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Small Spark-Ignition Engines: Comments?

The Issue: 

The Government of Canada is holding consultations on proposed amendments to their “Small Spark-Ignition Engine Emissions” regulations.


The Government of Canada is proposing amendments to regulations that will create stricter emission standards for air pollutants from small spark-ignition type engines.  The purpose of the amendments is to further reduce smog-forming emissions from such engines.  The amendments will also align Canadian standards with those of the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Examples of goods that contain small spark-ignition engines:

  • Lawn mowers

  • Hedge Trimmers

  • Brush cutters

  • Garden Tractors

  • Snow blowers

  • Generator sets (mobile type)

  • Welders

  • Pressure washers

  • Chain saws

  • Log splitters

  • Chippers / shredders

How does this affect you?

If you are an importer of, or Canadian manufacturer of goods with spark-ignition engines, you have the opportunity to provide comments to the Government on the proposed regulations.

Contact details and due date:

Interested persons may file comments or a notice of objection with the Minister by August 25, 2016 to:

Stéphane Couroux

Director, Transportation Division

Environment and Climate Change Canada

351 St-Joseph Blvd

Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 0H3

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More Information: Click here

Proposed Regulations: Click here

Environment Canada:

Questions on the proposed Amendments email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Questions on the current Regulations email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New FDA Requirements Under ACE

As of June 15, 2016, all electronic entries and summary entries for goods subject to FDA import requirements must be filed in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). For your assistance in preparation of this date, the FDA has provided a document titled “Tips for Importing FDA-Regulated Products in ACE”.  This document details the required data elements (including some new requirements) for all FDA products, and lists additional data requirements for specific products such as:

  • Drugs

  • Medical Devices & Radiation-Emitting Products

  • Biologics

  • Food Products

  • Tobacco

  • Animal Drugs & Devices

More Information:

For more information, please contact your Cole account representative or one of our Cole USA offices

Update: Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)

We recently posted an article on new requirements coming into effect on July 1, 2016 for the container shipping industry, due to amendments of the international treaty called Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).  To assist our clients in further understanding their new and upcoming obligations under SOLAS, please refer to this informational letter, complete with a Q&A section.

We will continue to monitor the subject, and will provide any updates as they occur.

Additional Information:

Cole’s clients may contact their personal account representative for more information. If you are unsure of who your account representative is, or if you are not a Cole client please contact us.

Increased De Minimis Value Exemption Explained

On March 10/16, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) implemented changes to the value of the De Minimis Exemption. That is, the value of a shipment imported by one person - on one day - that generally may be imported free of duties and taxes.  It was increased from $200 to $800.

For more details, conditions and exceptions, please see CBP’s recent publication.

See Cole’s original story on the subject here.

Possible Elimination of Duty on Certain Food Manufacturing Ingredients

foodThe Issue:

The Canadian Government is holding consultations on the potential elimination of duty on certain food manufacturing ingredients. They have invited interested parties to submit their views on the subject.  


Duty on ingredients increases the production costs for Canadian food manufacturers which in turn affects their competitiveness in Canada and abroad.

What Products are being considered?

The products range from fresh, prepared and dried vegies, fresh and dried fruits, spices, juices, cereals, breads, flours, fats, oils, sugars, pasta, yeasts, vinegars, Etc.  Click here for a  complete list of products.

What do you need to do?

  • You have an opportunity to submit comments on the proposed tariff elimination.  Cole’s Consulting Department can assist you in this regard, by preparing a professionally crafted submission, complete with justification for the same. 

  • Cole’s Consulting Department can prepare an analysis of your import transactions against the proposed commodities to identify potential savings to be realized.

  • You can submit suggestions for additional products to be added to the proposed list. Our Consulting Department can analyze your import transactions to assist in identifying those products.

Due Date & Information Required:

June 21/16 is the due date for submissions. They must be in writing and must contain specific information as dictated by the Department of Finance. 

Contact Information:

Cheryl Murphy – National Consulting Manager 905-672-6255

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