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International Trade News Stories posted since February 17, 2014


Before You Import a Live Horse: A Document Checklist

By Cherie Storms, Apr 17, 2014


Canadian Shippers Seeking Ways to Work with Railways to Address Transportation Challenges

Canadian Shipper Apr 16, 2014

A group representing the shippers of more than 60 per cent of the goods moved onCanada's rail system is urging the railways to work with them on a customer-based approach to improve service.


Government Announces Strategic Investments to Facilitate Cross-border Trade in British Columbia

Canada Border Services Agency Apr 15, 2014

Lark Projects Ltd of Surrey, British Columbia has been awarded a $17.7M contract for infrastructure improvements to the Aldergrove port of entry in British Columbia.


Making It Easier to Clear Customs in Latin America

By Diana Alvarez , Tradeology Apr 14, 2014

More than 40 percent of current U.S. exports go to Mexico, Central America, and South America.


Time Running Out for International Trade Deal, Says WTO Boss

By Larry Elliott, The Guardian Apr 14, 2014

Roberto Azevedo says the WTO has only eight months to consolidate last December's Doha round breakthrough in Bali


New U.S. Ambassador to Canada Seeks to Strengthen Trade Relations

By Campbell Clark and Barrie McKenna, The Globe and Mail Apr 14, 2014

The new U.S. ambassador to Canada wants to play the role of deal-broker, helping to complete cross-border investments, and dialling up premiers and U.S. governors to push trade.


U.S. Sugar Producers File Antidumping, Subsidy Cases Against Mexico

By Phillip Hayes, The American Sugar Alliance Apr 14, 2014

America’s sugar producers today asked the United States government to take corrective action against Mexico’s sugar industry for dumping subsidized sugar onto the U.S. market and inflicting harm on U.S. growers and taxpayers.


Irish Trade to Canada Set for €1.2 Billion Boost

TheJournal.ie Apr 14, 2014

EU deal could be worth €26 billion overall.


Canada-China Trade Booming: Consul General

By Jenny Yuen, Toronto Sun Apr 14, 2014

Two-way trade between Canada and China spiked by nearly eight times this past decade, the Chinese Consul General in Toronto said.


Minister to Attend the First High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation in Mexico

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada Apr 14, 2014

The Minister will meet with global leaders to discuss effective development cooperation to eradicate poverty.


Govt of Canada Special Economic Measures Regulations

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada Apr 14, 2014

The Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations (the Regulations) impose targeted economic sanctions against Russian officials and/or entities responsible for violating international law by violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Ukraine.


Letter from I.E. Canada on Proposed Implementation of New eManifest Regulations

I.E. Canada Apr 14, 2014

I.E.Canada Submission to CBSA: Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Customs Act, Part I, Canada Gazette


Increase in Mail Parcel Screening Complexity

Aircargo Asia-Pacific Apr 11, 2014

Mail parcel volumes – which are growing due to e-commerce takeup - are creating further challenges for pending Advance Data Filing regulations, according to the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA).


Mexico Overtakes Japan as No. 2 Car Exporter to U.S.

IndustryWeek Apr 11, 2014

Mexico's booming auto industry has reached a major milestone, claiming to have overtaken Japan as the second biggest car exporter to the United States in the past three months.


U.S. Senators Urge Full Enforcement on Steel Imports

By Hope Yen, Houston Chronicle Apr 11, 2014

A group of senators seeking to protect jobs is calling on President Barack Obama's administration to fully enforce trade laws in deciding whether imported steel reinforcing bar from Turkey and Mexico unfairly undercuts U.S. prices.


The Importance of an Ironclad Record Keeping System

By Aimee Miller, Apr 10, 2014

In today’s compliance driven world, where U.S. Customs is enforcing rules more than ever and issuing penalties, importers are left wondering how to best utilize their resources to remain compliant. One of the most effective ways to ensure doing business in a compliant fashion is to create a solid “ironclad” record keeping system.


Why Do We Need Incoterms?

By Christian Siviere , MMD Magazine Apr 08, 2014

They constitute a common language for international traders


U.S. Customs May Be Ramping Up U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement Verifications

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Apr 08, 2014

A leading international trade attorney cautions importers that the time is ripe to get their KORUS verification docs in order.


FDA Releases Updated Draft Guidance on Prior Notice of Imported Foods

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Apr 08, 2014

FDA is announcing the availability of a draft guidance entitled "Guidance for Industry: Prior Notice of Imported Food Questions and Answers (Edition 3)."


U.S. Says it Wants More Access to Canadian Agriculture Market

By Alexander Panetta , Global News Apr 08, 2014

The U.S. government says it’s been pressing Canada to offer agricultural concessions in trade talks, without much success so far.


Free Trade with South Korea is a Test of Canada’s Confidence

By John Manley, The Globe and Mail Apr 08, 2014

Canada’s response to the recently concluded free-trade agreement (FTA) with South Korea will say much about the kind of nation we are.


Australia and Japan Conclude Free Trade Deal

By Anthony Fensom, The Diplomat Apr 08, 2014

After seven years of negotiation, the two countries have concluded a ‘historic’ Economic Partnership Agreement.


Government of Canada Acts to Raise Trucker Rates at Port Metro Vancouver

Transport Canada Apr 08, 2014


AES Informed Compliance Period Announced

U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Customs Border and Protection Apr 04, 2014

Notice of 180 Day Informed Compliance Period for Regulatory Changes


Which Latin American Countries Are Best for Trade?

Money Science Apr 03, 2014

Over the last decade, the economic performance of Latin America has, generally speaking, improved.


Mandatory AES Filing for Used Vehicles Exported to Canada Effective April 5th

ABC Customs Brokers Apr 03, 2014

On March 14, 2013, the United States Census Bureau published a final rule amending its regulations to require new export reporting requirements.


EU Backs China Joining Talks on Trade in Services Agreement

New Europe Apr 02, 2014

On the occasion of the visit of the President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, to Brussels, the EU announced its strong support for China joining ongoing negotiations to liberalise trade in services.


U.S. Meat Producers Lose Bid to Block Country-of-Origin Labelling

By Andrew Zajac, Star Phoenix Apr 02, 2014

North American meat producers including Tyson Foods Inc. and Hormel Foods Corp. lost a bid to suspend new country-of-origin labelling rules as a U.S. appeals court said the regulations don't violate free speech rights or exceed regulators' authority.


Canada to Implement Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)

Health Canada Apr 02, 2014

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is a standardized, internationally consistent approach to classifying chemicals according to their physical, health and environmental hazards.


CFIA Import Permit Process Change

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Apr 01, 2014

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) as informed us that as of April 1st, 2014 all requests for import permits issued by the CFIA for the Terrestrial and Aquatic Animal Health Division must be submitted to the CFIA Centre of Administration (COA).


U.S. Blocking Sensitive Exports to Russia

GlobalPost Mar 31, 2014

The United States is quietly blocking exports of sensitive dual-use materials and technologies to Russia, an apparent response to its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.


Canada's EU Trade Deal 'Game Changer,' Envoy Says

By Scott Larson, The Starphoenix Mar 31, 2014

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union is "a game-changer," says the Netherlands ambassador to Canada.


Why Free Trade Agreements Grow Canadian Business

By Terrance Oakey, The Huffington Post Mar 31, 2014

As a general rule of thumb, when assessing whether a policy is potentially good or bad one can look to the position of labour bosses for guidance.


Canada Warns U.S. to Back Off On Taxing Canadian Ports

By William Marsden, Postmedia News Mar 31, 2014

Transport Minister Lisa Raitt lashed out at U.S. lawmakers Tuesday, claiming that a proposed tax on goods entering the U.S. from Canadian ports could severely harm trade relations.


Canada Gazette - Official Regulations

Canada Gazette Mar 31, 2014

The following was published on 26 March 2014 in Part II of the Canada Gazette.


Canada Gazette - Notices and Proposed Regulations

Canada Gazette Mar 31, 2014

The following was published on 22 March 2014 in Part I of the Canada Gazette.


Port Metro Vancouver Slowly Returns to Normal

By Brian Morton and Bethany Lindsay, Vancouver Sun Mar 28, 2014

Trucking operations could take up to 10 working days to recover, official says


Port Metro Vancouver – Diverted Cargo

Canada Border Services Agency Mar 27, 2014

CBSA in the Pacific region have issued instructions on the process to release cargo that has been diverted to a U.S. port, due to the labour dispute at Port Metro Vancouver. 


Vancouver Port Truckers Reach Deal to End Strike

CBC News Mar 27, 2014

Port Metro Vancouver container truck drivers to be back at work Thursday morning


Port Metro Vancouver Strike: Back-to-Work Legislation Introduced

By Mike Laanela, CBC News Mar 25, 2014

Bill provides for fines of $10k per day for union and $400 a day for workers who defy order


U.S., Russia Trade Sanctions Over Crimea

By Carol E. Lee , Gregory L. White and Jared A. Favole, The Wall Street Journal Mar 25, 2014

Russian Response Includes Sanctions on U.S. Lawmakers, Officials


Minister Highlights Importance of International Trade and Reliable Transportation Infrastructure

Transport Canada Mar 25, 2014

Minister Raitt highlights importance of international trade and reliable transportation infrastructure in remarks at Toronto Region Board of Trade


U.S., Canada Impose Requirements on Inbound Vessels to Prevent Introduction of Gypsy Moth

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Mar 25, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have imposed a number of requirements on vessels inbound from specified ports to prevent the introduction of the Asian gypsy moth.


Canada-Japan Trade Talks to Take the Stage After Successful South Korea Deal

The Globe and Mail Mar 25, 2014

With a trade deal with South Korea just concluded, Canadian negotiators are turning their attention to another big Asian prize – Japan.


Canada, B.C., Port Metro Vancouver Act to Protect Economy

Government of British Columbia Mar 20, 2014

The Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and Port Metro Vancouver announced that they are taking immediate and co-ordinated action to address the work disruption at Port Metro Vancouver


EU, U.S. to Commit to Remove All Duties on Transatlantic Trade

By Barbara Lewis and Robin Emmott, Reuters Mar 19, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama and European Union leaders will promise to remove all tariffs on bilateral trade at a summit on March 26


FDA Proposes Updates To Nutrition Facts Label On Packaged Foods

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Mar 19, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed to update the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect the latest scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease.


NAFTA Reopening Possible After South Korea Deal, Harper Hints

CBC News Mar 19, 2014

Prime Minister tells B.C. audience he's open to discussing the 20-year-old pact


Enfield Man Ordered to Pay Over $55,000 in Penalties for Failing to Declare Vehicle at Border

Canada Border Services Agency Mar 19, 2014


New CFIA Rules Require Federal Licences for All Canadian Food Firms

By Dan Ilika, Canadian Manufacturing Mar 19, 2014

Part of modernization program at federal inspection agency that will bring sweeping changes to industry


No End in Sight for Port Metro Vancouver Truckers' Strike As Union, Ottawa Reach Stalemate

By Steven Chua, The Province Mar 18, 2014

There will be no immediate end to a trucker strike that has crippled operations in Vancouver-area ports for weeks after weekend talks between government and drivers failed to make progress.


Canada to Join U.S., EU with New Russian Sanctions

CBC News Mar 18, 2014

Sanctions come as Russian President Putin decrees Crimea a 'sovereign and independent country'


U.S. Says EU Backing Away From Tariff Pledge, Raising Tensions

By Brian Wingfield, Bloomberg Businessweek Mar 13, 2014

The U.S. says the European Union has backed away from a pledge to cut duties on American imports, adding to tensions over tariffs as the world’s largest commercial partners seek a trade deal.


Exports Dive as Canada Port Strike Worsens

Cargonews Asia Mar 13, 2014

Forestry and grain exports from Canada's Pacific coast slowed to a trickle as a strike at the country's largest port and a shortage of rail cars at Canadian Pacific Railways and Canadian National Railway are creating bottlenecks.


Port Metro Vancouver Caught in Truckers’ Crossfire

By Harvey Enchin, Vancouver Sun Mar 13, 2014

Port is not the employer but is most adversly affected


Importing Food Products into the USA — A Quick Overview

By Aimee Miller, ABC Customs Brokers Mar 13, 2014

Customs clearing food products through the U.S. border can be challenging if you do not know how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) works.


Bruce Heyman Confirmed By U.S. Senate As Ambassador to Canada

By Susana Mas, CBC News Mar 13, 2014

'Time to get to work!' Bruce Heyman says on Twitter


Vancouver Port Strike Stops 90% of Container Truck Traffic

CBC News Mar 11, 2014

Port says strike threatens serious economic harm


Canada Announces Historic Free Trade Agreement with the Republic of Korea

The Office of the Prime Minister Mar 11, 2014

Canada and the Republic of Korea have concluded negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement


Senate Confirms Kerlikowske to Head Customs and Border Protection

By Josh Hicks, Washington Post Mar 10, 2014

The Senate on Thursday voted by unanimous consent to confirm U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske as the next head of Customs and Border Protection.


Government Acts to Get Grain Moving in Western Canada

Transport Canada & Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Mar 10, 2014

Immediate measures require railways to deliver specific quantities of grain per week and to regularly report on volume carried


Harper Arrives in South Korea for Expected Free-Trade Deal

CTV News Mar 10, 2014

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has arrived in Seoul, where he is widely expected to announce a free-trade deal with South Korea.


Truckers Reject Vancouver Port Deal: Strike to Begin Monday

CBC News Mar 10, 2014

Picket lines go up after 98% of unionized truckers vote in favour of strike action


7 Excellent Reasons to Invest in Trade Compliance Education

ABC Customs Brokers Mar 06, 2014

Today’s business climate is fast paced. Time is limited and precious, and there is always a long list of tasks to accomplish. So why would you take valuable time out of your busy schedule to attend a trade compliance seminar or workshop?


NAFTA Trade Hits Record High

Today's Trucking Mar 05, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC — The value of U.S. trade with Canada and Mexico was $103.1 billion in October, exceeding the $100 billion mark for the first month on record, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.


Striking Truckers Reject Vancouver Port's “back-door deal”

By @jenstden, Business Vancouver Mar 05, 2014

In an attempt to get striking truckers back on the job, Port Metro Vancouver and the British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA) have released an eight-point plan they say addresses many of the concerns raised by truckers.


US President Obama Outlines Plan To Invest In Roads, Railways and Bridges

By Canadian Shipper , Canadian Shipper Mar 04, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn.--President Barack Obama has proposed spending US $300 billion to upgrade roads and railways, saying the investment is a worthy one that would attract businesses and put people to work.


Minister Yelich Highlights Deepening Commercial Ties with China

Foreign Affairs, trade and Development Canada Mar 04, 2014

The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), today concluded a four-day visit to Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Beijing, China, where she engaged with government and business leaders to help position Canada as a partner of choice for trade and investment and to highlight the strong and growing ties between Canada and China. T


Canada Highlights Trade and Investment Opportunities with Southeastern Europe

Toronto, Ontario - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada Mar 04, 2014

Erin O’Toole, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, today highlighted Canada’s growing trade relationship with Southeastern Europe during remarks he delivered at the NATO Council of Canada Conference on Investment and Business Opportunities in South Eastern Europe.


Minister Fast Signs Investment Agreement with Cameroon

Ottawa, Ontario - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada Mar 04, 2014

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi, Cameroon’s Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development, today signed the Canada-Cameroon Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA).


In Mexico Meeting, a Show of Friendship With Few Results on Immigration and Trade

By Peter Baker and Elisabeth Malkin, The New York Times Mar 04, 2014

They call it the "Three Amigos" summit meeting, and President Obama and his Mexican and Canadian counterparts played their parts on Wednesday.


Freer Trade With China Is Win-Win for Everyone

By Geoffrey Garrett , U.S. News Mar 04, 2014

 
China's rise evokes geopolitical questions. Will China be an aggressive superpower? How should the United States respond? What about American allies like Australia that increasingly rely on China for their prosperity?


Truckers’ Union Gives Strike Notice, Turning Up Heat in Vancouver Port Dispute

By Scott Deveau, Financial Post Mar 04, 2014

The union representing roughly 400 truckers at the Port Metro Vancouver served 72-hour strike notice Monday that threatens to escalate the ongoing dispute at the country's busiest port.


Obama Says He Will Tighten Fuel Standards for Big Trucks

By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun Feb 26, 2014

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will tighten fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks as part of an effort to address greenhouse gas pollution administratively rather than waiting on Congress.


Statement of the Ministers and Heads of Delegation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Countries

The Office of the United States Trade Representative Feb 25, 2014

Ministers complete four-day meeting, making further strides toward a final agreement


EU, US Reps Meet Ahead of TTIP Trade Talks

SBS Feb 24, 2014

US and EU representatives are meeting in Washington DC to prepare for next month's talks on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership deal.


Canada, Mexico Sign Deals to Boost Trade, Growth, Air Travel

By Angela Mulholland, CTV News Feb 24, 2014

Canada and Mexico signed a number of agreements Tuesday to boost trade and economic growth between the two countries, including a deal to expand air travel despite an ongoing dispute over Canada’s visa policy for Mexican travellers.


New Intellectual Property Treaties Seen as Path to TPP

By Peter Mazereeuw, Embassy Feb 24, 2014

More foreign intellectual property will be enforced in Canada, says one analyst.


Obama to Sign Executive Order Streamlining Imports, Exports

By Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times Feb 24, 2014

President Obama plans to sign an order Wednesday that officials say will cut the waiting time on permits to import and export goods "from days to minutes."


Trade Compliance Verifications - February 2014

Canada Border Services Agency Feb 24, 2014

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is committed to publicly releasing a semi-annual list of all of its active compliance verification priorities, in the interest of transparency and the promotion of self-compliance.


Mandatory ACI eManifest Rapidly Approaching

ABC Customs Brokers Feb 20, 2014

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is now only a couple of steps away from the implementation of mandatory ACI eManifest reporting for carriers.  


Considerations When Importing Produce Into Canada

ABC Customs Brokers Feb 20, 2014

The importation of produce into Canada is a hugely important industry and it brings with it some unique challenges.


5 Reasons Canada Needs a Trade Deal with Korea Now

Financial Post Feb 18, 2014

EU auto exports to Korea have virtually doubled since the Korea-EU FTA


163 Ways to Supercharge Your Supply Chain

By Inbound Logistics Staff, Inbound Logistics Feb 17, 2014

Supply chain gone stale? Inbound Logistics compiled these actionable tips to help revitalize your warehousing, 3PL, trucking, and global logistics operations.


Mexico to Seek Trade Commitment from Canada and U.S. at the ‘Three Amigos’ Summit

By Jordan Press, Canada.com Feb 17, 2014

The Mexican government wants Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama to have the three countries make economic decisions as a bloc — and is hoping for a commitment at a leaders summit this week.


Singapore PM Says Negotiators "Very Close to Completing" TPP Talks

Shanghai Daily Feb 17, 2014

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said the participants in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks are "very close to completing it," according to an interview published on Monday.