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International Trade News Stories posted since May 25, 2014


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

Truckinginfo.com 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.


Free Trade Account Launched for Shanghai's Free Trade Zone

China Central Television Jun 23, 2014

The free trade account for Shanghai's free trade zone (FTZ) was officially launched by China's central bank on Wednesday, as part of efforts to test bolder financial reforms in a risk-controlled environment.


Brazil and U.S. Share More Than Just Love of Soccer

International Trade Administration Jun 23, 2014

The FIFA World Cup is underway and all over the world, excitement grows as fans cheer on their national teams. Americans are no exception.


Sixth Round of TTIP Talks to Be Held July 14-18

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Jun 23, 2014

The European Commission announced June 18 that the sixth round of discussions on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership will be held July 14-18 in Brussels.


Exporter Confidence Now Higher Than 2003-2006 Boom Years: EDC Survey

Government of Canada Jun 23, 2014

Canadian companies that sell internationally are more confident about business prospects now than they were during the global economic boom period between 2003 and 2006, according to the semi-annual Trade Confidence Index by Export Development Canada (EDC).


China, Canada Sign MOUs to Boost Trade and Investment in Agriculture

China News Service Jun 23, 2014

Canada and China signed a few memorandums of understanding at the ministerial level to push ahead trade and investment in agriculture, Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz said in Shanghai on Friday following his visits in Beijing and Guangzhou.


How German Opposition Could Sink a Major Canadian Trade Pact

By Scott Sinclair, The Tyee Jun 23, 2014

Editor's note: The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative's trade policy analyst Scott Sinclair visited Berlin recently to testify on the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) before the Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection committee of the German Bundestag (federal parliament). While in Berlin, he discussed CETA issues with parliamentarians, NGOs, trade policy experts and media analysts. Here's what he found.


Free Trade Within Canada a Possibility with New Quebec Government: Bernier

CTV News Jun 23, 2014

Small Business Minister Maxime Bernier says he is hopeful the election of a federalist premier in Quebec will help break the log-jam toward freer trade within Canada.


U.S. West Coast Port Strike: Mitigate Supply Chain Disruptions With a Contingency Plan

By Ron McConnell, ABC Customs Brokers Jun 19, 2014

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association have been in negotiations since May 12, 2014 over a new West Coast longshore labor contract.


Progress Update on Joint Action Plan

Government of Canada Jun 18, 2014

The Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, Port Metro Vancouver and other partners have been collectively implementing an action plan to ensure the stability of container truck operations at the port since March 26, 2014.


Daytime Terminal Reservation Fee & New Cancellation Rules

TSI Terminal Systems Inc. Jun 18, 2014


Seaspan and IWLU Agree to Arbitration

MMD Magazine Jun 17, 2014

The company that provides ship docking services at BC ports and the union representing Vancouver-area longshoremen have agreed to enter into binding arbitration, averting the threat of a strike.


Canadian Government Tables Text of Final Agreement of Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

Government of Canada Jun 16, 2014

The Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement will benefit hard-working Canadians from all sectors in every region across the country


Feds Give Port Metro Vancouver $3M to Reduce Wait Times

Today's Trucking Jun 16, 2014

The federal government announced it is contributing $3 million to reduce wait times at Port Metro Vancouver's four terminals by using new technologies to better link operations.


Further Clarification on Transport Canada's Authorized Importer Program

Canadian Society of Customs Brokers Jun 12, 2014

The CSCB has received additional information from CBSA and Transport Canada regarding the pre-clearance process.


Non-Resident Importing — Discover Your Unfair Advantage

By Allison Douglas, ABC Customs Brokers Jun 12, 2014

A Non-Resident Importer (NRI) is simply a company that is considered the Importer of Record for shipments going into Canada, even though the company does not have a physical presence in Canada.


China Customs Advance Manifest (CCAM) Regulation Effective June 28th 2014

FIATA Jun 11, 2014

The enforcement of China 24-hour Advance Manifest Rule in Shanghai as a pilot will be in effect starting June 28th 2014.


EU Reports Sharp Increase in Trade Defense Actions Against its Exports

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Jun 10, 2014

The European Commission released June 4 a report showing a significant increase in trade defense measures, especially antidumping duties, against EU exports in 2013.


China Trade Ties a Concern for Canadians Surveyed

By Susan Lunn, CBC News Jun 10, 2014

Asia Pacific Foundation survey finds respondents see China as an increasing threat


G7 Seeks to Keep World Trade Deals on Track Despite Protests

By Robin Emmott, Reuters Jun 09, 2014

The world's leading industrialised nations vowed on Thursday to seal a series of free-trade deals that would radically change the shape of global commerce despite rising popular opposition.


CBP Still Working on Rules for Importer Security Filing, IPR Disclosure, In-Bond Merchandise

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Jun 09, 2014

The departments of Homeland Security and the Treasury recently issued their semiannual regulatory agendas, which list the following regulations affecting international trade that could be issued within the next year as well as rulemaking proceedings that have been in process for some time and are not as likely to see further progress in the near term.


Baird Concludes Successful Visit to Latin America and Canada's Participation at OAS General Assembly

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada Jun 09, 2014

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird concluded, in Ecuador, a successful visit to several Latin American countries from June 1 to June 6, 2014.


ASEAN Delegation Wraps Up First Trade Visit to Canada

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada Jun 09, 2014

Strengthening Canada-ASEAN economic ties through trade promotion a key component of Canada’s ambitious pro-trade plan to boost exports.


Bruce Heyman Sets Out Agenda As U.S. Ambassador to Canada

By Susana Mas, CBC News Jun 09, 2014

Heyman says that 'naysayers' of bilateral relationship should not 'mistake headlines for trend-lines'


Canada Reaches Expanded Air Transport Agreement with the Philippines

Transport Canada Jun 09, 2014

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today announced an expanded Canada-Philippines Air Transport Agreement that allows for more flights between the two countries.


Changes to Transport Canada’s Vehicle Pre-clearance Lists – Appendix F and G

By Cherie Storms, ABC Customs Brokers Jun 05, 2014

Transport Canada authorizes a streamlined process to certain commercial importers who import vehicles that are new, have never been owned or licensed, and are certified by the manufacturer to comply with the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS).


Stack, Store & Transport: The Indispensable Pallet

Inbound Logistics Jun 04, 2014

They may be the simplest equipment in the warehouse, but pallets play an integral role in logistics operations. Just try to manage your supply chain without them.


'Buy American' Driving a Truck Through NAFTA’s Loopholes

By Barrie McKenna, The Globe and Mail Jun 04, 2014

Buy American is back with a vengeance.


Most Trade Agreements — TPP Included — ‘Not Worth the Effort’: Former WTO Chief

By BJ Siekierski, iPolitics Jun 03, 2014

Pascal Lamy was never shy about questioning the benefits of non-WTO trade agreements during his eight years at the helm of the World Trade Organization, but he usually did so broadly.


Ensuring Import Compliance

By Deborah Catalano Ruriani, Inbound Logistics Jun 03, 2014

Companies moving products into the United States must not only develop expertise about U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations, but also make a continual effort to stay up to date on changes to the rules.


U.S. Delays 100% Container Screening, But Increases Scanning Overseas

Canadian Shipper Jun 03, 2014

The secretary for Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has delayed for two more years new rules requiring all cargo containers entering the US to be security scanned prior to departure from overseas amid questions over whether this is the best way to protect US ports.


Canada's 'Hidden' Exports: Makeup, Dog Food and Rubber

Toronto Sun Jun 03, 2014

Canada is well known for exporting natural resources, but what about makeup and dog food?


Best Practices for Shipping Perishable Goods Coast-to-Coast

Journal of Commerce Jun 03, 2014

The food industry has made great strides in bringing perishable goods from the West Coast to East Coast markets in a safe and timely fashion.


CIFFA Seeks Rollback Or Refund of Fees for Containers Stuck at Port Metro Vancouver

Canadian Shipper Jun 03, 2014

Importers and exporters in western Canada "whacked" with millions of dollars in unexpected costs as a result of a work stoppage at Port Metro Vancouver earlier this year, say they are angry and frustrated, and want the situation addressed. 


Canada Signs International Free Trade Deals But a Provincial Open Market Still Eludes Us

By John Ivison , National Post Jun 03, 2014

Free trade between Canada’s provinces is written into the very fabric of Canadian life


Do You Know About These New Food Safety Regulations?

By Steven Burton, The Huffington Post Jun 03, 2014

New regulations in the U.S. and Canada are poised to "amp up" enforcement of non-compliant food manufacturers via sweeping new changes to food safety laws.


Mediator Releases Recommendations for Port Metro Vancouver

Truck News May 28, 2014

Vincent Ready says drivers must be paid for wait times or serious repercussions will occur


U.S. Wins WTO Trade Dispute with China Over Cars, Auto Components, Report Says

Automotive News May 26, 2014

The World Trade Organization has ruled in favor of the United States in a dispute with China involving cars and auto parts, according to a person familiar with the matter.


Simple Steps to Expanding Your Business Through Exports

The U.S. Department of Commerce May 26, 2014

At the Department of Commerce and the Minority Business Development Agency we are dedicated to helping more minority-owned business leverage their competitive advantage and expand their business through exports.


Canada/U.S. Agreement Supports Potato Trade

Canadian Food Inspection Agency May 26, 2014

Canadian and American growers benefit from new testing requirements for potato cyst nematode


Canada Kicks Off Second Round of Negotiations to Expand Free Trade with Israel

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada May 26, 2014

Improved market access means more opportunities for Canadian businesses and workers