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International Trade News Stories posted since June 24, 2014

CBP Prohibiting Post-Entry Claims for Select FTA and Preference Programs

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Aug 20, 2014

A recent change in practice by U.S. Customs and Border Protection is limiting the right of importers to claim preferential treatment under certain free trade agreements and the Generalized System of Preferences.

Calculating Input Tax Credits - GST/HST Memorandum 8.3

Canada Revenue Agency Aug 19, 2014

This memorandum explains the general method for calculating input tax credits (ITCs) as provided for under the Excise Tax Act (Act).

Ending Tariffs on Green Goods Will Show Free Trade Can Fight Climate Change

By James Bacchus, The Guardian Aug 18, 2014

The supposed choice between economics and environment is false, tariff cuts on green goods are a good move

China Halts Some U.S. Pork Imports Over Feed Additive

Reuters Aug 18, 2014

‘TPP: No certification’ website educates people on the certification process under the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Diversions from U.S. West Coast Could Become Permanent

Journal of Commerce Aug 18, 2014

Pork, Poultry Industries Brace for Impact of Sanctions by Russia

CBC News Aug 18, 2014

Oil technology could be next in tit for tat of sanctions war

The List: What Russia Has Banned

The Globe and Mail Aug 18, 2014

Russia will ban fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, milk and dairy imports from the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told a government meeting on Thursday.

Colombia Celebrates Three-Year Anniversary of Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

Proexport Colombia Aug 18, 2014

With the three-year mark of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Proexport Colombia announced today that 2013 was a year of record growth in the two countries' trade relationship

Trade Minister Weighs in on Container Trucker Dispute

By Patrick Blennerhassett, Business in Vancouver Aug 18, 2014

Canada’s International Trade Minister Ed Fast said the No. 1 priority in the ongoing labour dispute between truckers and Port Metro Vancouver is keeping the port open.

Canada’s Ports Must Prepare for 21st-Century Trade Deals

By Wendy Zatylny , The Globe and Mail Aug 18, 2014

The maritime trade winds that have helped chart Canada’s economic course for decades are shifting dramatically.

Canada-U.S. Price Gap Measures Coming in the Fall

By Chris Hall, CBC News Aug 18, 2014

The federal government is poised to introduce legislation in the fall to try to narrow the consumer price gap between Canada and the U.S.

U.S.-Canada Trade: Getting a Line on Cross-Border Shipments

Inbound Logistics Aug 18, 2014

To efficiently move goods across the U.S.-Canada border, shippers and logistics providers must adapt to regulatory, geographic, and currency challenges.

USDA Says It Will Protect Sugar in Trade Negotiations

By Jerry Hagstrom, Agweek Aug 11, 2014

The uncertainty surrounding sugar imports from Mexico has made it harder to manage the U.S. sugar program, but the Obama administration is committed to reducing risks for sugar growers and will protect U.S. sugar in trade negotiations, Agriculture Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse said Aug. 4.

Discover the Best Ways to Take Advantage of U.S. Free Trade Agreements

By Peggy Pauley and Brian Miller, International Trade Administration Aug 11, 2014

When it comes to supporting U.S. exporters, there are few better tools than free trade agreements (FTAs).

Canada Strengthens Ties with ASEAN: A Foreign Policy Priority

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada Aug 11, 2014

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today co-chaired with his Singapore counterpart, Foreign Minister Shanmugam, his fourth consecutive Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Canada Post-Ministerial Conference.

Canada's Trade Relationship with Russia

CBC News Aug 11, 2014

Russia announced a year-long ban on food imports from Canada, the U.S. and other countries Thursday, in retaliation for several rounds of sanctions by Western countries over Russia's involvement in the unrest in Ukraine.

Complete Canada-EU Text Reached

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada Aug 11, 2014

Planning under way for September trade mission and Canada-EU Summit

Why a Canada-Europe Deal is Crucial to Global Trade

By John Ibbitson, The Globe and Mail Aug 07, 2014

The Conservatives are on the brink of an even greater fiasco, one that could tarnish Stephen Harper’s legacy and brand this Conservative majority government a failure.

Trade Compliance Education Program: 4 Fall Features

By Adriana Zamora, Aug 07, 2014

ABC Customs Brokers is pleased to announce another season of trade compliance education. Our 2014 fall season is scheduled to run from September to November this year. Whether you are an importer or exporter trying to understand current trade regulations or planning your professional development this fall, we have some excellent seminars and workshops lined up to help you.

U.S. and Japan Back at the Trade Tariff Negotiation Table

By Alfonso Esparza , Market Pulse Aug 05, 2014

Trade officials from Japan and the United States resumed negotiations Monday over sticking issues related to market access for agricultural products such as beef and pork under a Pacific Rim free trade initiative.

U.S., Africa Aim to Boost Trade

By William Mauldin and Drew Hinshaw , The Wall Street Journal Aug 05, 2014

Leaders at Summit Seek to Renew Program Extending Tariff, Quota Exemptions

Delay Container-Scanning Rule Two Years? Not Good Enough, Importers Say

By Robert Bowman, Forbes Aug 05, 2014

U.S. importers have bought themselves another two years before they must implement a container-scanning rule that they believe should be scrapped altogether.

Canada Disappointed by WTO Failure to Adopt Protocol for Trade Facilitation Agreement

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada Aug 05, 2014

Obama Urged to Boot Canada from Trade Talks Or Gain Concessions

By Barrie McKenna, The Globe and Mail Aug 05, 2014

A powerful group of U.S. members of Congress says the White House should cut Canada out of a major global trade deal unless it opens up its protected dairy and poultry markets.

Canada to Clinch Trade Deal with EU in September

By Chris Hall, CBC News Aug 05, 2014

Elusive deal has been locked in 10 months of marathon bargaining

8 Steps to Importing a Vehicle into Canada from the U.S.

By Cherie Storms, Jul 31, 2014

Regulated by several different government agencies, importing a vehicle tends to be a multistage process.

Canada's Exporters Are Feeling Confident

Export Development Canada Jul 28, 2014

In international trade, “compliance” refers to how well a company observes the laws and regulations that govern its international business operations.

Playing by the Rules: Compliance in International Trade

Export Development Canada Jul 28, 2014

In international trade, “compliance” refers to how well a company observes the laws and regulations that govern its international business operations.

China Issues New Rules on U.S. DDG Imports-U.S. Trade Bodies

By Christine Stebbins and Julie Ingwersen, Reuters Jul 28, 2014

US, Mexico Sign Agreement on Food Safety

By Michael R. Taylor, FDA Voice Jul 28, 2014

Minister Highlights Importance of Canada-US Agricultural Trade at Major Economic Summit

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Jul 28, 2014

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today addressed the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) Foundation Summit where he underscored the importance of free and unfettered trade to drive competitiveness, create jobs and provide economic opportunities on both sides of the border.

South Shore Trade Area Projects to Boost Canada's Trade in the Asia-Pacific Region

Jul 28, 2014

Lower Mainland improvements pave way for expanded global trade

Canada, Japan to Discuss Free-Trade Agreement in Ottawa Next Week

By Gordon Isfeld , Financial Post Jul 28, 2014

Canadian negotiators will meet with their Japanese counterparts next week in Ottawa for another round of talks on a free-trade agreement between the two countries.

Canada and EU May Have to Return to Bargaining Table, Experts Suggest

By Steven Chase, The Globe and Mail Jul 28, 2014

The Canadian government is shrugging off a news report that says Germany is set to reject a multibillion-dollar trade pact between the European Union and Canada, but experts say this development means a reopening of an agreement that was declared a done deal nine months ago.

Importing Cheese Into Canada — It’s Not That Simple

By Melissa Wright, Jul 24, 2014

Dairy products such as cheese are a regulated commodity

U.S. Customs to Test Trusted Trader Scheme

Canadian Shipper Jul 22, 2014

US Customs and Border Protection is launching an 18-month programme to test a trusted trader initiative

Creation of a Free Trade Zone Within Canada Being Explored

Journal of Commerce Jul 22, 2014

Industry Minister James Moore says he's on a mission to create a true free trade zone within Canada and expects to hand officials a mandate to start the process of negotiating with provinces as early as this fall.

Canada, EU Prepare September Summit, Raising Hopes for CETA

By Anca Gurzu, Embassy Jul 22, 2014

Top negotiators have been meeting in Brussels this week to hammer out what are now described as remaining legalistic issues.

Canada and the U.S. Announce Trusted Traveller and Trusted Trader Enhancements

Canada Border Services Agency Jul 22, 2014

Canada and the United States (U.S.) are delivering on key Beyond the Border Action Plan commitments related to joint Trusted Traveller and Trusted Trader programs

CBSA Releases July 2014 Trade Compliance Verification Priorities

CBSA Jul 15, 2014

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) recently published its trade verification targets for the second half of 2014.

Investment at Port Metro Vancouver Increases Agricultural Shipping Capacity

Transport Canada Jul 14, 2014

Improved infrastructure means more rail cars can be unloaded at once

CBP Expands Test of Document Image System

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Jul 14, 2014

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is planning to launch as soon as July 10 the third phase of its ongoing test of the Document Image System.

Trucker Shortage May Soon End Up Costing Customers More for Goods

By Dave Battagello, The Windsor Star Jul 14, 2014

An ongoing shortage of truck drivers is poised to get worse and will soon lead to added costs for consumers, industry leaders said Wednesday.

Canadian Companies Are Losing Out by Not Using Chinese Currency When Trading with China

By Emma Crawford Hampel, Business in Vancouver Jul 14, 2014

Canadian companies are still not using Renminbi when conducting these transactions

Retailers Step Up Holiday Imports In Case Of A West Coast Port Strike

By Robert Bowman, Forbes Jul 14, 2014

Retailers are rushing to bring holiday merchandise into the U.S., to protect against potential disruptions arising from ongoing contract talks between West Coast longshore labor and marine terminal operators.

10 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Customs Broker

By Connie Spolar, Jul 10, 2014

Whether your company has just entered into the world of international trade, or you are already there and are assessing your options regarding your service providers, you will inevitably have to make some decisions regarding your customs brokerage services.

Business Leaders Call for the Conclusion of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement to Boost Economic Growth and Create Jobs

Canadian Council of Chief Executives Jul 08, 2014

Canadian business leaders today emphasized the need to tear down economic barriers that impede growth and job creation across the region

Restrictions Loosened in Shanghai Trade Zone

By Wei Tian, China Daily Jul 07, 2014

The zone's original "negative list", which outlines forbidden or restricted areas for foreign investment activities, had been criticized for having too many restrictions and a lack of transparency.

Russia’s Refusal to Accept TIR Carnet Will Cost the Country Billions

By Gavin van Marle , The Loadstar Jul 07, 2014

Russia’s non-acceptance of the TIR carnet system could cost the country’s shippers around $2.2bn in extra costs, according to a study produced on behalf of the International Road Haulage Union.

New EU Cargo Rules from Third-Country Airports Start July

World Trade 100 Magazine Jul 07, 2014

European Union regulations, requiring all air cargo or mail handled by carriers operating from third country airports (ACC3s) must be physically screened by EU-approved aviation security starting July 1.

U.S., Korea Streamline Trade in Organic Products

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Jul 07, 2014

An arrangement under which organic processed products certified in the U.S. or Korea may be labeled as organic in either country took effect July 1, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks Going on in Ottawa

By Kristy Kirkup, CBC News Jul 07, 2014

Free Trade and Canada: Next Stop, Japan

By David Worts , iPolitics Jul 07, 2014

The tabling of the final text of the bilateral free trade agreement with South Korea earlier this month has brought Canada another step closer to its first trade agreement in Asia.

4 Ways to Take Advantage of Free Trade Agreements

By Cherie Storms, ABC Customs Brokers Jul 03, 2014

With the relative ease in enjoying the benefits of NAFTA, you can also take advantage of free trade on importations from other participating countries.

ILWU, PMA Contract Ends; Unions Say Cargo Will Keep Moving

Canadian Shipper Jul 03, 2014

Negotiations for a new labour contract covering nearly 20,000 dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports will continue to move forward as the existing, six-year coast-wide labor agreement expires July 1.

Labour Strife on America's West Coast a Boon For Port Metro Vancouver

By Derrick Penner, The Vancouver Sun Jun 30, 2014

U.S. Shippers Side With Canadians in Protest of Inspection Fees

CBC News Jun 30, 2014

Canadian shipping companies aren't the only ones rallying against increased inspection fees proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Canada Reiterates Concern Over Recent U.S. Buy-America Actions

Government of Canada Jun 30, 2014

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, on June 27, 2014, issued the following statement:

“Canada is very concerned over recent legislation in the United States that reflects repeated attempts to impose domestic content requirements for products purchased by federal, state and municipal-level governments within the U.S.

Immigrants Boosting Canada's Non-U.S. Exports, Study Finds

CBC News Jun 30, 2014

Recent immigrants to Canada who begin small or medium-sized businesses are more likely to export and more likely to target markets other than the U.S., according to a new study.

O It’s Great To Do International Trade With Canada!

Trade Ready Jun 30, 2014

Canada Customs Invoice: 7 Mandatory Fields

By Crystal Higgs, Jun 26, 2014

Australia Says China Free Trade Deal Likely by End of Year

Thomson Reuters Jun 24, 2014

China and Australia, which have been trying to set up a bilateral free trade agreement for years, are determined to sign a deal by the end of this year, Australia's trade chief said on Tuesday after talks with Chinese leaders. 

Canadian Truckers Slam Increasing U.S. Border Fees Jun 24, 2014

Canadian truckers have blasted a U.S. proposal that would greatly hike some fees at the border.

U.S. Importers React to Proposed APHIS Fees Hike

By Sander Bruins Slot, Fresh Plaza Jun 24, 2014

A proposal to increase fees charged by the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for the inspections it undertakes is being met by resistance from fresh produce importers. 

Canada Targets South Africa as Priority Market in Africa

By Geoffrey York, The Globe and Mail Jun 24, 2014

South Africa might be strike-plagued, on the brink of recession and refusing to sign any foreign investment treaties these days, but it will remain the linchpin of Canada’s economic strategy on the African continent, International Trade Minister Ed Fast says.