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International Trade News Stories posted since February 26, 2015


South Africa and U.S. Agree to Build Trade Ties

AllAfrica Apr 21, 2015

South Africa and the United States have agreed to strengthen and deepen their bilateral trade and investment relations following the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (Tifa) Council meeting in Washington DC.


US, Japan Trade Officials Say Gaps Remain on Farm, Auto Market Barriers But End in Sight

By Elaine Kurtenbach, U.S. News & World Report Apr 21, 2015


U.S. Sets Preliminary Duties on Melamine Imports from China

By Krista Hughes, Reuters Apr 21, 2015


The United States and Canada Improve Cross-Border Trade and Transportation Through Innovative Partnership

By Andres Leon, International Trade Administration Apr 21, 2015


Top U.S. Exports Still Generate $67B Trade Deficit

By Andy Szal, Manufacturing.net Apr 21, 2015


Canada’s Food Safety System Praised for Quality Assurance, Product Controls

By Dan Yates, The Western Producer Apr 21, 2015

As a United Nations organization put a spotlight on global food safety issues, a Saskatchewan-based researcher had high praise for Canada’s system of checks and balances.


Canada is Lagging in Trade Talks, and Exporters Will Pay the Price

By John Weekes, The Globe and Mail Apr 21, 2015


Canadian and Indian Companies Sign 16 Commercial Agreements Worth 1.6 Bn Dollars

The Office of the Prime Minister Apr 21, 2015

PM welcomes commercial announcements by Canadian and Indian companies


New Zealand Trade Minister Urges Canada To Get Serious On TPP And Open Up Its Dairy Sector

By Kalyan Kumar , International Business Times Apr 21, 2015

New Zealand has urged Canada to get serious on the Trans Pacific Pact agreement and make a meaningful offer to open up its markets as the U.S. is moving ahead to fast track it.


Safe Food for Canadians: Update for Food Importers, Exporters and Producers

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency Apr 20, 2015

CFIA Consultation with Micro and Small Businesses Closes June 30


Lanes Re-open On Ambassador Bridge Linking Detroit and Windsor After Truck fire Halts Traffic

By Carolyn Thompson , National Post Apr 15, 2015


Asia-Pacific: Groundbreaking Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks Stall

By Chuck Chiang, Vancouver Sun Apr 14, 2015

In the soft-power battle for the direction of and influence over Asia-Pacific’s future, the ammunition has always been money.


The True Myths on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

By Global Research, Dr. Dean Baker Apr 14, 2015

The proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are doing everything they can to try to push their case as they prepare for the fast-track vote before Congress this month.


Food Facility Registration Requirements Would See Significant Changes Under FDA Proposal

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Apr 14, 2015


What Dropping the Cuba Trade Embargo Could Mean for U.S. Farmers

By Kristofor Husted, Harvest Public Media Apr 14, 2015


U.S. Seeks to Reduce Trade Barriers

By Jon Chavez, The Blade Apr 14, 2015

Report: Ohio’s exports hit $52.1B last year


Japan, U.S. Aim for Pacific Trade Pact Progress Before Summit

Reuters Apr 14, 2015

Japanese and U.S. officials will meet from Wednesday in a bid to strike a two-way deal giving momentum to a pan-Pacific free-trade pact, the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), ahead of a leaders' summit late this month.


Canada –U.S. Cargo Security Project was Almost Killed

By Jim Bronskill , Metro Apr 14, 2015


Australia a Better Trade Partner Than Japan

The Record Apr 14, 2015

Japan is Canada's best bet as an Asian trading partner


RBC Completes First Cross-Border Payment on Canada's New Renminbi (RMB) Trading Hub

Royal Bank of Canada Apr 14, 2015


Canada Chases ‘Ambitious’ Free-Trade Pact with India

By Barrie McKenna, The Globe and Mail Apr 14, 2015

Ottawa is pushing hard to get an investment deal with India and open markets for a clutch of key exports as Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes his first visit to Canada this week.


Harper Government Announces Modernization of Free Trade Agreement with Chile

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada Apr 14, 2015


Harper Government Invests More Than $30 Million to Further Enhance Food Safety

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Apr 14, 2015

Canada strengthening its ability to anticipate, detect and respond to food safety risks


Changes to Import Permit Requirements for Pet Food and Treats From USA

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Apr 14, 2015


Six Methods of Determining Customs Valuation

ABC Customs Brokers Apr 09, 2015

Valuation is the determination of the correct value of goods being imported and declared to the Canada Border Services Agency. CBSA requires all goods imported into Canada have a value for duty which is the base figure on which an importer calculates the duty and taxes he/she may owe the CBSA on their goods.


Pallet Recycling Company to Pay $100,000 Fine and Former Owner Sentenced for Environmental Crime

The United States Department of Justice Apr 07, 2015


U.S. Trade Office Says Chinese Laws May Breach WTO Rules

Reuters Apr 07, 2015

China's bank technology restrictions and a draft anti-terrorism law may run counter to the country's international trade commitments, the U.S. Trade Representative said in a report released on Wednesday.


U.S. COOL Changes Rejected by NFU

ThePoultrySite Apr 07, 2015

The National Farmers Union in the US has urged the government not to discuss laws changing Country-of-Origin Labelling (COOL) until after a World Trade Organisation ruling on the matter.


CBP Plans Pilot Tests of Electronic Cargo Manifests Ahead of Mandatory ACE

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Apr 07, 2015


NAFTA Certificates of Origin Enhancements and Use of Expired Certificates

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Apr 07, 2015


US, Japan Try to Finish Trade Deal Before PM's Visit

JournalStar Apr 07, 2015

U.S. and Japanese negotiators are rushing to complete a politically charged trade agreement they can unveil during Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Washington later this month, something they hope will pave the way for a broader Asia-Pacific pact with 10 other countries.


Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Matters

By Roger C. Altman, Chairman, Evercore Partners, Inc., and Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations, Council on Foreign Relations Apr 07, 2015


NAFTA Ruling Allows Companies to Seek Damages for Possible Breaches of Canadian law

By Larry Brown, National Secretary-Treasurer, National Union of Public and General Employees Apr 07, 2015

These agreements have included a clause giving individual companies the right to challenge the decisions of democratically elected governments, in ways that citizens themselves don’t have.


Free Trade in Milk? What a Crazy Idea

The Globe and Mail Apr 07, 2015

Canada’s dairy farmers, ensconced behind towering tariff walls, have long enjoyed near-exclusive access to captive Canadian consumers. But here and there, there are new breaches in the ramparts.


As Modi Visit Looms, Canada Restarts India Trade Talks

By Sneh Duggal, Embassy Apr 07, 2015

Little is being said about the specifics of the ninth round, held just weeks before a scheduled April visit by the Indian leader.


CFIA Takes Further Action to Protect Forest Areas from Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Apr 07, 2015

An interim province-based regulation approach will be introduced on April 2, 2015.


Honda Canada Planning to Export Vehicles to Europe Under Canada-EU Trade Deal

CBC News Apr 07, 2015

Honda Canada plans to take advantage of the still-to-be ratified free-trade agreement with the European Union to produce vehicles for export to Europe for the first time, the auto company announced Monday.


Free Trade, Maybe, But Smaller Companies Are Buried in Costs

By Barrie McKenna , The Globe and Mail Apr 07, 2015

For Stephen Harper, signing free trade deals in Europe and Asia isn’t just about selling more Canadian planes, beef or potash.


5 Keys to Import Successfully into the USA

ABC Customs Brokers Apr 02, 2015

If you are new to importing goods into the United States there are many requirements, restrictions, and regulations involved.


China-U.S. Trade Engagement in Asia Could Be Win-Win

By Li Shengjiao, Caixin Mar 31, 2015

Politicians in Washington should drop the China threat theory and stop putting the two countries on a collision course


U.S. Businesses Plead with Lawmakers to Avoid Trade War with Canada

By Alexander Panetta , The Globe and Mail Mar 31, 2015


COOL No Impact on Canadian Cattle Trade, Says Report

TheCattleSite Mar 31, 2015


Canada's Grain Supply Chain Returning to Normal

Transport Canada & Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Mar 31, 2015

Movement of grain by rail has improved over the past year


EDC and ICBK Sign RMB Agreement

Government of Canada Mar 31, 2015

Export Development Canada (EDC), Canada’s trade finance agency, and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Canada) (ICBK), today agreed to work together to promote the use of Renminbi (RMB) as a currency of settlement in trade-related transactions.


Canada's Auto Trade Deficit Could Widen

CBC News Mar 31, 2015

EU and South Korea trade deals and loss of assembly capacity threaten vehicle output


Canada Should Open Dairy Industry to Free Trade, Australian Farmers Say

By Barrie McKenna, The Globe and Mail Mar 31, 2015

The head of Australia’s dairy lobby has some advice for Canadian farmers: Embrace free trade, and thrive.


Comprehensive Trade Agreements Take a Long Time, So Mini-deals Pay Quicker Dividends

By Chuck Chiang, Vancouver Sun Mar 31, 2015

Asia-Pacific: B.C. bets on small product-specific trade deals


Global Customs Community Strengthens Security Measures

By Juliet Alohan, The World Customs Organisation Mar 31, 2015

The WCO and its Members have pledged to remain vigilant and to continue to take an active security role in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in the different regions.


Canada Customs Invoice: 7 Mandatory Fields

ABC Customs Brokers Mar 26, 2015


10 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Customs Broker

ABC Customs Brokers Mar 26, 2015

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. Although this would seem like a fairly simple decision, not all customs brokers provide the same services and they can play a key role in the long term success of your company.


Toronto Becomes First Renminbi Trading Hub in North America

By Pete Evans, CBC News Mar 24, 2015

Direct exchange hub could smooth way for businessess doing deals in China


U.S.-Mexico Sugar Pact Gets U.S. Trade Commission Okay

By Chris Prentice , Reuters Mar 24, 2015

Agreement suspended duties on imports of sugar from Mexico


Germany Pledges to Stand Firm in US-EU TTIP Trade Talks

Deutsche Welle Mar 24, 2015

German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has pledged to prevent any clauses in a US-EU trade deal that go against the ideals of his party, the Social Democrats - including protection clauses called for by the US.


Stronger Export Enforcement Efforts are Facilitating Trade, Official Says

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Mar 24, 2015

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement David Mills recently gave an update on the Bureau of Industry and Security’s export enforcement efforts amid the ongoing Export Control Reform initiative.


U.S. Trade Officials to Review Canadian Paper Imports

Reuters Mar 24, 2015

U.S. trade officials will investigate a complaint that imports of Canadian paper benefit from unfair government subsidies, the Department of Commerce said on Thursday, a move which could end in import duties.


Philippines, Canada Set Exchange of Trade, Invest Missions

By Louella D. Desiderio, The Philippine Star Mar 24, 2015

In a joint statement, Canada’s Minister of International Trade Ed Fast and Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo said they met in Manila last Friday “to discuss the potential for enhanced bilateral trade and investment relations between our two countries.”


PM Announces Support to Open New Markets for Small and Medium-sized Businesses

The Office of the Prime Minister Mar 24, 2015


Ambassador Heyman Says U.S.-Canada Relations Are Complex, But 'Pretty Good'

By Ian Bailey, The Globe and Mail Mar 24, 2015

U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman says “challenges” are inevitable in the complex Canada-United States relationship, but is playing down suggestions of a chill showing up in his troubled first year as envoy in Canada as reported by The Globe and Mail.


Implementation of CFIA Horticulture Plant List

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Mar 23, 2015


Why Obama’s Key Trade Deal with Asia Would Actually Be Good for American Workers

By David Autor, David Dorn and Gordon H. Hanson, Washington Post Mar 17, 2015


FTA Boosts Trade with U.S.

Korea JoongAng Daily Mar 17, 2015

Korea’s market share has grown even at a time of weak yen


[India] Ease of Doing Business: Only 3 Documents Needed for Imports, Exports

The Economic Times Mar 17, 2015

As part of efforts to improve its ranking on 'Ease of Doing Business', India today reduced the number of mandatory documents required for import and export of goods to three in each case.


Analysts Say Difficult to Tell if Canada’s Sanctions on Russia Having Impact

By Chris Plecash, Embassy Mar 17, 2015

Observers say Canadian companies face compliance costs given legal situation.


Statement by the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance on Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Talks

Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance Mar 17, 2015

On news that Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) chief negotiators will meet March 9–15, Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) President Lisa Skierka today issued the following statement on the status of the TPP trade talks.


Canada Faces Tough Choices in Pacific Trade Talks

Reuters Mar 17, 2015

Canada faces difficult choices in talks on a proposed 12-country Pacific trade pact and is doing its best to protect national interests, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday.


Canada Ramps Up Focus on Southeast Asian Trade

By Chuck Chiang, Vancouver Sun Mar 17, 2015

It is no coincidence that Southeast Asia has appeared more prominently in Canada's economic consciousness recently.


New Border Deal: Canada Customs Agents Could Work in U.S., Vice Versa

Alexander Panetta Mar 17, 2015

New deal needs legal, budgetary approval before being implemented


How Your Small Business Can Benefit from a Customs Broker

Mar 12, 2015

A common misconception held by new businesses or ones that are bootstrapped for cash is that only big or established businesses doing a $5M+ in revenue could benefit from the cost savings that a customs broker can help coordinate.


Imported Chinese Solar Panels to be Subject to Stiff Duties in Canada

By Richard Blackwell, The Globe and Mail Mar 10, 2015

The Canada Border Services Agency has ruled that cheap subsidized Chinese solar modules are being dumped into Canada, and is imposing stiff provisional import duties to protect Canadian manufacturers.


‘Transparency Needed to De-mystify EU-US Trade Agreement’ – Economy Minister

By Tim Diacono , Malta Today Mar 10, 2015

Chamber of Commerce President says TTIP agreement will add 0.5% to GDP growth annually in EU and create 1.3 million jobs in the EU over the next 10 years


Producers Brace for End of Long Truce in U.S.-Canada Lumber Wars

By Barrie McKenna, The Globe and Mail Mar 10, 2015

Canada’s lumber producers should be a happy lot. The U.S. housing market is coming back, exports are rising and the Canadian dollar is cheap.


China Agrees to Provide 10-year Visas to Canadians

By Nathan Vanderklippe, The Globe and Mail Mar 10, 2015

The Canadian business community has pushed Ottawa to launch free-trade talks with Beijing.


What You Need to Know to Get Your FDA Regulated Product Across the Border

By Aimee Miller, Mar 05, 2015


March 19: Breakfast with U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman

The American Chamber of Commerce – Pacific Chapter Mar 05, 2015

The American Chamber of Commerce – Pacific Chapter is proudly hosting the U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman for a breakfast event on March 19, 2015.


Japanese Negotiator Says Trade Deal with the U.S. Possible by Spring

Cape Breton Post Mar 04, 2015

A deal between Japan and the U.S. needed to move ahead with a Pacific Rim trade pact is possible by this spring, a top Japanese trade negotiator said Tuesday.


Pro-COOL U.S. Farm Groups Seeking to Capitalize on Canada's Latest BSE Case

By Amanda Stephenson, Calgary Herald Mar 04, 2015

A handful of U.S. farm groups are trying to use Canada’s newest BSE case to prop up arguments in favour of mandatory country-of-origin labelling, or COOL.


Customs Operations Would be Slowed if DHS Appropriations Bill Fails

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Mar 04, 2015


New $2.1 Billion Detroit-Windsor Bridge Promises Boon to U.S. Trade

By Eric Pianin, The Fiscal Times Mar 04, 2015

Amid the gloom over the partisan deadlock in Washington over an infrastructure program and the Keystone XL pipeline, the U.S. and Canadian governments have quietly cut a deal on a new $2.1 billion bridge linking Detroit and Ontario designed to eliminate a massive bottleneck in the flow of goods between the two countries.


Brazil’s Ambassador to Canada Calls for Greater Trade Between Two Natural Resource Giants

By Simon Rees, Mining Weekly Mar 04, 2015

Brazil sought to boost the level of bilateral trade with Canada, particularly in the sphere of mining, the country’s ambassador to Canada Pedro Fernando Brêtas Bastos told audience members at the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce mining breakfast on Monday.


Industry Celebrates Passage of Act that Will Modernize Canadian Agriculture

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Mar 04, 2015

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today that the Agricultural Growth Act (Bill C-18) received Royal Assent. The Agricultural Growth Act will modernize Canadian agriculture and increase trade opportunities for farmers.


Canadian Consumers Already Benefiting from Korean Trade Deal

By Patrick Gervais , Law Times Mar 04, 2015

Canadian consumers are already benefiting from the Canada-South Korea free-trade agreement that came into force on Jan. 1.


Alberta Beef Producers Concerned as More Countries Restrict Canadian Beef Imports Due to BSE

Global News Mar 04, 2015


Canada-U.S. Relations 'May Never Be the Same': Allan Gotlieb

By Alexander Panetta, Toronto Star Mar 04, 2015

Diplomatic chill: Former Canadian ambassador to Washington Allan Gotlieb blames Obama, says he’s never seen such coolness between Canada, United States


Wood Packaging Material: Heat Treatment Requirements Anticipated this Year

Canadian Trucking Alliance Mar 04, 2015


7 Excellent Reasons to Invest in Trade Compliance Education

ABC Customs Brokers Feb 26, 2015

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?