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International Trade News Stories posted since July 23, 2014


Duty Rates Increase for Imports from Several GPT Countries January 1

ABC Customs Brokers Sep 18, 2014

Effective January 1, 2015, the Canadian government intends to withdraw eligibility to the General Preferential Tariff (GPT) from 72 higher-income and trade competitive countries (out of current 175 beneficiaries), including China, South Korea, India and Brazil.


CBP Moving Ahead with C-TPAT for Exporters

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Sep 16, 2014

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is indicating that it is extending eligibility for the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism to exporters.


Canada's National Beef Import Levy

Canada Beef Inc. via Canadian Society of Customs Brokers Sep 16, 2014

Information for Beef Importers


Export Filing Exemptions for Temporary Exports, Carnets, TIBs Reinstated

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Sep 16, 2014

The Census Bureau has issued an interim final rule reinstating export filing exemptions for temporary exports, which includes carnets, and goods previously imported under a temporary import bond and exported in the same condition.


U.S., EU Intensify Economic Sanctions Against Russia

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Sep 16, 2014

The United States and the European Union have implemented additional economic sanctions against Russia in response to what they claim are continued and deliberate efforts to destabilize eastern Ukraine.


Canada Breaking Down Trade Barriers

Advisor Sep 16, 2014


Canada-China Investment Treaty to Come into Force Oct. 1

By Susan Lunn, CBC News Sep 16, 2014

Conservatives ratify foreign investment treaty more than 2 years after signing deal


Fact Check: CETA and the Canadian Marine Shipping Industry

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada Sep 16, 2014


Complexity of New Free-Trade Deals Challenging Canadian Companies

By Barrie McKenna, The Globe and Mail Sep 16, 2014

A complex web of overlapping free-trade agreements is creating opportunity, but also new challenges, for Canadian food and agricultural producers.


5 Keys to Import Successfully into the USA

ABC Customs Brokers Sep 11, 2014

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


NAFTA Panel Throws Out $1.5 Billion Case Over FDA Import Alert

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Sep 09, 2014

A NAFTA arbitral tribunal rejected this week all claims brought against the U.S. by two Canadian pharmaceutical companies that had sought up to $1.5 billion in damages for losses allegedly caused by an import alert issued by the Food and Drug Administration.


Import and Export of Controlled Substances and Precursors – D19-9-2 Updated

By Canada Border Services Agency, Sep 09, 2014

This memorandum outlines the pertinent regulatory requirements and each organization’s roles and responsibilities associated with the import and export of controlled substances and precursors (including transit and transhipment) regulated under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.


Anti-Dumping: Notice of Conclusion of Re-investigation – Refined Sugar

Canada Border Services Agency Sep 09, 2014

On September 4, 2014 Canada Border Services Agency concluded a re-investigation of normal values and export prices of refined sugar


Celebrating 10th Anniversary of Canada-Mexico Partnership

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada Sep 09, 2014

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced that the Canada-Mexico Partnership (CMP) annual meeting will take place in Calgary on September 8 and 9, 2014.


EU Members at Odds Over Trade Deal with Canada

By Anca Gurzu, Embassy Sep 09, 2014

EU chief negotiator warns EU parliamentarians and member states of the consequences of reopening talks on a controversial investment protection section.


Canadian Exports to Europe on Rise

By Gordon Isfeld, Financial Post Sep 09, 2014

Boost comes despite EU's flat economy


U.S. and Canada Launch “Joint Forward Plan” to Cut Red Tape

Office of the Prime Minister Sep 09, 2014

Canada and the United States Commit to Deepening the Level of Regulatory Cooperation


New Seizure Policy for Undervaluations Discovered in the Courier LVS Program

Canada Border Services Agency via the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers Sep 02, 2014

CBSA will shortly be implementing a new seizure policy for undervalued shipments imported through the Courier Low Value Shipment (CLVS).


Incoterms® 2010: Speaking the Same Language

By Frank Reynolds, Inbound Logistics Sep 02, 2014

Incoterms 2010 rules are 11 terms of shipment and delivery used in business-to-business purchase contracts and tangible portable goods sales.


Container Volumes on the Rise at North American Ports

Journal of Commerce Sep 02, 2014

The number of containers moving through major North American ports was up over 4 percent in the first half of 2014, port statistics show.


Canadian Trade on Track for Healthy Growth

By Mark Szakonyi, Journal of Commerce Sep 02, 2014

Canadian export growth is slated to rise to 4.7 percent this year and 7.7 percent in 2015, as global and particularly U.S. demand builds, non-energy shipments rise, and the Canadian dollar weakens, according to the Royal Bank of Canada.


Ontario, B.C. Teaming Up to Rally Support for Chinese Yuan Trading Hub in Canada

By John Greenwood , Financial Post Sep 02, 2014

A push to create a yuan trading hub in Canada is gaining momentum as countries around the world race to boost their share of trading in Chinese currency, which has grown dramatically along with China’s economy.


Canada-EU Trade Deal Threatened by EU Lawmakers

CBC News Sep 02, 2014

EU lawmakers are threatening to block a multi-billion dollar trade pact between Canada and the European Union — a blueprint for a much bigger EU-U.S. deal — because it would allow firms to sue governments if they breach the treaty.


How Other Government Departments Facilitate the Flow of Your Imported Goods

By Crystal Higgs, Aug 28, 2014


APEC Moving Forward on Trade Facilitation as Global Pact Stalls

APEC Aug 26, 2014

Issued by the APEC Committee on Trade and Investment


China hopes WTO Can Resolve Differences and Sign Deal

Reuters Aug 26, 2014

China said on Monday it regretted World Trade Organisation members had failed to reach an agreement on simplifying global customs rules, a breakdown it said could damage multilateral trade.


South America Steps in to Meet Russian Needs

By Chris Harris, 5M Publishing Aug 26, 2014

The trade war with between Russia and the EU, US, Canada, Australia and Norway that has flared up because of sanctions imposed over the crisis in Ukraine was stepped up this week.


CBSA Marks New Modular Port Facility at West Poplar River

Canada Border Services Agency Aug 26, 2014

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today the new modular port at West Poplar River in southern Saskatchewan. CBSA President Luc Portelance and Vice-President of Comptrollership Claude Rochette marked the occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony.


Three New CBSA Port of Entry Facilities Opened in Southern Manitoba

Canada Border Services Agency Aug 26, 2014


USDA Confirms Rule Easing Bulk Exports of Apples to Canada

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Aug 26, 2014


Lacey Act Plant Import Declaration Under Review by USDA

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report Aug 26, 2014

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through Oct. 20 on the proposed extension of an information collection required by the Lacey Act for the importation of certain plants and plant products.


US-EU Sanctions on Russia Counterproductive: Analyst

Press TV Aug 26, 2014

A political analyst says the tightening of sanctions by the United States and the European Union (EU) against Russia is “counterproductive,” Press TV reports.


Canada Announces Mandatory Labelling of Mechanically Tenderized Beef

Health Canada Aug 26, 2014

New labels will help improve food safety for Canadians


Lobster Trade May Profit from Canada-EU Trade Deal, says Shea

CBC News Aug 26, 2014

Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea says industry must promote itself to new markets


Industry Minister Pitches Changes to Interprovincial Trade

CBC News Aug 26, 2014

Industry Minister James Moore lays out recommendations ahead of annual meeting of premiers in P.E.I


The Trouble with Too Much Free Trade

By John Lorinc, Profit Guide Aug 26, 2014

The feds look at port congestion; why CETA means change for cheese producers; and why seminal interest rates are going nowhere


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