala
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: United States - Ukraine - Singapore
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2014-006 Refined sugar from the United States & Europe. Tribunal continues its order
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2014-034 Classification of Bluetooth wireless speaker
  • EU Customs: Commission publishes the 2016 version of the Combined Nomenclature
  • Text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Full Text (From the United States Trade Representative)
  • USITC: Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Resin From Canada, China, India, and Oman; Final Phase of Investigations
  • September 2015 Textile and Apparel Import Report - U.S. DOC International Trade Administration
  • U.S. FSIS Export Verification Program: Microbiological Testing of Ready-To-Eat Products Destined for Canada
  • U.S. FSIS Directive 9900.8 Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products Refused Entry Into The United States (U.S.)
  • U.S. FSIS Directive 9900.7 Physical Examinations of Cooked Meat from Regions Where Rinderpest or Foot and Mouth Disease Exists
  • U.S. FSIS Directive 9900.6 Laboratory Sampling Program for Imported Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products
  • U.S. FSIS Directive 9900.5 Label Verification of Imported Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products
  • U.S. FSIS Directive 9900.3 Prestamping Imported Product
  • U.S. FSIS Directive 9900.2 Import Reinspection of Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products
  • U.S. FSIS Directive 9900.1 Imported Product Shipment Presentation
  • U.S. FSIS Directive 9500.1 Contingency Plan For Import Reinspections When The Public Health Information System (PHIS) Is Not Available
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposed Rule: Listing 10 Freshwater Fish and 1 Crayfish as Injurious Wildlife Species. Rule would prohibit the importation
  • FTC Issues Amendment to Energy Labeling Rule


October 30, 2015

Steel sheet and strip from 5 countries assigned new values. Revision may result in a change to duties being assessed on importations of these goods. More...

European Parliament rejects proposal to allow each country to ban GMOs. Bill would have allowed EU states to decide if they allow any EU-approved GMO to be used in their food chain. More...

Canadian rail freight volume dropped 5% in August. Drop reflects a decrease in loads of wheat, iron ore and concentrates and coal. More...

Dumping of certain steel line pipe from China injures Canadian industry. Anti-dumping and countervailing duties could soon be applicable to the goods under investigation. More...

EU and U.S. negotiators report progress in most areas of FTA talks. Latest offers reportedly cover 97 percent of tariff lines for both sides. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Flat Hot-rolled Carbon and Alloy Steel Sheet and Strip from Brazil, China, Chinese Taipei, India, and Ukraine. Re-investigation of the normal values, export prices and amount of subsidy
  • Memorandum D14-1-7 Assessment and Payment of Duties Under the Special Import Measures Act
  • Memorandum D8-2-8 Samples of Negligible Value (Tariff Items 9990.00.00 and 9991.00.00)
  • Memorandum D8-4-2 Reporting and Summary Accounting of Vehicle Repairs by Highway Carriers
  • Memorandum D4-2-1 Ships' Stores
  • Memorandum D4-3-2 Duty Free Shop - Licensing
  • Softwood Lumber Products Notice SWLN53 Surge Charge - Alberta Region (September 2015)
  • Notice to Importers No. 861 - Products of Natural Milk Constituents (Item 125 on the Import Control List)
  • Message to brokers - Notice to Importers No. 862 - Ice Cream and Ice Cream Novelties (Item 134 on the Import Control List)
  • Message to brokers - Notice to Importers No. 863 - Yogurt (Item 158 on the Import Control List)
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • CFIA: EU recognizes Canada's freedom from notifiable highly pathogenic avian influenza
  • CFIA Import Policy for Pet Food and Treats Containing Animal Products and By-Products. This policy has been extensively revised
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: Hong Kong - Mexico
  • WCO Modification to the Correlation Tables between the 2012 and 2017 editions of the Harmonized System. Subheadings 1605.54 and 1605.59U.S. User Fees for Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection Services - Increases to fees charged by USDA at U.S. ports of entry
  • U.S. User Fees for Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection Services - Increases to fees charged by USDA at U.S. ports of entry


October 23, 2015

Duties on flat steel sheet and strip from 5 coutries could expire in August 2016. Tribunal is seeking opinions on whether it should let the finding expire or conduct an expiry review. More...

Tribunal ends anti-dumping duties on greenhouse bell peppers from the Netherlands. The Tribunal found that resumed dumping would not result in injury to Canadian producers. More...

U.S. confirms punitive duties on Canadian supercalendered paper. The U.S. International Trade Commission will now determine if subsidies hurt U.S. industry. More...

Polyethylene terephthalate resin from Canada now subject to U.S. anti-dumping duty. The preliminary dumping margin was set at 13.29% for all Canadian exporters. More...

Australia, New Zealand lift some restrictions on Canadian poultry, eggs. The restrictions were put in place following the discovery of several cases of Avian Influenza in Canada. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 15-033 Canadian Automated Export Declaration (CAED) Program - 2016 Version Release
  • Memorandum D7-4-4 Customs Bonded Warehouses
  • Memorandum D8-2-9 Tariff Item No. 9815.00.00 - Charitable Goods
  • Memorandum D11-3-3 NAFTA Countries of Origin Marking Rules
  • Memorandum D11-6-4 Relief of Interest and/or Penalties Including Voluntary Disclosure
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • CFIA: New Zealand - Update on Avian Influenza (AI) outbreak
  • CFIA: Australia - Update on Avian Influenza (AI) outbreak
  • CITT Expiry No. LE-2015-002 Flat hot-rolled carbon and alloy steel sheet and strip originating in or exported from Brazil, China, Chinese Taipei, India and Ukraine. Notice of expiry of order
  • CITT Expiry No. RR-2014-005 Greenhouse bell peppers originating in or exported from the Netherlands. Tribunal rescinds its finding
  • Construction at Pacific Highway Port of Entry Commencing October 19, Expect Delays
  • U.S. CBP Cash deposit instructions for citric acid and certain citrate salts from Canada
  • Commerce Department finds countervailable subsidization of imports of supercalendered paper from Canada


October 16, 2015

Blanket certificates of origin need to be renewed for 2016. Most blanket certificates are filled-out to expire on December 31 and have to be renewed. More...

WTO reports sharp increase in ratifications of Trade Facilitation Agreement. Total adhesions are around 45 percent of the total needed to bring the TFA into force. More...

OECD indicators point to slowing growth momentum for members. Loss of growth momentum anticipated in the United Kingdom and the United States. More...

Export permit now required for softwood lumber exports to the U.S. The Canadian Government will monitor southbound shipments of softwood lumber products. More...

Tariff rate quota applications for beef and veal for 2016. Imports into Canada of beef and veal from non-FTA countries are subject to import controls. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA Form BSF597 Commercial Driver Registration Program Application
  • Softwood Lumber Products Notice SWLN51 Termination of the Export Charge
  • Softwood Lumber Products Notice SWLN52 Expiry of the Softwood Lumber Agreement
  • Notice to Exporters Serial No. 195 Monitoring Softwood Lumber Product Exports to the United States
  • DFATD Message to Importers: Turkey and Turkey Products TRQ Appl ications Availability & Deadline.
  • DFATD Message to Brokers: Eggs and Egg Products TRQ Applications Availability & Deadline.
  • Tariff Rate Quota for Beef and Veal - Deadline for 2016 Applications
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: Armenia - European Union
  • CITT Appeal Nos. AP-2014-013 and AP-2014-015 Classification of isolation gowns
  • U.S. CBP & Census Bureau Pipeline Clarification. Guidance on how penalties will be issued for reporting the incorrect date of export
  • U.S. CBP QB 16-105 Results of Specialty Sugar Period 1
  • U.S. CBP QB 16-103 Clarification of Exception Butter Import Safeguard Quota
  • Citric Acid and Certain Citrate Salts From Canada: Antidumping duty administrative review
  • Commerce Department preliminarily finds dumping of certain polyethylene terephthalate resin from Canada
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Amendment to clarify when component part testing can be used and which textile products have been determined not to exceed the allowable lead content limits


October 9, 2015

Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations conclude successfully. A new free trade area of 12 countries with a combined market of nearly 800 million people. More...

Canada's trade deficit climbed to $2.5 billion in August. Total exports declined 3.6 percent in August while imports increased by 0.2 percent. More...

EU adapts its ban on seal products trade to WTO rules. The WTO upheld the EU ban on trade in seal products, but found exceptions could have discriminatory effects. More...

WTO approves membership terms for Liberia, seven more LDCs are negotiating to join. Afghanistan, Bhutan, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Sao Tomι & Principe, and Sudan want to join WTO. More...

World Customs Organization helps create, improve customs laboratories. Labs are instrumental in ensuring proper tariff classification, determining origin, protecting consumers. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D2-6-7 Goods, Currency and Monetary Instruments Detained by the Canada Border Services Agency or Abandoned to the Crown - Use of Form BSF241, Non-monetary General Receipt
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA - Revised Annex A EU and New Certificate (OMIC) for EU Fresh Beef Exports to Canada
  • CFIA - Fee cap extended for certain animal health export certificates
  • CFIA - Japan Day-Old Chicks Trade Resumption
  • CFIA - Meat Hygiene Directives: Chapter 10 - European Union - Chapter 11 - European Union - United States
  • U.S. FSIS Directive 9780.1 - Verifying the Ongoing Equivalence of Foreign Food Safety Systems
  • U.S. CBP: Avoid Traffic Delays Due To Reconstruction At Rouses Point
  • U.S. CBP CSMS# 15-000744 - 2006 US-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement to Terminate, effective 10/13/2015
  • U.S. CBP CSMS# 15-000746 - Harmonized System Update (1507) created October 7, 2015
  • U.S. CBP QB 16-101 2016 Results for Refined Sugar Opening
  • U.S. CBP QB 16-102 2016 Butter / Cream Imports
  • USITC Begins Process to Change U.S. HTS Import Categories for certain fish, wood and wood products, and bed nets of warp knit fabric
  • U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Fee Increases for Overtime Services


October 2, 2015

Talks on environmental trade agreement progressed in September. A group of WTO members wants to eliminate tariffs on a broad list of green goods. More...

WTO reduces forecast for trade growth in 2015. Falling import demand, lower commodity prices push down trade growth prospects. More...

Canadian rail freight volume was up slightly in July. Statistics Canada reports that domestic freight increased 1.6% while freight from the United States fell 10.1%. More...

Growth in global air freight markets stabilized in August. The International Air Transport Association reports air freight volumes rose 0.2% compared to August 2014. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D2-5-2 Facilities for Passengers Transiting at Canadian International Airports
  • Memorandum D3-4-2 Highway Pre-arrival and Reporting Requirements
  • Memorandum D8-3-7 Administration of the Printed Material for Foreign Carriers Remission Order
  • Memorandum D10-0-2 Punctuation in the Customs Tariff
  • Memorandum D14-1-3 Re-determinations and Appeals Under the Special Import Measures Act
  • Memorandum D17-1-1 Documentation Requirements for Commercial Shipments
  • Softwood Lumber Products Export Charge Notice SWLN50 Surge Charge - Alberta Region (August 2015)
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2014-026 Classifiction of vanity cabinet, Eurostone base with sink
  • U.S. CBP Wild Horse Port to Resume Winter Hours


September 25, 2015

Reinvestigation of values and subsidies of copper pipe fittings from the U.S, Korea, China. Revised amounts could change rates of anti-dumping and countervailing duty. More...

Reminder: Imported wood packaging materials have to meet strict requirements. Shipments with wood packaging that do not meet the requirements are usually ordered removed from Canada. More...

Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement expires on October 12, 2015. The 2006 agreement put an end to persistent tariff disputes over softwood lumber trade. More...

Barley products and wheat products tariff rate quotas will be filled on October 16, 2015. The "over access commitment" rates of duty will be applicable until July 31, 2016. More...

CBSA still holds eManifest presentations for highway carriers. eManifest requires carriers to electronically send advance commercial information about shipments. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Copper pipe fittings from the United States, Korea and China. Notice of Re-investigation of the normal values, export prices and the amounts of subsidy
  • Memorandum D4-3-5 Duty Free Shop - Inventory Control and Sales Requirements
  • Memorandum D4-3-7 Duty Free Shop - Contraventions and Penalties
  • Memorandum D13-4-5 Transaction Value Method for Related Persons
  • Memorandum D19-7-2 Requirements Concerning the Importation and Exportation of Ozone-depleting Substances and Products
  • Notice to Importers Serial No. 872 Items 162 to 181 - Wheat Products. Tariff rate quota (TRQ) will be filled on October 16, 2015
  • Notice to Importers Serial No.:  871 Items 183 to 191 - Barley Products. Tariff rate quota (TRQ) will be filled on October 16, 2015
  • DFATD -Softwood Lumber exports to U.S. 21-09-2015 - Export allocations for companies in Option B regions will not be available on September 21, 2015
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • U.S. CBP: Construction at Pacific Highway and Sumas Ports of Entry Commencing Mid October, Expect Delays


September 18, 2015

Mandatory maritime container weight verification will take effect July 1, 2016. Every loaded container will need weight verification as a condition for loading aboard a vessel. More...

IATA's industry performance statistics show growing demand for air transport. In 2014 airlines transported around 35% of the total value of all goods traded internationally. More...

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...

European Union wants animal cloning ban extended to imports. European Parliament reinforced a proposal to ban the cloning of all farm animals. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D8-2-5 Application of the Foreign Aircraft Servicing Equipment Remission Order
  • DFATD -Softwood Lumber exports to U.S. 14-09-2015 - The Prevailing Monthly Price for October 2015 is US$ 313. Softwood Lumber Agreement is scheduled to expire on October 12th
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • U.S. CBP QB 15-131 2016 Raw Sugar
  • U.S. CBP QB 15-132 2016 Amended Refined Sugar Tariff Rate Quota
  • U.S. FDA takes important steps in modernizing the food safety system. FDA will be holding imported food to the same food safety standard as domestically produced food


September 11, 2015

CBSA finds steel plate from India and Russia is dumped and subsidized. Tribunal will now formally determine if the dumping and the subsidizing is causing prejudice to Canadian industry. More...

Sixteen countries have ratified the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. The Agreement contains provisions for expediting the movement, release and clearance of goods. More...

Tribunal maintains anti-dumping duty on certain whole potatoes from the United States. A resumption of the dumping would result in injury to Canadian producers. More...

Consultation on international phytosanitary measures standards. Agency seeks comments concerning some proposed changes to international standards. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Steel plate from India and Russia. Preliminary determinations of dumping and subsidizing
  • Memorandum D17-2-3 Importer Name/Account Number or Business Number Changes
  • Memorandum D14-1-8 Re-investigation Policy - Special Import Measures Act (SIMA)
  • Memorandum D8-2-10 Goods Returning to Canada Having Been Repaired Outside of Canada
  • Memorandum D8-2-26 Goods Returned After Repair or Alteration in the United States, Mexico, Chile, Israel or Another CIFTA Beneficiary, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, Jordan or Panama
  • Memorandum D8-2-4 Canadian Goods Abroad Program - Emergency Repairs
  • Memorandum D8-1-9 Application of the Imported Demonstration Aircraft Remission Order
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2015-001 Hot-rolled carbon steel plate and high-strength low-alloy steel plate originating in or exported from the Republic of India and the Russian Federation. Commencement of injury
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2014-004 Whole Potatoes from the U.S. for use or consumption in the province of British Columbia. Tribunal continues its order
  • U.S. FDA sets fees for issuing export certificates for animal food
  • Renovations Impact Ferry Point (ME) Crossing, Alternate Ports Available


September 4, 2015

Canada's trade deficit narrowed to $593 million in July. Strong exports of motor vehicles, consumer goods, as well as aircraft and transportation equipment. More...

Investigation into possible dumping of certain steel line pipe from China. Follows a complaint filed by manufacturers in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario. More...

CBSA's Marine Container Examination Program. What justifies the examination of a container and what are the responsibilities of each party? More...

OECD reports combined GDP growth of 0.4% in the second quarter of 2015. The United Kingdom and the United States recorded the highest GDP growth rates. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Notice of Initiation of Investigations - Certain carbon and alloy steel line pipe from China
  • Customs Notice 15-032 Contingency plan for system outages
  • Memorandum D8-2-11 Goods Returning to Canada After Being Altered or Worked on Outside Canada
  • Memorandum D20-1-1 Export Reporting
  • Memorandum D10-14-65 Tariff Classification of Decoy Calls
  • Memorandum D10-14-66 Tariff Classification of Certain Printed Flags and Banners
  • Memorandum D10-14-67 Tariff Classification of Porcelain or China Versus Other Ceramics
  • Memorandum D10-15-12 Interpretation of Tariff Item 9986.00.00 - Religious Articles
  • Memorandum D11-4-14 Certification of Origin Under Free Trade Agreements
  • Memorandum D14-1-2 Disclosure of Normal Values, Export Prices, and Amounts of Subsidy Established Under the Special Import Measures Act
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA Import Policy for Pet Food and Treats Containing Animal Products and By-Products. Amendments
  • CFIA Directive D-14-03 Phytosanitary import requirements for fresh and dried branches, roots, cones, foliage, flowers, lichens, mosses and artificial Christmas trees containing bark or wood intended for a use other than propagation and human consumption
  • Form CFIA/ACIA 5340 - Application for Registration Under the Canadian Heat Treated Wood Products Certification Program (HT Program) - D-13-01
  • CFIA: California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington are now free of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Imports are now permitted.
  • CFIA Has Reinstated the Eligibility of Uruguayan Establishment 85 to Export Meat Products to Canada
  • CFIA: Export of Meat to South Africa
  • CITT Initiates Inquiry - Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Line Pipe from China
  • CITT Appeal Nos. AP-2013-021 etc. Classification of certain styles of furniture


August 28, 2015

Canadian rail freight volume was down 2.4% in June. Statistics Canada reports that domestic freight declined 1.5% and freight from the United States fell 9.7%. 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...

Changes to CFIA pet food import policy. Certain pet food and treats from the U.S. will require a USDA-APHIS export certificate, import permits will no longer be required. More...

The little sample that could cost a fortune. Things that appear to have no importance can often turn out to be crucial. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D3-1-1 Policy Respecting the Importation and Transportation of Goods
  • Memorandum D10-14-32 Tariff Classification of Pizza Kits
  • Memorandum D11-04-22 Tariff Preference Levels
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • Changes to CFIA Pet Food Import Policy will be implemented on September 1st, 2015
  • CFIA: Canadian Heat Treatment Wood Products Certification Program (HT Program) Date modified: 2015-08-24
  • CFIA Directive D-13-01 Canadian Heat Treated Wood Products Certification Program (HT Program)
  • CFIA Directive D-13-02 Requirements for the Evaluation and Recognition of Third Party Auditors
  • CFIA Directive D-94-26 Phytosanitary import requirements for root crops (other than potato), mushrooms, and vegetables with attached roots for consumption or processing
  • CFIA Restriction on imports from US States affected by Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Indiana is now free of HPAI
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2011-014 Whether certain new radial truck tires are entitled to preferential United States Tariff rate
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2014-025 Whether the goods in issue comply with the "direct shipment" requirement on which GPT treatment is conditional
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2014-003 Certain photovoltaic modules and laminates from China. Reasons issued


August 21, 2015

U.S. argues for much lower Canadian retaliation duties in WTO meat labeling dispute.. The WTO Arbitrator will hold meetings with the parties on September 15-16 in Geneva. More...

Australia will introduce new country of origin food labelling rules next year. New detailed system to say where the food was produced, grown, made or packaged. More...

CFIA issues new plant health requirements to prevent the introduction of plant pests. New policies aim to prevent the import of plant pests and streamline the import permit process. More...

International Chamber of Commerce calls for harmonized non-preferential rules of origin. Rules of origin implemented in the country of manufacture should be accepted by the country of import. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Steel Grating from China - Initiation of Expiry Review Investigation
  • Customs Notice 15-031 Update to the Implementation of the Single Window Initiative
  • Memorandum D3-1-3 Commercial Importation of Intoxicating Liquors
  • Memorandum D3-1-5 International Commercial Transportation
  • Memorandum D3-1-8 Cargo – Export Movements
  • Memorandum D3-6-6 Rail Pre-arrival and Reporting Requirements
  • Memorandum D3-7-1 CBSA Marine Operations – Cargo Containers Used in International Service
  • Memorandum D11-8-6 Interpretation of Section 3 of the Imported Goods Records Regulations
  • CRA Form B256 Excise Act, 2001 - Application for Refund/Deduction
  • DFATD -Softwood Lumber exports to U.S. - Export measures will apply from September 1st to 30th
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA Notice to industry: New plant health requirements to prevent the introduction and spread of plant pests in Canada
  • CFIA Directive D-12-02 Import Requirements for Potentially Injurious Organisms (Other than Plants) to Prevent the Importation of Plant Pests in Canada
  • CFIA Directive D-12-03 Domestic Requirements for Potentially Injurious Organisms (Other than Plants) to Prevent the Spread of Plant Pests Within Canada
  • CFIA Restriction on imports from US States affected by Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Arkansas and Montana are now free of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)
  • CFIA - Vesicular stomatitis - Countries that Canada recognizes as being free from the disease


August 14, 2015

Dumping of steel plate from India and Russia injures Canadian industry. Anti-dumping and countervailing duties could soon be applicable to the goods under investigation. More...

Ottawa simplifies export of military goods and technology to certain countries. Foreign Affairs issues general export permit for dual-use goods and technology to certain destinations. More...

Tribunal to review expiry of duties on steel grating from China. Finding is scheduled to expire in April 2016 unless Tribunal decides to maintain it. More...

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...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D3-4-2 Highway Pre-arrival and Reporting Requirements
  • Memorandum D8-1-4 Administrative Procedures Related to Form E29B, Temporary Admission Permit
  • Notice to Exporters Serial No. 194 General Export Permit - Dual-use Goods and Technology to Certain Destinations
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • European Union adopts new phytosanitary requirements for the export of wood from host species of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALHB)
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: MHD 2015-14 Chapter 11 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures - Section 11.7.3 - Kazakhstan
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2015-001 Steel Grating from China
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2015-001 Hot-rolled carbon steel plate and high-strength low-alloy steel plate from India and Russia. Preliminary determination of injury
  • U.S. CBP: Liberalization of Certain Documentary Evidence Required as Proof of Exportation on Drawback Claims


August 7, 2015

Trans-Pacific Partnership could be finalized later this month. Trade ministers met in Hawaii last week but were unable to reach a final agreement. More...

Canada, U.S. and Mexico will expand trusted traveler programs. New agreement will make it easier for eligible travelers to apply for another country's expedited screening programs. More...

Climbing exports of manufactured goods cut down trade deficit. Canada's trade deficit with the world narrowed from $3.4 billion in May to $476 million in June. More...

Growth in global air freight markets slowed down in June. The International Air Transport Association reports air freight volumes rose 1.2% compared to June 2014. More...

Canada ratifies international agreement on wine labelling. The agreement reduces compliance costs for producing labels that meet the requirements of various export markets. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 15-030 Interim eManifest Requirements Respecting Empty Highway and Rail Conveyances and In-transit Highway and Rail Conveyances
  • Memorandum D3-2-1 Air Pre-arrival and Reporting Requirements
  • Memorandum D3-5-1 Marine Pre-load/Pre-arrival and Reporting Requirements
  • Certain Seamless Casing, Certain Oil Country Tubular Goods and Certain Pup Joints. The CBSA extended the conclusion of the re-investigation 75 days
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • Certain Polyethylene Terephthalate Resin from Canada, the People's Republic of China, India, and the Sultanate of Oman


July 31, 2015

WTO members reach deal to remove duty on several information technology goods. List includes new-generation semi-conductors, GPS navigation systems, telecom satellites, touch screens. More...

U.S. sets punitive duties on Canadian supercalendered paper. Commerce Department announces affirmative determination in countervailing duty investigation. More...

European Union will homogenize customs procedures. Commission wants to create a simpler, more modern and integrated EU customs system. More...

U.S. Senate bill would make meat labeling "voluntary". New law would repeal the COOL mandatory meat labelling system and create a new voluntary system. 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...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 15-029 - Container Bank Program (CBP)
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA Removes Final Avian Influenza Control Zone in Ontario
  • CFIA Directive D-06-04 Seed Potato Quality Management Program (SPQMP)
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: MHD 2015-13 Chapter 11 - Ukraine - 11.7.3 (2015-07-23)
  • USDA Announces Changes to Dairy Import Licensing Program - U.S. Department of Agriculture


July 24, 2015

Canada and Israel announce enhancements to free trade agreement. Modernizing market access, rules of origin, institutional provisions and dispute settlement. More...

WTO concerned by increase in trade-restrictive measures. Over 100 new trade-restrictive measures were put in place in the past seven months. More...

Wheat and barley tariff rate quotas reopen on August 1, 2015. Quotas for wheat, barley, wheat products and barley products covered by the Import Control List. More...

New consultations on the WTO Environmental Goods Agreement Negotiations. Ottawa is seeking views regarding the potential tariff elimination on new products. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 15-028 Mandatory electronic notification of cargo at sufferance warehouses
  • Customs Notice 15-027 Mandatory electronic notification of conveyance arrival (air, marine and rail)
  • Customs Notice 15-026 Arctic Shipping Electronic Commercial Clearances Program
  • CBSA reminds travellers about restrictions on poultry imports from certain U.S. states
  • Softwood Lumber Products Export Charge Notice SWLN49 Surge Charge - Alberta Region (June 2015)
  • DFATD Message to Industry: Wheat, Barley, Wheat Products and Barley Products Tariff Rate Quotas 2015-2016
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA Removes First Avian Influenza Control Zone
  • CFIA Updates to areas regulated for Emerald ash borer. Appendix 1 of Directive D-03-08
  • Transport Canada's Air Cargo Security Program - Shipper fact sheet


July 17, 2015

Canada and Ukraine conclude a free trade agreement. The two countries will now complete their respective domestic processes to put the Agreement in force. More...

U.S. to host Trans-Pacific Partnership trade ministers' meeting in Hawaii. Late July ministerial will be preceded by a meeting of TPP Chief Negotiators. More...

Certain steel grating from China assigned new values. Revision may result in a change to duties being assessed on importations of these goods. More...

Reinvestigation of values and subsidies of steel sheet and strip from 5 countries. Revised amounts could change rates of anti-dumping and countervailing duty. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Steel Grating from China. New normal values, export prices and amounts of subsidy
  • Flat Hot-rolled Carbon and Alloy Steel Sheet and Strip from Brazil, China, Chinese Taipei, India and Ukraine. Re-investigation of values, export prices and subsidy
  • Reminder: eManifest Requirements for Highway Carriers. From July 10, 2015 zero-rated penalties for non-compliance
  • DFATD -Softwood Lumber exports to U.S. - Export measures will apply from August 1st to 31st
  • DFATD Export Controls Handbook - Revised June 2015
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures (MOP) Chapter 11 - Introduction - Ractopamine-free Programs - Export requirements
  • CFIA Directive D-02-04 The Blueberry Certification Program and domestic phytosanitary requirements to prevent the spread of blueberry maggot (Rhagoletis mendax) within Canada
  • CFIA Directive D-08-04 Plant protection import requirements for plants and plant parts for planting
  • CFIA Notice to industry - expansion of regulated area for blueberry maggot


July 10, 2015

Tribunal finds dumping of chinese photovoltaic modules and laminates threatens domestic industry. Anti-dumping and countervailing duties now apply to the subject goods. More...

Additions to the verification priorities of the Canada Border Services Agency. Certain commodities are targeted for verification of origin, tariff classification and value for duty. More...

FTA with the European Union will add $1.4 billion to Canadian exports by 2022. Conference Board publication outlines sectors that are expected to benefit the most. More...

Canadian trade deficit grew to $3.3 billion in May. Exports declined 0.6% to $42.0 billion while imports edged up 0.2% to $45.3 billion. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA Trade Compliance Verifications July 2015
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2014-003 Certain photovoltaic modules and laminates from China. Finding issued. Tribunal finds that the dumping and subsidizing are threatening to cause injury to the domestic industry


July 3, 2015

Talks on environmental trade agreement progressed in June. A group of WTO members wants to eliminate tariffs on a broad list of green goods. More...

Approved shippers will soon be able to screen air cargo. New rules will reduce delays and costs associated with shipping air cargo on passenger aircraft. More...

Canada announces additional sanctions against Russia, Crimea. New sanctions include a ban on imports and exports from and to the Crimea region of Ukraine. More...

Canadian exporters more confident about international opportunities. EDC survey respondents find low Canadian dollar and U.S. economy resurgence help exports. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 15-025 GST Status Code "57" to Include Certain Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Customs Notice 15-024 Amendments to the Departmental Consolidation of the Customs Tariff
  • Customs Notice 15-023 Interim eManifest Requirements Respecting Empty Highway and Rail Conveyances and In-transit Highway and Rail Conveyances
  • Memorandum D8-2-1 Canadian Goods Abroad Program
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • New WCO Guide to Customs Valuation and Transfer Pricing


June 26, 2015

Duties on steel grating from China could expire in April 2016. Tribunal is seeking opinions on whether it should let the finding expire or conduct an expiry review. More...

Canada implements United Nations sanctions on South Sudan. UN sanctions follow the enforcement of other Canadian sanctions in October 2014. More...

CBSA finds dumping would resume if duties expired on sugar from the U.S. and Europe. Tribunal will now determine whether the expiry is likely to result in injury to Canadian industry. More...

WTO reports modest growth of world trade in first quarter of 2015. World exports increased by 0.4% in the first quarter of this year while imports grew by 0.9%. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Refined sugar from the United States, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands the United Kingdom, and the European Union. Expiry Review Decision
  • Customs Notice 15-022 New Import Prohibitions and Requirements for Commercial Importers of Aquatic Species and for Travellers Under the Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations
  • Customs Notice 15-021 Amendments to the Departmental Consolidation of the Customs Tariff
  • Customs Tariff 2015 - T2015-1
  • Memorandum D10-14-37 Determining the Composition of Uppers of Footwear
  • Memorandum D8-3-8 Canadian Civil Aircraft, Canadian Aircraft Engines and Flight Simulators Repaired Abroad
  • Softwood Lumber Products Export Charge Notice SWLN48, Surge Charge - Alberta Region (May 2015)
  • Canada implements UN sanctions on South Sudan
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA: Importing horses from the United States
  • Ratification of UPOV'91. Canada has ratified the UPOV '91 treaty to improve the plant variety protection system.
  • CITT Expiry No. LE-2015-001 Steel grating from China.
  • WCO: Consequential amendments following the Harmonized System 2017 amendments.
  • Citric Acid and Certain Citrate Salts From Canada and China: Continuation of the Antidumping Duty Orders


June 19, 2015

Australia and China formally sign free trade agreement. Both countries are working on final steps to bring the Agreement into force as soon as possible. More...

U.S. maneuvers to delay punitive Canadian duties on American goods. U.S. is seeking WTO arbitration on the amount of damages caused to Canadian producers. More...

Ottawa introduces regulations to address aquatic invasive species. The new regulations prohibit the import, possession, transport and release of significant risk species. More...

Consultations on allowing exports of automatic firearms to Ukraine. The Federal Government wants to add Ukraine to the the Automatic Firearms Country Control List. More...

Export certification and inspection fees for aquatic animals, fish and seafood. CFIA reminds exporters that separate fees are charged for inspection and for certification. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Notice of Ways and Means Motion Concerning GST/HST and Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Softwood Lumber exports to U.S. - Export measures will apply from July 1st to 31st
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA Updates to areas regulated for North American gypsy moth
  • CFIA Update to the list of Fish Import Program - Inspection Offices
  • CFIA Import Policies - Pet Food
  • CFIA Directive Phytosanitary requirements to prevent the spread of Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica, in Canada and the United States
  • CFIA: Export certification and inspection fees for aquatic animals, fish and seafood products
  • Competition Bureau invites feedback on CA Identification Number Service Standards (Label of a consumer textile article in place of a name)
  • U.S. FDA takes step to remove artificial trans fats in processed foods
  • U.S. CPSC Approves New Safety Rule for Seasonal and Decorative Lights


June 12, 2015

Investigation into possible dumping of certain steel plate from India and Russia. The investigation follows complaints filed by a manufacturer from Ontario. More...

U.S. takes first step to avoid punitive Canadian duties on American goods. Following House vote the Senate will now have to introduce and approve a COOL repeal law. More...

St. Lawrence Seaway tonnage down despite rises in grain and general cargo. Grain shipments through the Seaway are up 7% this season, continuing the pace set last year. More...

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

OECD warns of persistently weak global recovery. Global growth in the first quarter of 2015 was weaker than in any quarter since the crisis. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Hot-rolled carbon steel plate and high-strength low-alloy steel plate from India and Russia
  • CBSA - SIMA - Greehouse bell peppers from the Netherlands. Expiry Review Decision
  • CBSA and the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games
  • Memorandum D8-2-3 Application of the Non-commercial Importations Remission Order
  • Memorandum D10-17-40 Tariff Classification of Woven Chenille Fabrics
  • Memorandum D17-1-11 Private Printing Policy and Procedures
  • Memorandum D19-6-1 Administration of the Explosives Act
  • DFATD: Powdered Whey Tariff Rate Quota - Deadline for Applications for the 2015-2016 Allocation
  • DFATD: Specialty Creams Tariff Rate Quota - Deadline for Applications for the 2015-16 Allocation
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: MHD 2015-11 Chapter 17 - Annex G - Game meat Preparation
  • CFIA Update to the list of Fish Import Program - Inspection Offices
  • CFIA Notice to Industry - Declaration of freedom from Notifiable Avian Influenza for British Columbia
  • WCO Classification Decisions - lastest Session of the Harmonized System Committee
  • Citric Acid and Certain Citrate Salts from Canada. The U.S. Department of Commerce review of the antidumping duty order
  • Revisions to the Electronic Submission of the Import Request of Shell Eggs
  • New FDA Program Will Benefit Both Importers and Consumers. New fee-based program for the expedited review and importation of foods
  • U.S. GAO Report - Electronic Cigarettes


June 5, 2015

Some U.S. goods may soon be subject to new customs duties. Ottawa seeks to impose over $3 billion in retaliatory measures against U.S. exports to Canada. More...

CBSA finds photovoltaic modules and laminates from China are dumped and subsidized. Tribunal will now determine if the dumping and the subsidizing are harming Canadian industry. More...

Canada's trade deficit narrows to $3 billion in April. The April deficit, the seventh in a row, was the second largest in history after the $3.9 billion reported in March. More...

Consultations on free trade negotiations with the Philippines. Ottawa is seeking views from key stakeholders and the provinces to help identify opportunities and challenges. More...

Two new Foreign Trade Zones created in Alberta. Port Alberta, which serves the Edmonton region, and the Calgary Region Inland Port, have been designated FTZ Points. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Photovoltaic Modules and Laminates from China. Final determinations of dumping and subsidy
  • Memorandum D4-3-4 Duty Free Shop - Operational Responsibilities
  • Memorandum D10-14-39 Canadian Diamonds Exported and Returned
  • Canada Seeks WTO Authorization in Response to Country of Origin Labelling
  • Consultations on potential free trade agreement negotiations with the Philippines
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • WTO's Appellate Body report on COOL (Country of origin labelling) disputes adopted
  • Seal products: internal market MEPs strengthen EU trade ban


May 29, 2015

WTO's dispute settlement body had a very busy year in 2014. The Organization had to reallocate resources to provide additional support staff. More...

Peace Bridge summer improvement projects will not impact traffic. Bridge authority will widen Canadian plaza approach, re-deck bridge & create scenic overlook. More...

Canadian rail freight volume continued to climb in March. Country's railways carried a total of 30.9 million tonnes in March, up 5.6% from the same month last year. More...

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

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D7-4-3 NAFTA Requirements for the Duty Drawback and the Duties Relief Programs
  • Softwood Lumber Products Export Charge Notice SWLN47 Surge Charge - Alberta Region
  • Tax resources for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA: Testing requirements for corn intended for livestock feed imported from India. Effective immediately CFIA will be detaining all incoming shipments
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: MHD 2015-10 Chapter 11 - China - Annex 1.1 (2015-05-08)
  • CFIA Update: Meat and Poultry Products Manual of Procedures Chapter 11 United States of America Annex B
  • CFIA Update: Temporary Certificate for Exports of Fish to Lebanon
  • CFIA: Refuse entry for live Ostrea chilensis (Chilean flat oyster) from New Zealand
  • Citric Acid and Certain Citrate Salts from Canada and China. USITC maintains countervailing and antidumping duty order


May 22, 2015

Three rounds of talks on the environmental trade agreement were held so far this year. A group of WTO members wants to eliminate tariffs on a broad list of green goods. More...

WTO Appellate Body finds U.S. meat labelling rules violate trade obligations. Canada and Mexico are seeking authorization to take retaliatory measures against U.S. exports. More...

The new Windsor-Detroit bridge will honour hockey legend Gordie Howe. The Gordie Howe International Bridge is expected to be completed and in service in 2020. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 15-020 Update to CBSA Break-bulk Exemption - Advance Commercial Information (ACI) Timeframes for Transmission of Break-bulk Cargo - Pre-arrival Marine Mode
  • D15 Memoranda - Special Import Measures Act - Investigations. The D-15 series of memoranda has been eliminated
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA Directive D-07-05 Phytosanitary requirements to prevent the introduction and spread of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (Adelges tsugae Annand) from the United States and within Canada
  • CFIA: Restriction on imports from US States affected by Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)
  • CFIA Directive TAHD-DSAT-IE-2010-17-1 Import of used equipment and things from non-designated countries (that is, not free of diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease)
  • CFIA Update to the certificate requirements for fish, frogs, crustacea, molluscs, gastropods and their products destined for import in Moldova


May 15, 2015

Resumption of WTO talks to remove duty on information technology goods. The negotiations for expanding the ITA coverage came close to conclusion last December. More...

Canada and the Philippines are considering free trade talks. The two countries announced the launch of exploratory discussions for a free trade agreement. More...

Goods that could be used to make certain weapons are subject to export controls. Exporters are to apply for an export permit if they have any knowledge goods could be used for WMD purposes. More...

OECD indicators point to a stable growth momentum for members. Organization reports signs of easing growth momentum in the United States and Canada. More...

Requests for duty removal on spectacle lenses, aluminum cans and wooden handles. The Department of Finance is reviewing requests for the removal of customs duties. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D10-17-38 Administrative Policy - Tariff Classification of Marble and Granite Blocks and Slabs
  • Memorandum D11-4-2 Proof of Origin of Imported Goods
  • Customs Notice 15-019 Mandatory electronic notification of conveyance arrival (air, marine and rail)
  • Customs Notice 15-018 Mandatory electronic notification of cargo arrival at sufferance warehouses
  • DFATD -Softwood Lumber exports to U.S. - Export measures will apply from June 1st to 30th
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA: Update - Import Guide for Trade Show and Exhibitions in Canada
  • CFIA: China - Fish export list
  • WCO publishes the Correlation Tables between the 2012 version and the 2017 version of the Harmonized System


May 8, 2015

eManifest requirement is now mandatory for highway and rail carriers. eManifest requires carriers to electronically transmit advance shipment information. More...

Reinvestigation of values and subsidies of seamless casing, oil country goods and pup joints. Revised amounts could change rates of anti-dumping and countervailing duty. More...

China ends export tax and restrictions on rare earths. The World Trade Organisation ruled last year against China's export restrictions and duties on rare earths. More...

Canada's trade deficit climbs to $3.0 billion in March. Imports increased 2.2 percent while exports only edged up 0.4 percent. More...

WTO Members consult with Ukraine on its import surcharges. Surcharge of 5% to 10% meant to deal with "exceptional conditions" affecting its balance of payments. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Important update on eManifest regulations
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Seamless Casing, Certain Oil Country Tubular Goods and Certain Pup Joints from China. Re-investigation of the normal values, export prices and amounts of subsidy
  • Customs Notice 15-017 Permanent Importations Using the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Remission Order
  • Customs Notice 15-016 Temporary Importations Using the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Remission Order
  • Customs Notice 15-015 Clarification of Requirements for Non-resident Vessels in Canada for Storage or Repair
  • Customs Notice 15-014 Implementation of the Single Window Initiative
  • Memorandum D10-15-11 Sports Goods of Tariff Item 9984.00.00
  • CFIA - List of Establishments Approved to Export Live or Raw Molluscan Shellfish from France to Canada
  • CFIA: Update on domestic low-level GM presence policy development
  • CFIA List of Exporters of Live Lobster and Lobster Tomalley Products to Japan
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • U.S. CBP Advises of Construction at Eastport, Idaho Port of Entry


May 1, 2015

Tribunal to determine if anti-dumping duties on reinforcing bar are in public interest. Home builders in British Columbia claim that the duties are hurting the market in their province. More...

Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations were held last week in Maryland. Market access, intellectual property, rules of origin and textiles were among the topics discussed. More...

Canadian rail freight volume up sharply in February. Country's railways carried a total of 25.7 million tonnes in February, up 7.2% from the same month last year. More...

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

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D13-3-5 Treatment of Transportation Costs for Goods Delivered to a Location Outside of Canada for Subsequent Importation
  • Memorandum D13-3-4 Place of Direct Shipment
  • CBSA - SIMA - Whole Potatoes from the U.S. for use or consumption in the province of British Columbia. Expiry Review Decision
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA Directive D-14-03, May 27, 2015 Phytosanitary import requirements for fresh and dried branches, roots, foliage, flowers, lichens and mosses intended for a use other than propagation and human consumption
  • CFIA Directive D-95-09: Repealed - Importation of Dried Plant Material
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: MHD 2015-09 Chapter 11 - Dominican Republic
  • CITT Public Interest Inquiry No. PB-2014-001 Concrete reinforcing bar from China, the Republic of Korea and Turkey
  • USDA FSIS Directive 9510.1 Importation of Inedible Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products


April 24, 2015

U.S. customs determines that pre-inspection pilot project was a success. Placement of customs inspectors from one country into the other's territory faciliates the flow of goods. More...

EDC forecasts surging U.S. demand will fuel Canadian export growth. Industrial capacity constraints within the U.S. will be a key driver of global economic growth over the next two years. More...

European countries will decide individually whether to allow imports of GMOs. EU member states will decide if they allow any EU-approved GMO to be used in their food chain. More...

U.S. increases assessment rate for honey packers and importers. Increasing the assessment rate from $0.01 per pound to $0.015 per pound on honey and honey products. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 15-013 Changes to Transport Canada's Pre-clearance Program - Appendix G
  • Memorandum D10-14-51 Tariff Classification Policy: Tariff Item 9948.00.00. Revised, see memorandum
  • Memorandum D11-8-6 Interpretation of Section 3 of the Imported Goods Records Regulations. Revised, see memorandum
  • Memorandum D11-8-5 Conditional Relief Tariff Items. Revised, see memorandum
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA - Update to Meat Export Lists (China, Japan)
  • CFIA - Update to the guidance document Importing Live and Raw Molluscan Shellfish
  • Wild Animal and Plant Trade Regulations - To ensure that Canada's regulatory framework is aligned with that of other Parties to CITES


April 17, 2015

Canada and Chile add new chapter to FTA, modify rules of origin. New chapter on sanitary and phytosanitary measures, changes to government procurement. More...

Global trade will keep growing slowly according to WTO economists. Volume of world merchandise trade will rise from 2.8% in 2014 to 3.3% in 2015 and 4% in 2016. More...

International Chamber of Commerce calls for a reduction of protectionist measures. The global stock of protectionist measures has continued to increase over the past year. More...

Reminder: Goods contaminated with soil are refused entry at the border. Vehicles, equipment and other goods that are contaminated with soil are not admissible into Canada. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 15-012 Follow-up Notice to the Public Works and Government Services Canada's Cheque Standardization Initiative
  • Customs Notice 15-011 Marine Mode Carrier Code Eligibility
  • Customs Notice 15-010 Streamlining low-value payments to and from the Government of Canada
  • Customs Notice 15-009 Highway Sufferance Warehouse Closure and Licence Opportunity (Chicoutimi, QC)
  • Memorandum D11-5-13 Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement (CHFTA) Rules of Origin
  • Memorandum D8-2-6 The Outward Processing Remission Order (Textiles and Apparel) Program
  • DFATD -Softwood Lumber exports to U.S. 13-04-2015 - Export measures will apply from May 1st to 31st
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA: New cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in the state of Iowa
  • CFIA Update on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza - State of Montana
  • CFIA Update on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza - Suspended imports for the State of North Dakota
  • CFIA Update on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza - Suspended imports for the State of Wisconsin
  • CFIA Update to the list of Fish Import Program - Inspection Offices - Montreal
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: MHD 2015-06 Chapter 10 - China - Annex A
  • U.S. CBP HPAI Restrictions for Avian Commodities Originating From and Transiting Through the Province of Ontario, Canada
  • U.S.CBP QB 15 - 125 Results Specialty Sugar Period 4
  • USITC Votes to Continue Investigation on Supercalendered Paper from Canada


April 10, 2015

Oil country tubular goods from 9 countries now subject to anti-dumping duties. Taiwan, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam. More...

U.S. could apply punitive duties on Canadian polyethylene terephthalate resin. Department of Commerce initiates anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations. More...

Canada's trade deficit dropped below $1 billion in February. Country's trade deficit narrowed to $984 million as imports declined 0.7% and exports were up 0.4%. More...

Seychelles to become the 161st member of the WTO. Organization's members had officially approved Seychelles' accession in December. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 15-008 Clarification of the Business Number Requirements for Exporters
  • Memorandum D10-15-24 Tariff Item No. 9979.00.00 - Goods Specifically Designed to Assist Persons With Disabilities
  • Memorandum D13-4-13 Post-importation Payments or Fees "Subsequent Proceeds" (Customs Act, Section 48)
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA - Restriction on live birds, eggs, raw poultry products, raw pet foods from Montana, South Dakota, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Minnesota, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington
  • CFIA - Expanded regulated area for brown spruce longhorn beetle
  • CFIA Meat and Poultry Products - Manual of Procedures Chapter 11 - Section 11.7.3.2.2 - China Export Requirements
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2014-002 Oil country tubular goods from Chinese Taipei, the Republic of India, the Republic of Indonesia, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Republic of Turkey, Ukraine and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Tribunal finds threat of injury
  • New EU meat labelling rules applicable from April 1st
  • FDA Proposes to Amend Regulation on Registration of Food Facilities
  • 2015 Rates Charged for AMS Services. USDA Agricultural Marketing Service


April 2, 2015

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

U.S. wants WTO to look into antidumping duty "evasion services". The problem has become more pervasive and the parties have become more brazen in their activities. More...

Blue Water Bridge resurfacing project will affect border traffic. The international crossing's westbound span will be closed for the duration of the project. More...

CBSA's eManifest presentations for highway carriers. eManifest will require all carriers to electronically send advance commercial information about their shipments. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Steel Grating from China. Notice of Re-investigation of the normal values, export prices and amounts of subsidy
  • Memorandum D11-4-31 Uniform Regulations - Chapter Four of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA)
  • Memorandum D6-2-6 Refund of Duties and Taxes on Non-commercial Importations
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA Directive D-07-03 Phytosanitary Import Requirements to Prevent the Entry of Epiphyas postvittana (light brown apple moth)
  • CFIA - Update to a Document for Product Inspection of Imported Fish
  • CFIA - Update on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza - Suspended imports for the ENTIRE State of Minnesota
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives:
    - MHD 2015-05 Chapter 11 - Belarus - 11.7.3 (2015-02-19)
    - MHD 2015-03 Chapter 10 - Uruguay- Annex A (2015-03-10)
  • U.S. CBP: Terminology and Methods for Marking of Country of Origin on U.S. Imports


March 27, 2015

Canada restores preferential tariff treatments for Burma. The country's eligibility for the GPT and LDCT preferential tariff treatments had been cancelled in 1997. More...

WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement adoption going ahead in several countries. Agreement will streamline customs procedures across the globe and increase transparency. More...

U.S. could apply punitive duties on Canadian supercalendered paper. Department of Commerce initiates a countervailing duty investigation on paper from Canada. More...

Canadian rail freight volume down slightly in first month of the year. Volume of rail freight totalled 25.8 million tonnes in January, down 1.3% from the same month last year. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D8-2-25 Canadian Vessels Repaired or Altered in the United States, Mexico, Chile, Israel or Another CIFTA Beneficiary, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, Jordan, Panama, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland or Norway
  • Customs Notice 15-007 Temporary importations using the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games Remission Order
  • Customs Notice 15-006 Permanent importations using the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games Remission Order
  • Refund of Duties Regulations - To change the period of time for submitting a claim for a refund of duties paid on Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) eligible goods from one to four years
  • Schedule to the Customs Tariff (Extension of General Preferential Tariff to Burma) - Order Amending
  • Schedule to the Customs Tariff (Extension of Least Developed Country Tariff to Burma) - Order Amending
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • Implementation of CFIA Horticulture Plant List. A new approach to issuing import permits for commonly traded plants intended for planting and propagation
  • CFIA Update of Potato Inspection Manual. Revised United States import requirements for quality of red-skinned round type potatoes
  • CFIA Update to the EU requirements for shellfish
  • Supercalendered Paper From Canada: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation
  • USDA-FSIS Notice 20-15 - Survey of Products Exported to Canada
  • USDA- FSIS Notice 19-15 - Requirement for a Special Certification Statement for Export of Raw Poultry and Raw Poultry Product to Canada


March 20, 2015

Canada and the United States sign a preclearance agreement. The objective of preclearance is to improve and expedite the flow of legitimate trade. More...

Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations were held last week in Hawaii. Market access, intellectual property, rules of origin, and textiles where among the topics discussed. More...

EU and Japan hold 9th round of trade talks to consolidate negotiation texts. The round covered most of the areas to be included in the future agreement. 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

  • Memorandum D2-5-2 Facilities for Passengers Transiting at Canadian International Airports
  • Memorandum D7-2-3 Obsolete or Surplus Goods
  • Memorandum D7-4-1 Duties Relief Program
  • Memorandum D8-2-19 Application of the Investigation Drugs, Placebos and Emergency Drugs Remission Order
  • Memorandum D11-4-20 Procedures for Verifications of Origin Under a Free Trade Agreement
  • Customs Notice 15-005 Highway Sufferance Warehouse Closure (Prince Rupert, British Columbia)
  • EICS Message - April 2015 Softwood Lumber Quotas Now Available
  • CFIA Update to the status of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in the United States
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2012-009 Classification of  meat and edible offal of the poultry
  • U.S. CBP Recommended Seal Procedures Including Best Practices
  • USDA/FSIS - Effective Date for Foreign Inspection Certificate Requirements


March 13, 2015

WTO panels established to rule on Canada-China and Taiwan-Canada disputes. Cellulose dissolving pulp from Canada and steel pipe from China subject to anti-dumping duties. More...

China's new long-term visa will benefit Canadian business people. The new visa, valid for up to 10 years, will ease travel, reduce costs and cut down on delays. 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...

Canada's trade deficit widened to $2.5 billion in January. Exports declined 2.8% in January while imports were largely unchanged from December. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D10-14-64 Tariff Classification of Goods Using Bluetooth Technology
  • Memorandum D11-4-4 Rules of Origin Respecting the General Preferential Tariff and Least Developed Country Tariff
  • Memorandum D11-5-12 Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) Rules of Origin
  • CBSA - SIMA - Preliminary Decisions Respecting Certain Photovoltaic Modules and Laminates
  • Softwood Lumber exports to U.S. - The Prevailing Monthly Price for April 2015 is US$ 352. As such, export measures will apply from April 1st to 30th
  • Notice to Exporters Serial No. 868 Softwood Lumber Exports to the United States: 2015 Export Allocation Methodologies
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations - Regulations Amending
  • Special Economic Measures (Ukraine) Regulations - Regulations Amending
  • CFIA removes Avian Influenza Primary Control Zone in British Columbia. There continue to be international restrictions
  • CFIA Notice to Industry - Mandatory identification and reporting requirements for pigs and farmed wild boars
  • CFIA - Restrictions on live birds, eggs, raw poultry products, raw pet foods from Missouri, Minnesota, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2014-003 Certain photovoltaic modules and laminates from China. Notice of commencement of inquiry
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2014-003 Certain photovoltaic modules and laminates from China. Reasons


March 6, 2015

CBSA finds photovoltaic modules and laminates from China are dumped and subsidized. Tribunal will now formally determine if the dumping and the subsidizing is causing prejudice to Canadian industry. More...

Final determinations of dumping on oil country tubular goods from 9 countries. Tribunal will determine if the dumping is causing damage to Canadian producers. More...

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

Global air cargo starts the new year with moderate growth. IATA statistics shows a 3.2% expansion in freight tonne kilometers in January 2015. More...

Cheques from the Federal Government no longer include a stub. Cheque Standardization Initiative to save taxpayers money, reduce amount of paper. More...

China restricts imports of Canadian beef following BSE discovery. The CFIA is continuing its investigation and keeps Canada's trading partners informed. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 15-004 Public Works and Government Services Canada's Cheque Standardization Initiative
  • Memorandum D2-5-12 Telephone Reporting for General Aviation and Marine Pleasure Craft
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain Oil Country Tubular Goods originating in or exported from Chinese Taipei, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam. Final Decisions
  • CFIA - Updates to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in Alberta. China has imposed temporary trade restrictions
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2014-003 Oil country tubular goods originating in or exported from China. Tribunal continues its findings
  • Supercalendered Paper from Canada. International Trade Commission - preliminary phase countervailing duty investigation
  • How do I know if my product is regulated by FDA?


February 27, 2015

Taiwan wants WTO panel to rule on Canada's anti-dumping measures on steel pipe. Claims the anti-dumping measures imposed by Canada are inconsistent with WTO obligations. More...

Tajikistan deemed a "non-market economy" country for SIMA measures. The change provides for a way to calculate anti-dumping duties based on a country's economy. More...

Canadian rail freight volume up sharply in December. Rail freight originating in Canada rose 12.9% and traffic received from the United States rose 1.7%. More...

EU opens new front in WTO dispute with U.S. over subsidies on large aircraft. The European Union claims Washington State subsidy is inconsistent with a WTO Agreement. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D2-5-6 Aircrew Reporting
  • Memorandum D2-5-5 Progressive Clearance at Airports
  • Memorandum D2-5-3 Travellers Requiring Mobility Assistance at Canadian International Airports
  • Memorandum D2-5-1 Charter Access to Airports
  • CBSA - SIMA - Refined sugar from the United States, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands the United Kingdom, and the European Union
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA Updates to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in Alberta
  • Exportation of Live Animals, Hatching Eggs, and Animal Germplasm From the United States
  • USITC Seeks Public Comments on Proposals to Modify the Harmonized Tariff Schedule


February 20, 2015

WTO panel holds hearings on U.S. meat labelling measures. U.S. appealed compliance panel's ruling saying it did not conform to a previous WTO decision. More...

Tribunal to review expiry of duties on sugar from the U.S. and some European countries. Tribunal and CBSA will determine if anti-dumping duties should remain applicable. More...

Financing agreement for U.S. customs facilities at new Windsor-Detroit bridge crossing. The cost of the U.S. inspection plaza will be repaid from future toll revenues. More...

Korea restricts imports of Canadian beef following BSE discovery. CFIA confirmed a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in a beef cow from Alberta. More...

Ottawa announces further sanctions against Russia and Ukraine. Additional sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D8-1-7 Use of A.T.A. Carnets and Canada/Chinese Taipei Carnets for the Temporary Admission of Goods
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency Confirms Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in Alberta
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: - MHD 2015-04 Chapter 11 – Japan – Annex K and K-1
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2014-006 Refined sugar from the United States, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands the United Kingdom, and the European Union
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2014-002 Hot-rolled carbon steel plate and high-strenght low-alloy steel plate originating in or exported from Ukraine
  • U.S. CBP: NAFTA Certificate of Origin Enhancements and Use of Expired Certifications


February 13, 2015

Canada requests WTO panel to rule over China's anti-dumping duty on dissolving pulp. Anti-dumping duty applies to imports of pulp into China from Canada, the United States and Brazil. More...

European Commission issues proposal to revise seal import ban. European Union wants to bring the WTO-illegal aspects of its policy in line with global trade rules. More...

OECD indicators point to a positive change in growth momentum in the euro area. Indicators also point to stable growth in the United States, Canada, Japan, China and Brazil. More...

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

Air cargo ended 2014 on a positive note according to IATA statistics. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reports a 4.5% demand growth compared to 2013 data. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Tariff Rate Quota for Certain Milk Protein Substances - 2015-16 Allocation
  • EICS Message: Softwood Lumber quota for March 2015
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • Canada publishes the Wholesale Meat Specifications Document. Harmonization between Canada and the United States
  • CFIA - Meat, Manual of Procedures Chapter 11 Updates to Export Lists
  • U.S. Import Declaration to be Required for More Plant Products in August
  • Foreign Government Subsidies on Articles of Cheese


February 6, 2015

Dumping of photovoltaic modules and laminates from China injures Canadian industry. Anti-dumping and countervailing duties could soon be applicable to the goods under investigation. More...

Canada's trade deficit widened in December as imports grew faster than exports. Trade deficit totals $649 million in December as imports increase by 2.3% while exports rise 1.5%. More...

Copper tube from Brazil, Greece, China, Korea and Mexico assigned new values. Revision may result in a change to duties being assessed on importations of these goods. More...

CFIA updates requirements for imports of root crops. Changes to import requirements for carrots, parsnips, turnips, green onions, leeks, certain herbs and mushrooms. More...

Tribunal maintains anti-dumping duty on steel plate from Ukraine. A resumption of the dumping and subsidizing would result in injury to Canadian industry. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 15-003 Highway Sufferance Warehouse Closure (Kitchener, Ontario)
  • Memorandum D22-1-1 Administrative Monetary Penalty System
  • CBSA - SIMA - Copper tube from Brazil, Greece, China, the Republic of Korea and Mexico. Conclusion of Re-investigation of normal values and export prices
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA Memorandum 2015-01: Renewal of Veterinary Biologics Establishment Licences, Product Licences, and Import Permits
  • CFIA Directive D-94-26 Phytosanitary import requirements for root crops (other than potato), mushrooms, and vegetables with attached roots for consumption or processing
  • CITT Expiry No. RR-2014-005 Greenhouse bell peppers originating in or exported from the Netherlands. Tribunal will initiate an expiry review
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2014-003 Certain photovoltaic modules and laminates from China. Determination of injury
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2014-002 Hot-rolled carbon steel plate and high-strenght low-alloy steel plate originating in or exported from Ukraine. Tribunal Continues Finding
  • USDA FSIS Notice 10-15 - Country of Origin Labeling - Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Final Rule
  • U.S. CPSC's Substantial Product Hazard List: Extension Cords


January 30, 2015

Canada-Ukraine Free Trade negotiations set to resume. Preparatory work is currently underway for a full round of negotiations in the near future. More...

Ottawa to allow exports of automatic firearms to Israel and Kuwait. All such exports will remain subject to the Government's case-by-case review process. More...

Canadian rail freight volume down 7 percent in November. Traffic received from the United States decreased 8.8% and domestic rail freight declined 6.8%. More...

Completion of improvements to the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel Canadian Plaza. New vehicle access lanes, new inspection booths for truck and passenger vehicle processing. More...

Mexico recognizes Canada's heat treated lumber certification program. Accredited lumber producers will be able to export softwood to Mexico without a phytosanitary certificate. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 15-002 New Seizure Policy for Significant Undervaluation of Commercial Goods in the Courier Low Value Shipment (CLVS) Program
  • Memorandum D2-5-11 Administrative and Operational Guidelines for Commercial Air-mode Carriers for the Processing of Prescribed Traveller Information Pursuant to the Requirements of the Canada Border Services Agency
  • Automatic Firearms Country Control List — Order Amending (Israel)
  • Automatic Firearms Country Control List — Order Amending (Kuwait)
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • EICS Message: Softwood Lumber quota for February 2015
  • CFIA - New export requirements for potatoes from PEI
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2013-061 Classification of golf club head covers made up of textile materials
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2014-001 Concrete reinforcing bar originating in or exported from China, Korea, and Turkey. Reasons
  • USDA Revises Maple Syrup Grade Standards
  • USDA: Highly Pathogenic H5N8 Avian Influenza Confirmed in Commercial Turkey Flock in California
  • USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service: Sampling imported chicken and turkey for Salmonella and Campylobacter.
  • USDA Proposed New Measures to Reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry Products
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Determinations under the Drywall Safety Act


January 23, 2015

Pilot project on pre-inspection of U.S.-bound cargo in Fort Erie now under final review. Pilot project tested the ability of the pre-inspection process to reduce wait times and border congestion. More...

WCO publishes official Harmonized System changes to take effect in January 2017. World Customs Organization's amendments will affect every country's customs tariff classifications. More...

Ottawa fights U.S. Buy America restrictions at Port of Prince Rupert. An Order signed this week prohibits any person in Canada from complying with "Buy America" measures. More...

Federal Government funds improvements to the Port of Montreal. Project will improve container handling capacity, marine access for lager ships and road access. More...

WTO Appellate Body confirms Argentina's restrictive import measures are illegal. Non-automatic import licensing and other related measures restrict importations. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 15-001 Treatment of Downward Price Adjustments in Value for Duty Calculations
  • Memorandum D10-17-41 Tariff Classification of Rough Diamonds, Unsorted Diamonds, and Unworked Diamonds
  • Memorandum D10-13-1 Tariff Classification of Goods
  • Excise Duty Notice EDN40 Semi-Annual Reporting Period for Certain Licensees
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA List of Exporters of Live Lobster and Lobster Tomalley Products to Japan
  • CFIA Changes to Meat and Poultry Products in the Manual of Procedures, Chapter 11, United States of America
  • CFIA Introducing Annex G for Meat Export of High Quality Beef, Removing Annex C and Updating Section 11.7.3.4 of Switzerland
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2014-001 Certain carbon steel fasteners from China and Chinese Taipei. Reasons
  • U.S. CBP Form 434 - NAFTA Certificate of Origin (Now updated to expire 10-31-2016)
  • USDA Update on Avian Influenza Findings in the Pacific Flyway
  • Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, U.S. Medical Device Single Audit Program Pilot


January 16, 2015

Tribunal finds dumping of reinforcing bar from 3 countries threatens domestic industry. Importations from China, Korea and Turkey now subject to anti-dumping duty measures. More...

Current verification priorities of the Canada Border Services Agency. List shows targeted commodities for verification of origin, tariff classification and value for duty. More...

Don't know much about a new foreign client? EDC could protect you. New EDC insurance product allows small Canadian companies to insure their foreign sales in minutes. More...

St. Lawrence Seaway freight volumes increased 7% in 2014. The rebound was principally due to a boom in grain shipments and strong volumes of iron and steel products. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA Trade Compliance Verifications January 2015. Current verification priorities
  • Notice to Exporters Serial No. 193 Softwood Lumber Exports to the United States: 2015 List of Allocation Holders
  • Softwood Lumber Products - Allocation Method Order (2015)
  • DFATD -Softwood Lumber exports to U.S. 12-01-2015 - The prevailing monthly price for February 2015 exceeds US $355
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • DFATD New Industry Steel Classification - 2015 and New Harmonized System 10-digit Classification 2015
  • CFIA: Restriction on live birds, eggs, raw poultry products, raw pet foods from Oregon and Washington
  • Industry Guide for the Classification of Cribs, Cradles, Bassinets and Related Products. This document provides information for products manufactured, imported, advertised or sold in Canada
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2014-001 Concrete reinforcing bar originating in or exported from China, Korea, and Turkey. Dumping and subsidizing are threatening to cause injury to the domestic industry.
  • Exporting Vehicles from the U.S. to Canada (Document supplied by CBP on behalf of the U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Exporting Vehicles From the United States (Document supplied by CBP on behalf of the U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Toluene Diisocyanates (TDI) and Related Compounds; Significant New Use Rule. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to end exemption for persons who import or process these chemical substances as part of an article
  • Exemption of Organic Products From Assessment Under a Commodity Promotion Law


January 9, 2015

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

CBSA assistance process for rights holders fighting counterfeit goods. Copyright and trademark owners can ask the CBSA to temporarily detain suspected counterfeit goods. More...

A drop in exports of energy products widens Canada's trade deficit. The country's trade deficit amounted to $644 million in November, almost twice the October deficit of $327 million. 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...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA: Combatting Counterfeit Products (Intellectual Property Rights)
  • CBSA Form BSF738 - Request for Assistance
  • CBSA - SIMA - Whole Potatoes from the U.S. for use or consumption in the province of British Columbia. Initiation of Expiry Review
  • CKFTA (Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement) Rules of Origin for Casual Goods Regulations
  • CKFTA Rules of Origin Regulations
  • CKFTA Tariff Preference Regulations
  • Schedule to the Export and Import of Rough Diamonds Act - Order Amending
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2015 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2015 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CFIA: Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations
  • CFIA: Regulations Amending the Maple Products Regulations
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: MHD 2015-02 U.S. & MHD 2015-01 Switzerland
  • Canadian Export Classification, 2015. The 2015 edition of Canadian Export Classification is now available.
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2014-001 Certain carbon steel fasteners from China and Chinese Taipei. Tribunal continues its order excluding some products


January 2, 2015

The Canada-Korea free trade agreement is now in force. Originating goods with relevant certificate of origin get preferential tariff treatment. More...

Duties on refined sugar from the U.S. and some European countries could expire in 2015. Tribunal is seeking opinions on whether it should let the finding expire or conduct an expiry review. More...

Tribunal to review expiry of duties on certain whole potatoes from the United States. Tribunal and CBSA will determine if anti-dumping duties should remain applicable to these goods. More...

Planning to spend some time in a warmer country 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

  • Customs Notice 14-033 Proposed Regulatory Amendments and Proposed New Regulations Related to the Implementation of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement
  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain concrete reinforcing bar originating in or exported from China, Korea, and Turkey. Reasons
  • Excise Duty Memorandum EDM2-2-2 Security Requirements for Certain Licensees and for Prescribed Persons Importing Tobacco Products
  • Excise Duty Memorandum EDM2-2-3 Government of Canada Bonds and Surety Bonds
  • Excise Duty Memorandum EDM2-2-4 Approved Financial Institutions and Acceptable Bonding Companies
  • EICS Message: Softwood Lumber quota for January 2015
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2014 Imports
  • Textiles and Clothing 2014 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports
  • CITT Expiry No. LE-2014-005 Refined sugar from the United States, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands the United Kingdom, and the European Union
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2014-004 Whole Potatoes from the U.S. for use or consumption in the province of British Columbia
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2013-060 Classification of roller cabinets
  • Official 2015 Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) now available on the USITC website
  • U.S. FDA Issues Final Guidance on Labeling of Certain Beers
  • U.S. Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Program
  • U.S. CBP Importation Advisory : Citrus Fruit May Not Be Brought Into the United States from Canada
  • U.S. CBP: Immediate Restrictions on Birds and Poultry Products Due To Bird Flu in British Columbia


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