Weekly News - Canada



18 June 2013
Warning CBSA Border Information Service does not make phone calls - (CBSA)

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) wants to warn citizens of possible phone-scam fraud. The CBSA has recently learned that persons purporting to be employed at the CBSAs Border Information Service have been calling Canadians and requesting personal information and payment over the phone.

The CBSA BIS call centre is a free information service for general enquiries regarding CBSA procedures, programs and services. This unit is not designed nor is it mandated to make phone calls requesting personal information or payment over the phone.

Should citizens be contacted by anyone claiming to be a CBSA officer working at the BIS, they should immediately call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre toll free at 1-888-495-8501.

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/media/release-communique/2013/2013-06-18a-eng.html

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27 February 2012
NOTICE270 Elimination of the HST in British Columbia in 2013 - (CSCB)

Members may be interested in the following notice that CRA has made available on their website:

NOTICE270 Elimination of the HST in British Columbia in 2013 - Questions and Answers

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pub/gi/notice270/notice270-e.html

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21 February 2012
Ongoing Free Trade Negotiations and Agreements - (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

This message is to clarify the notice sent to all partners on December 21, 2011 - New Seal Standards - March 1, 2012. The message advised PIP partners that the new International Organization for Standardization (ISO) mechanical seal standard (ISO 17712:2010 ) is scheduled to become effective on March 1, 2012, and recommended that certified companies begin phasing in ISO 17712:2010 compliant seals after their current stocks of high security seals have been exhausted.

Since the issuance of the previous notice, PIP has learned that the tamper evidence element of the ISO 17712:2010 requirements (Clause 6) cannot be met. To date, no accredited independent laboratories have been willing to test and certify seals as complying with the tamper evidence requirement. Consequently, PIP has determined that implementation of the new standard is not viable by the March 01, 2012 deadline.

PIP has also become aware that the ISO is working to amend ISO 17712:2010 to address the issue with this standard. Therefore, implementation of the new ISO 17712:2010 standard for mechanical seals will be delayed until PIP receives definitive information that ISO has resolved this issue. PIP partners will be advised when the ISO has resolved the tamper evidence issue with the ISO 17712:2010 standard.

Since the ISO 17712: 2010 (18 mm) certification for high security seals is attainable without the Clause 6 testing portion of the standard, PIP encourages partners to buy seals that meet this part of the standard. If PIP companies decide to transition to seals that meet this portion of the new ISO standard, they should request documentation to confirm that the purchased seals comply with the current testing requirements for ISO 17712: 2010 (18 mm) certification.

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21 February 2012
New Seal Standards - March 1, 2012 - (CBSA)

This message is to clarify the notice sent to all partners on December 21, 2011 - New Seal Standards - March 1, 2012. The message advised PIP partners that the new International Organization for Standardization (ISO) mechanical seal standard (ISO 17712:2010 ) is scheduled to become effective on March 1, 2012, and recommended that certified companies begin phasing in ISO 17712:2010 compliant seals after their current stocks of high security seals have been exhausted.

Since the issuance of the previous notice, PIP has learned that the tamper evidence element of the ISO 17712:2010 requirements (Clause 6) cannot be met. To date, no accredited independent laboratories have been willing to test and certify seals as complying with the tamper evidence requirement. Consequently, PIP has determined that implementation of the new standard is not viable by the March 01, 2012 deadline.

PIP has also become aware that the ISO is working to amend ISO 17712:2010 to address the issue with this standard. Therefore, implementation of the new ISO 17712:2010 standard for mechanical seals will be delayed until PIP receives definitive information that ISO has resolved this issue. PIP partners will be advised when the ISO has resolved the tamper evidence issue with the ISO 17712:2010 standard.

Since the ISO 17712: 2010 (18 mm) certification for high security seals is attainable without the Clause 6 testing portion of the standard, PIP encourages partners to buy seals that meet this part of the standard. If PIP companies decide to transition to seals that meet this portion of the new ISO standard, they should request documentation to confirm that the purchased seals comply with the current testing requirements for ISO 17712: 2010 (18 mm) certification.

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21 February 2012
Customs chief Bersin returns to DHS post - (CBSA)

Dumping file #: 4214-22

Dumping case #: AD/1379

Subsidy Case #: CV/124

Subsidy file #: 4218-26

This notice advises that, on February 20, 2012, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) concluded its re-investigation of the normal values, export prices and amounts of subsidy of certain aluminum extrusions originating in or exported from the People's Republic of China (China), pursuant to the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA).

To view the entire notice, please visit the CBSA website at:

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/sima-lmsi/ri-re/ad1379/ad1379-ri11-nc-eng.html

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1 February 2012
Canada Imposes Tougher Sanctions on Iran - (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

"Canada continues to be increasingly concerned by the actions of the Iranian authorities.

"Effective immediately, Canada is expanding existing sanctions against Iran. Five entities and three individuals are being added to the list of designated persons. They will join a long list of supporters and associates of the Iranian regime whose assets have been frozen.

This release is available in its entirety at:

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-eng.do?mthd=tp&crtr.page=1&nid=654189&crtr.tp1D=1

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26 January 2012
Canada Further Expands Sanctions Against Syria - (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced new sanctions against Syria’s Assad regime in concert with like-minded countries:

“We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to isolate this reprehensible regime."

This release is available in its entirety at:

http://www.international.gc.ca/media/aff/news-communiques/2012/01/25c.aspx?lang=eng&view=d

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25 January 2012
What to Expect: Secondary Services and Inspections - (CBSA)

This guide has been updated and is available on CBSA's website at:

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/pub/bsf5146-eng.html

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24 January 2012
Safeguarding Canadian Forests - Full Enforcement of ISPM 15 Requirements - (CBSA)

Will your business be ready for January 2013? That is when Canada and the US will begin full enforcement of the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM 15) for non-manufactured wood packaging material (WPM) moving between Canada and the US. Until now, non-manufactured WPM originating from Canada or the US and used exclusively in trade between the two countries has been exempt from the ISPM 15 requirements. However, a growing number of harmful pests have become a concern for the environment in both countries, spurring the removal of this exemption.

In the coming months, the CBSA and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will be providing more information on the new ISPM 15 requirements. They encourage you to start sourcing supplies of ISPM 15-compliant WPM to ensure shipments are compliant once full implementation and enforcement activities commence. For more information, please visit the CBSA Web site at:

http://cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/security-securite/wp-meb-eng.html

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20 January 2012
Asia-Pacific Gateway Facilitates Record Lumber Exports - (Foreign Trade Affairs and International Trade Canada)

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, today released the following statement in response to a report from Forestry Innovation Investment, a B.C. Crown agency, that exporters in that province are sending record amounts of lumber to China:

“Our government’s commitment to expanding Canada’s access to high-growth foreign markets is creating jobs and economic growth across Canada...

This release is available in its entirety at:

http://www.international.gc.ca/media_commerce/comm/news-communiques/2012/01/19a.aspx?lang=eng&view=d

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20 January 2012
Importation of non-manufactured and non-propagative wood products from U.S. states - (CFIA)

Importation of non-manufactured and non-propagative wood products from U.S. states where the Asian long-horned beetle (ALHB) (Anoplophora glabripennis) is known to occur (ie.,Massachussetts, New Jersey, New York and Ohio).

The CFIA just published a new policy directive, D-11-05, Phytosanitary requirements for non-manufactured and non-propagative wood products to prevent the introduction from the continental United States and spread within Canada of the Asian Long-horned Beetle, Anoplophora glabripennis (Motschulsky).

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/plants/plant-protection/directives/forestry/d-11-05/eng/1326390329570/1326390421438

Specifically, it governs the movement of logs, lumber, railway ties and wood/bark chips in the genera Acer (Maple), Aesculus (Horsechestnut), Albizia (White Silk), Betula (Birch), Celtis (Hackberry), Platanus (Plane or Sycamore), Populus (Poplar), Salix (Willow), Sorbus (Mountain Ash), and Ulmus (Elm) and firewood of all species.

Import requirements from the NON-REGULATED areas of Massachussetts, New Jersey, New York and Ohio for ALHB (as per US Federal regulations: 7 CFR 301.51) and from all other states:

No changes in import requirements.

Please note that the CFIA regulates only the US regulated areas for ALHB, as defined by USDA (7 CFR 301.51). The CFIA trusts that regulated articles leaving ALHB regulated areas will be accompanied by the proper documentation issued by US Officials.

Import requirements from the REGULATED areas of Massachussetts, New Jersey, New York and Ohio for ALHB (as per US Federal regulations: 7 CFR 301.51):

Effective February 1, 2012, the following requirements will apply for the importation of wood products from the US regulated areas of Massachussetts, New Jersey, New York and Ohio, as defined by USDA (7 CFR 301.51):

*Host genera wood/Bark chips:

44.01.22.0122.01 Ulmus

44.03.99.0151.01 Ulmus

44.01.22.0122.03 Populus

44.03.99.0151.02 Populus

44.01.22.0122.04 Salix

44.03.99.0151.06 Salix

44.01.22.0122.10 Acer

44.03.99.0151.07 Acer

44.01.22.0122.11 Aesculus

44.03.99.0151.09 Aesculus

44.01.22.0122.12 Albizia

44.03.99.0151.10 Albizia

44.01.22.0122.13 Betula

44.03.99.0151.11 Betula

44.01.22.0122.14 Celtis

44.03.99.0151.12 Celtis

44.01.22.0122.15 Platanus

44.03.99.0151.13 Platanus

44.01.22.0122.16 Sorbus

44.03.99.0151.14 Sorbus

If the wood/bark chips originate from US regulated areas for ALHB (as per US Federal regulations: 7 CFR 301.51), a Phytosanitary Certificate, attesting that the chips are 1.5 cm in less is size in 2 dimensions, will now be required. If applicable, the addditional declaration related to gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) is still required.

*Host genera lumber/railway ties:

44.07.93 Maple

44.06.10.0140.07 Ulmus

44.07.99.0134.01 Ulmus

44.06.10.0140.13 Populus

44.07.99.0134.02 Populus

44.06.10.0140.14 Salix

44.07.99.0134.03 Salix

44.06.10.0140.16 Acer

44.07.99.0134.07 Aesculus

44.06.10.0140.19 Aesculus

44.07.99.0134.08 Albizia

44.06.10.0140.21 Albizia

44.07.99.0134.09 Betula

44.06.10.0140.22 Betula

44.07.99.0134.10 Celtis

44.06.10.0140.23 Celtis

44.07.99.0134.11 Platanus

44.06.10.0140.24 Platanus

44.07.99.0134.12 Sorbus

44.06.10.0140.25 Sorbus

If the lumber/railway ties originate from US regulated areas for ALHB (as per US Federal regulations: 7 CFR 301.51), a Phytosanitary Certificate, attesting that the lumber/railway ties are heat treated or that they conform to 7 CFR 301.51, which regulates the movement of plant material from areas regulated for A. glabripennis, will now be required.

*Host genera logs:

44.03.99.0131.01 Ulmus

44.03.99.0131.02 Populus

44.03.99.0131.03 Salix

44.03.99.0131.14 Acer

44.03.99.0131.15 Aesculus

44.03.99.0131.16 Albizia

44.03.99.0131.17 Betula

44.03.99.0131.18 Celtis

44.03.99.0131.19 Platanus

44.03.99.0131.20 Sorbus

If the logs originate from US regulated areas for ALHB (as per US Federal regulations: 7 CFR 301.51), the importation will no longer be allowed. The importation of logs from the US regulated areas for ALHB will now be prohibited.

Firewood of all genera:

44.01.10.0120.00

An Import Permit is still required for the importation of firewood from Massachussetts, New Jersey, New York and Ohio. However, the importation will no longer be allowed from all areas in the state. If the firewood originates from US regulated areas for ALHB (as per US Federal regulations: 7 CFR 301.51), the importation will now be prohibited.

*Host Genera = Acer (Maple), Aesculus (Horsechestnut), Albizia (White Silk), Betula (Birch), Celtis (Hackberry), Platanus (Plane or Sycamore), Populus (Poplar), Salix (Willow), Sorbus (Mountain Ash), and Ulmus (Elm)

For all questions relating to these changes please contact:

Johanne Coulombe

Import Control and Enforcement Officer

Import control and Export Market information

Telephone: (613) 773-7240 Fax: (613) 773-7229

Johanne.Coulombe@inspection.gc.ca

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20 January 2012
South Korea to resume Canadian beef imports - (CBC News)

South Korea is resuming imports of Canadian beef after an eight-year ban, reports say.

South Korean media, including the The Korean Herald, say the government made the announcement today in Seoul...

This article is available in its entirety at:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2012/01/20/beef-ban-south-korea.html

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18 January 2012
CN 12-001, Mandatory Electronic Reporting Policy for Exporters - (CBSA)

The following is now available on the CBSA Web site:

Customs Notice 12-001 , Mandatory Electronic Reporting Policy for Exporters

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/cn-ad/cn12-001-eng.html

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16 January 2012
Canadian Food Inspection Agency Seeks Comments on Proposed Regulatory Amendments for Wine Labelling - (CFIA)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is seeking input from stakeholders and the Canadian public on regulatory amendments related to wine labelling.

The regulatory amendments will allow wine manufacturers to display mandatory labelling information on any part of the surface of the wine container, excluding its top and bottom, provided that it can all be seen without having to turn the container.

The amendments will help Canada harmonize its wine labelling rules with other wine producing trading partners and facilitate international trade in wine. Wine exporters will be able to sell wine to trade partners without having to redesign their labels for each individual market.

As well, the CFIA is proposing to develop an internationally recognized standard for icewine which will help Canadian consumers by preventing the sale of fraudulent icewine. This standard would require icewine to be made only from grapes naturally frozen on the vine.

The CFIA is conducting a 30-day consultation prior to posting the amendments in Canada Gazette I to help ensure that all major issues have been addressed in the proposed regulatory amendments.

The consultation is available on the CFIA website and open for comments until February 14, 2012.

For information:

Canadian Food Inspection Agency 
Media relations: 613-773-6600

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12 January 2012
Canadian Automated Export Declaration (CAED) - (Statistics Canada)

Omissions in the CAED2012 V12.00 Harmonized System (HS) Library have been detected. To rectify these omissions, Statistics Canada will release a new version of CAED2012 by January 20th, 2012. The version will be V12.01.

Further information is available at: 
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/exp/index-eng.htm

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6 January 2012
Canada's Job Market Ends Year on a Positive Note - (The Conference Board of Canada)

Canada’s labour market ended the year on a positive note, adding 18,000 jobs in December. The gain followed two disappointing months of declines, and it brought employment growth for 2011 as a whole to 1.2 per cent. Despite the December gain, the unemployment rate edged up 0.1 percentage points to 7.5 per cent, as more people entered the labour force in search of jobs.

Casting a shadow on the overall picture is the fact that all the December gains were in part-time employment. The economy added 43,000 part-time positions, while losing 26,000 full-time jobs. New jobs were concentrated in the goods-producing industries, where employment was up 0.5 per cent. The manufacturing sector posted a healthy gain (up 30,400), but there were declines in utilities and construction. And even though manufacturing added jobs this month, it still finished the year down 50,000 jobs. A mixed performance in the service sector resulted in little overall change in employment there...

This release is available in its entirety at:

http://www.conferenceboard.ca/reports/cmaag/2012/cmaag012012.aspx

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5 January 2012
WTO extends adoption deadline for panel reports in origin labelling dispute - (World Trade Organization)

At the joint requests of Canada, Mexico and the US, WTO members meeting as the Dispute Settlement Body agreed on 5 January 2012 to extend to 23 March 2012 the deadline for the adoption or appeal of the panel reports in the case about country of origin labelling (COOL) requirements.

This release is available in its entirety at:

http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news12_e/dsb_05jan12_e.htm

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28 December 2011
Stainless Steel Sinks, Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2011-002 - (CITT)

IN THE MATTER OF a preliminary injury inquiry, pursuant to subsection 34(2) of the Special Import Measures Act, respecting:

Stainless Steel Sinks originating in or exported from The People's Republic of China

The Preliminary Determination of Injury is available at:

http://www.citt.gc.ca/dumping/preinq/determin/pi2l002_e.asp

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28 December 2011
Mattress Innerspring Units, Interim Review No. RD-2011-004 - (CITT)

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (the Tribunal) hereby gives notice that, pursuant to subsection 76.01(1) of the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA), it has initiated an interim review of its finding made on November 24, 2009, in Inquiry No. NQ-2009-002, concerning the dumping of mattress innerspring units, with or without edgeguards, used in the manufacture of innerspring mattresses, originating in or exported from the People’s Republic of China.

The Notice of Commencement of Interim Review is available in its entirety at:

http://www.citt.gc.ca/dumping/requests/notices/rd2l004_e.asp

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22 December 2011
Updated HS codes implementation - (CFIA)

The purpose of this message is to inform stakeholders that as of January 1, 2012, updated HS codes, as drafted by the World Customs Organization (WCO) will be implemented. These updates will affect the CFIA AIRS coding structure, and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Tariff codes. The AIRS system will incorporate the new coding structure on January 1.

Information on changes to the HS codes can be found on the WCO web site at:

http://www.wcoomd.org/files/1.%20Public%20files/PDFandDocuments/HarmonizedSystem/tools_instruments/HS_Correlation_Tables_Introduction.pdf

Information on HS codes and the CBSA tariff structure may be found on the CBSA site at:

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/trade-commerce/tariff-tarif/menu-eng.html

Note that further information will be sent out after the January 1 launch date.

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21 December 2011
Roberts Bank Rail Corridor upgrades benefit communities, boost Asia-Pacific trade - (Transport Canada)

Local commuters, farmers and truckers now have a safer, more reliable route to cross Deltaport Way at 41B Street without being delayed by long trains and truck traffic, thanks to a newly completed overpass.

"Demand for Canadian exports in Asia-Pacific markets continues to grow at a rapid rate, and investments such as these along the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor are furthering Canada's competitive advantages, improving infrastructure in local communities, and creating jobs and prosperity for workers, businesses and families," said the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway. "With the completion of the 41B overpass and, eventually, the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor overall, we are strengthening Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway, while positioning the West Coast as the corridor of choice between Canada and the high-growth Asia-Pacific markets."...

This release is available in its entirety at:

http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/mediaroom/releases-2011-gc006e-6578.htm

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13 December 2011
Preliminary Determinations respecting certain pup joints from the People's Republic of China - (CBSA)

Dumping case number: AD/1390

Dumping file number: 4214-31

Subsidy case number: CV/127

Subsidy file number: 4218-30

On December 12, 2011, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) made preliminary determinations of dumping and subsidizing, pursuant to subsection 38(1) of the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA), in respect of oil country tubular goods pup joints, made of carbon or alloy steel, welded or seamless, heat-treated or not heat-treated, regardless of end finish, having an outside diameter from 2 3/8 inches to 4 1/2 inches (60.3 mm to 114.3 mm), in all grades, in lengths from 2 feet to 12 feet (61 cm to 366 cm) originating in or exported from the People's Republic of China.

To view the entire notice, please visit the CBSA website at:

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/sima-lmsi/i-e/ad1390/ad1390-i11-np-eng.html

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8 December 2011
Certain Mattress Innerspring Units from the People's Republic of China - 2011, Notice of Re-investigation - (CBSA)

Dumping file #: 4214-24
Dumping case #: AD/1383

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has today initiated a re-investigation, in accordance with the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA), of the normal values and export prices of certain mattress innerspring units originating in or exported from the People's Republic of China.

The subject goods are described as certain mattress innerspring units, with or without edgeguards, used in the manufacture of innerspring mattresses, originating in or exported from the People's Republic of China.

The subject goods are generally classified under the following 10-digit Harmonized System classification numbers:

9404.10.00.00

9404.29.00.00

7320.20.90.10

To view the entire notice, please visit the CBSA website at:

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/sima-lmsi/ri-re/ad1383/ad1383-ri11-ni-eng.html

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7 December 2011
BSF658, NEXUS Application - (CBSA)

The CBSA has updated BSF658, NEXUS Application Form. It is available on the CBSA website at:

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/forms-formulaires/bsf658-eng.pdf

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5 December 2011
Plant Protection Policy Directives - (CFIA)

Members are advised, the following CFIA directives have been revised:

Appendix 1 "List of pine shoot beetle infested areas in Canada and the United States" of Directive D-94-22 "Plant Protection Requirements on Pine Plants and Pine Materials to Prevent the Entry and Spread of Pine Shoot Beetle" has been revised and is available on the web at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/plaveg/protect/dir/psbe.shtml

Directive D-11-01 "Phytosanitary Requirements for Plants for Planting and Fresh Branches to Prevent the Entry and Spread of Anoplophora spp." is now available on the Web at:http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/plaveg/protect/dir/d-11-01e.shtml

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30 November 2011
PUP Joints, Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2011-001 - (Canadian International Trade Tribunal)

Determination issued

Monday, November 14, 2011

Reasons issued

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

IN THE MATTER OF a preliminary injury inquiry, pursuant to subsection 34(2) of the Special Import Measures Act, respecting:

PUP JOINTS ORIGINATING IN OR EXPORTED FROM THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

The Statement of Reasons is available on the CITT website at:

http://www.citt-tcce.gc.ca/dumping/preinq/determin/pi2l001_e.asp

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29 November 2011
New Pre-clearance Procedure for Importers of Seed - (CFIA)

Effective immediately, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is implementing a new pre-clearance procedure for imported seed. The CFIA will now be able to confirm that seed meets Canadian import requirements before it arrives at the border.

Details are available on the CFIA website at:

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/plaveg/seesem/20111125inde.shtml

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28 November 2011
Backgrounder: Tarriff Relief - (Department of Finance Canada)

This initiative eliminates tariffs across a wide range of sectors, including food processing, apparel, electrical equipment, footwear, household furniture and furnishings, metals, motor vehicles and transport equipment, pharmaceuticals, and pulp and paper.

Eliminating tariffs on goods used by Canadian manufacturers in their operations will translate into a direct reduction of production costs, enhancing the competitiveness of Canadian firms in both domestic and foreign markets.

It will also reduce the administrative burden on businesses related to certain customs regulations.

The elimination of tariffs covers over 70 product categories, including:

  • Apple juice concentrate and other mixtures used in manufacturing beverages;
  • Hardware to make furniture (for example, casters);
  • Certain parts (like fasteners) used in making footwear and clothing;
  • Certain parts to make transportation equipment (like trailers);
  • Gelatine capsules used to make pharmaceuticals;
  • Plastic and rubber conveyor belts.

As part of the Economic Action Plan, the Government implemented broad tariff relief measures to enhance the competitiveness of Canadian firms and make Canada a tariff-free zone for industrial manufacturers by 2015. Budget 2010 also included a commitment to work with Canadians to identify additional areas where tariff relief could take place. This initiative is the result of extensive consultations further to this commitment, including the publication of a notice in Part I of the Canada Gazette on February 5, 2011.

http://www.fin.gc.ca/n11/data/11-123_1-eng.asp

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25 November 2011
D2-3-1, Personal Exemptions for Residents Returning to Canada - (CBSA)
  • This memorandum has been reviewed and updated to make wording consistent with other publications.
  • The amendments to the minimum duty rates that were enacted by the Excise and GST/HST Rulings Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency in 2010 have been incorporated in the D-Memo.
  • The issuing office information on the references page has been updated.

This Memo is available on the CBSA website at:

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/dm-md/d2/d2-3-1-eng.html

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21 November 2011
Hemp Farmers Receive Investment to Heighten Exports  - (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Canadian hemp producers will benefit from a boost to their marketing brand abroad thanks to the support of the Government of Canada. The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport) and Member of Parliament for Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today an investment of more than $55,000 to the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA) as it kicks off its national convention in Winnipeg...

This release is available in its entirety at:

http://www.agr.gc.ca/cb/index_e.php?s1=n&s2=2011&page=n111121

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9 November 2011
GST189, General Application for Rebate of GST/HST  - (Canada Revenue Agency)

SThe Canada Revenue Agency has released the following publication: GST189, General Application for Rebate of GST/HST. It is available on the CRA website at:

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pbg/gf/gst189/README.html

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8 November 2011
NEWS82, Excise and GST/HST News - No. 82 (Fall 2011) - (Canada Revenue Agency)

The Canada Revenue Agency has released the following publication: NEWS82, Excise and GST/HST News - No. 82 (Fall 2011). It is available on the CRA website at:

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pub/gr/news82/README.html

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8 November 2011
Certain Seamless Steel Casing and Oil Country Tubular Goods, Notice of Conclusion of Reinvestigation  - (CBSA)

Subsidy case number: 4218-23

Subsidy file number: CV/122

Subsidy case number:4218-27

Subsidy file number: CV/125

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has today concluded a re-investigation to update the amounts of subsidy, pursuant to the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA), in respect of certain seamless steel casing and certain oil country tubular goods originating in or exported from the People's Republic of China (China).

To view the entire notice, please visit the CBSA website at:

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/sima-lmsi/ri-re/cv122-125/cv122-ri11-nc-eng.html

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7 November 2011
Canada Gazette - Proposed Notices and Regulations  - (Canada Gazette)

The legislation for the newly passed Free Trade Agreements and the GSP extension contain provisions to increase the MPF from 0.21% ad valorem to 0.3464% ad valorem.

The new MPF assessment will apply to entries from October 1, 2011 to June 30, 2021. The cap per formal entry will remain the same at $485.00. For importers, this means that previously the cap was reached when the entry was worth $230,952.00, however now it will be reached for entries of $140,011.00 and higher. This will result in significant cost increases to many importers, particularly companies shipping lower value articles.

Congress and Customs are working on how the retroactive MPF payments will be assessed and collected. We will advise of developments in that area. Importers should make sure to account for the increased MPF for their formal entries on or after October 1, 2011. Also please note that existing MPF exemptions were not changed and once the FTAs become effective, qualifying imports from Colombia, Korea and Panama will not be subject to the MPF.

http://www.shipamerican.com/newsletter/PDF/NF102011.pdf

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28 October 2011
The CBSA investigates the dumping and subsidizing of certain stainless steel sinks  - (CBSA)

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that it is initiating investigations into the alleged injurious dumping and subsidizing of certain stainless steel sinks originating in or exported from the People's Republic of China.

This release is available in its entirety at:

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/media/antidumping/2011/2011-10-27-eng.html

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24 October 2011
CFIA Publishes Updates for AMPS, Refused Shipments and License Suspensions - (MFS USA)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has published updated information on the following:

Administrative Monetary Penalties: 2011 - April to June - http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/agen/transp/comp/pen2011-12q1e.shtml

Food Shipments Refused Entry into Canada: 2011-12 - http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/agen/transp/comp/refimp2011-12e.shtml

Licence Suspensions and Cancellations: 2011 - April to June - http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/agen/transp/comp/susp2011-12q1e.shtml

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6 October 2011
Canada-U.S. border security deal talks continue - (CBC News)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada is still working on a security border agreement with the United States.

But even though there's no perimeter security agreement yet, critics fear Canada's already giving too much away in the face of new threats to free trade between the two countries...

This article is available in its entirety at:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/10/05/pol-perimeter-folo.html

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5 October 2011
Canada Defends Trade Policies Against FMC Inquiry - (The Journal of Commerce)

Study looks at whether HMT revenue is lost due to diversion of U.S. imports to Canadian ports

The Canadian government said it will “vigorously defend” its trade policies and infrastructure investments against any of the findings of a Federal Maritime Commission study looking into the diversions of U.S. imports to Canadian ports.

Gerald Keddy, parliamentary secretary to Minister of International Trade Ed Fast, said on Wednesday the Canadian government has invested in its port infrastructure as part of “an ambitious pro-trade, low-tax plan that is creating jobs and economic growth.” The FMC earlier approved an inquiry into whether the U.S. is losing Harbor Maintenance Tax revenue from American imports, particularly from those diverted through the Port of Prince Rupert, B.C.

FMC Chairman Richard Lidinsky said the study will also see if HMT revenue is lost due to Mexican and Canadian ports' “differences in container inspection practices and costs, rail costs and infrastructure cost investments.” Despite allegations of Canada subsidizing cargo diversion, Lidinsky said the agency hasn't found any evidence of this.

The FMC will focus on the effect of the Harbor Maintenance Tax on the diversion of cargo. Carriers pay the tax based on the value of their cargo each time a ship calls at a U.S. port. Cargo landing in Mexico or Canada for shipment to the U.S. does not pay the tax.

Washington State's two senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, both Democrats, sent a letter to Lidinsky on Aug. 28 requesting the study after hearing their states' ports might be losing business to Prince Rupert. Eight House members, six Democrats and two Republicans, sent an identical letter Friday, with an additional letter from a Democratic member from California.

Contact R.G. Edmonson at bedmonson@joc.com. Follow him on Twitter @BobinWash.

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20 September 2011
Certain aluminum extrusions, Notice of Re-investigation - (CBSA)

Dumping file #: 4214-22 
Dumping case #: AD/1379

Subsidy case #: CV/124 
Subsidy file #: 4218-26

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has today initiated a re-investigation to update the normal values and export prices, and amounts of subsidy, pursuant to the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA) respecting certain aluminum extrusions originating in or exported from the People's Republic of China.

The re-investigation is part of the enforcement of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal's finding of material injury issued on March 17, 2009, in Inquiry No. NQ-2008-003.

The complete product definition and the subject goods and their ten-digit Harmonized System classification numbers are contained in Appendix 1 of this notice.

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/sima-lmsi/ri-re/ad1379/ad1379-ri11-ni-eng.html

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13 September 2011
'Buy American' provision returns in Obama's jobs act - (CBC News)

The following is excerpted from the 13 September 2011 edition of CBC News.

CBSA has provided AMPS statistics for the period July 2008 to June 2011.

U.S. President Barack Obama's proposed new American Jobs Act is aimed at creating much-needed jobs in the United States, but it's also reigniting trade tensions between the country and Canada, its biggest trading partner.

The act, released in full by the White House this week, contains yet another protectionist Buy American provision of the type that strained the Canada-U.S. relationship for much of 2009...

This article is available in its entirety on the CBC News website at:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2011/09/13/buy-american-obama-jobs-act.html

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12 September 2011
AMPS Statistics - (CSCB)

CBSA has provided AMPS statistics for the period July 2008 to June 2011.

Members may be particularly interested in the following facts:

  • during this period, the total number of penalties issued was 93,808;
  • during this period, the total value of penalties was $21,371,433.94;
  • importers continue to have the highest number of penalties assessed;
  • the penalty amount assessed against importers is twice that of carriers and six times that of warehouse operators;
  • the penalty assessed the most often was C082 (27,785), followed closely by C353 (27,443); and
  • the contravention for which the highest amount was assessed is C358 ($2,043,846.18).

These statistics are available here:

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/trade-commerce/amps/namps-snsap0811-eng.html

For the prior three year period, 2006 - 2008, 41,263 penalties were assessed, with an amount totalling $34,272,685.

The number of penalties assessed between 2008 - 2011 has gone up, but the total penalty amount is less. Possible reasons for this might due to the levels of penalties, that is, there may be fewer penalties at the higher second and third levels, plus the fact that certain penalties are no longer assessed based on a “greater of” amount.

Questions and comments regarding these statistics can be sent to the CSCB at cscb@cscb.ca As well, the CSCB is always interested in hearing about members’ experiences with AMPS, including the appeal process.

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30 August 2011
B.C. and other Canadian exports now flying direct to China - (Transport Canada)

The following was excerpted from a 30 August 2011 news release by Transport Canada.

B.C. and other Canadian exports are finding new markets for their products in China through the new China Southern Airlines (CSA) cargo service from Vancouver International Airport to Shanghai. CSA chose Vancouver because of the great export potential through Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway and already has steady business.

Since July 2011, CSA has been moving B.C. seafood and heavy equipment from across Canada four times a week. The new service will create the equivalent of about 40 full-time jobs in the airline industry and other indirect jobs in Canada's export industries...

This release is available in its entirety on the Transport Canada website at:

http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/mediaroom/releases-2011-h078e-6437.htmTOP



29 August 2011
B.C. votes 55% to scrap HST - (CBC)

The following is excerpted from the 26 August 2011 edition of CBC News.

British Columbians have voted to scrap the province's controversial harmonized sales tax, according to the results of a binding, province-wide referendum.

Elections B.C. announced on Friday morning that 54.73 per cent of the 1.6 million British Columbians who cast a ballot in the mail-in referendum voted to get rid of the tax and 45.27 per cent voted to keep it...

This article is available in its entirety on the CBC News website at:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2011/08/26/bc-hst-referendum-results.html

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24 August 2011
Canada Consumer Product Safety Act - Presentation - (CCPSA)

NEW on the Health Canada Canada Consumer Product Safety Act Website:

Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) - Presentation

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/legislation/acts-lois/ccpsa-lcspc/indust/ppt-eng.php

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16 August 2011
CITT Public Hearings, Appeals - (CSCB)

AP-2009-014-Whether the letter from the Canada Border Services Agency dated February 20, 2009, constitutes a decision that is subject to appeal under section 67 of the Customs Act.
Should the Tribunal determine that the Canada Border Services Agency's letter of February 20, 2009, constitutes a decision that is subject to appeal, whether the ship in issue is properly classified under tariff item No. 8901.90.90 as other vessels for the transport of goods and other vessels for the transport of both persons and goods, other than open vessels, as determined by the President of the Canada Border Services Agency, or should be classified under tariff item No. 9814.00.00 as goods, including containers or coverings filled or empty, which have once been released and accounted for under section 32 of the Customs Act and have been exported, if the goods are returned without having been advanced in value or improved in condition by any process of manufacture or other means, or combined with any other article abroad, as claimed by Transport Desgagnes Inc.


AP-2009-067-Whether the value for duty of the goods in issue imported by Norcan Petroleum Inc. (Norcan) should be calculated using the transaction value method, as determined by the President of the Canada Border Services Agency, or whether the transaction value of identical goods or the residual value method should be applied, as claimed by Norcan.
In the event that the transaction value method does apply, whether Norcan is entitled to deduct the costs of freight and insurance from the amount of duty paid or payable.
In the event that additional duty is payable, whether the President of the Canada Border Services Agency had the authority to impose interest charges against Norcan and whether the Tribunal has the jurisdiction to decide on this matter.


AP-2010-006-Whether the goods in issue are properly classified under tariff item No. 4009.42.90 as other tubes, pipes and hoses, of vulcanized rubber other than hard rubber, reinforced or otherwise combined with other materials, with fittings, as determined by the President of the Canada Border Services Agency, or should be classified under tariff item No. 8412.90.00 as parts of other engines and motors or, in the alternative, under tariff item No. 8431.49.00 as other parts suitable for use solely with the machinery of heading Nos. 84.25 to 84.30, or, also in the alternative, under tariff item No. 8412.21.00 as linear acting (cylinders) hydraulic power engines and motors, as claimed by Komatsu International (Canada) Inc.


AP-2010-026-Whether the goods in issue are properly classified under tariff item No. 6116.10.00 as knitted gloves coated or covered with rubber, or under tariff item No. 6216.00.00 as woven gloves, as determined by the President of the Canada Border Services Agency, or should be classified under tariff item No. 4015.19.90 as other gloves for all purposes of vulcanized rubber other than hard rubber, as claimed by Superior Gloves Works Limited.


AP-2010-036-Whether the goods in issue are properly classified under tariff item No. 8708.99.99 as other parts and accessories of the motor vehicles of headings 87.01 to 87.05, as determined by the President of the Canada Border Services Agency, or should be classified under tariff item No. 8714.99.90 as other parts and accessories of vehicles of headings 87.11 to 87.13, as claimed by Accessoires Sportracks Inc. de Thule Canada Inc.


AP-2010-060-Whether the goods in issue are properly classified under tariff item No. 8714.99.10 as bicycle wheels, as determined by the President of the Canada Border Services Agency, or should be classified under tariff item No. 8714.99.90 as other parts and accessories of vehicles of heading Nos. 87.11 to 87.13 or, in the alternative, under tariff item No. 8714.93.00 as hubs, other than coaster braking hubs and hub brakes,and free-wheel sprocket-wheels, as claimed by Outdoor Gear Canada.


AP-2010-063-Whether the subject goods are covered by the Tribunal's orders in Expiry Review No. RR-2007-001 (Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Plate) and therefore subject to anti dumping and countervailing duties.


Dumping and Subsidizing


Procurement


Textiles
No scheduled hearing.

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11 August 2011
EU challenges Canadian green power rules at WTO - (Reuters Canada)

The European Union has launched a legal challenge against Canada at the World Trade Organization to protest against provincial backing for solar and wind energy projects, the bloc's executive said on Thursday.

Following on the heels of a similar challenge by Japan, the row highlights a global battle for a slice of the lucrative and growing renewables market with countries including Canada, the United States and China moving to reserve public works projects worth billions of dollars for local firms...

This article is available in its entirety on the Reuters Canada website at: http://ca.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idCATRE77A2WU20110811



Canadian International Merchandise Trade

The following is excerpted from an 11 August 2011 release by Statistics Canada.

Canada's merchandise exports fell 1.7% in June while imports decreased 0.2%. As a result, Canada's trade deficit with the world widened from $1.0 billion in May to $1.6 billion in June...

This release is available in its entirety on the Statistics Canada website at:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/110811/dq110811a-eng.htm

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10 August 2011
PM Announces Coming Into Force of Free Trade Agreement with Colombia - (Prime Minister of Canada)

The following is excerpted from a 10 August 2011 news release by the Office of the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will come into force on August 15, 2011. The announcement was made jointly with the President of the Republic of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, during Prime Minister Harper's official visit to Colombia. The Prime Minister also announced increased Canadian assistance to strengthen human rights in Colombia...


This release is available in its entirety at:
http://pm.gc.ca/eng/media.asp?category=1&featureId=6&pageId=26&id=4239

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25 July 2011
Import Requirements for Temperate Fresh Fruit - (CFIA)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has updated the following directive:

Summary of Plant Health Import Requirements for Temperate Fresh Fruit Approved for Entry into Canada

Details are available on the CFIA website at:
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/plaveg/protect/dir/fresfrute.shtml

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13 July 2011
CBSA Advises Changes to Tariff Notice TN-53 - (CBSA)

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) wishes to advise you of the amendments to the Departmental Consolidation of the Customs Tariff (Tariff), effective August 15, 2011, found in Tariff Amendment T2011-2. This amendment package will add the tariff treatment for the agreement (COLT) [Columbia Tariff] and the applicable rates of duty throughout the tariff; however it will not make any structural (numbering) changes.

For more information please visit: http://cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/trade-commerce/tariff-tarif/2011/tn53-eng.html

As CIFFA advised in the eBulletin on July 13th, the Implementation of the Canada-Columbia Free Trade Agreement (CCOFTA) is set for August 15. Pursuant to the CCOFTA, a new preferential tariff treatment is being introduced, namely the Colombia Tariff (COLT). The newly assigned tariff treatment code is: Colombia Tariff (COLT) - Code 26.


Clarification on ACI Filing When Consignee is Unknown - (CBSA)

The CBSA has provided the following clarification on non-resident importer shipments with respect to ACI filing. We are expecting new Customs Notices soon with further details.

When completing the Advance Commercial Information (ACI) for import movements when the ultimate consignee is unknown and the importer is non-resident: the name and foreign address of the non-resident importer should be provided in the consignee name and address fields. The Canadian party to whom the cargo is being delivered must be provided in the delivery party name and address fields. The delivery address may include a warehouse or rail yard etc., if that is where the contract of carriage ends.

A minimum of one Canadian address must be provided in either the consignee or delivery party name and address fields when transmitting the (ACI) for import movements.

The [CBSA] Commercial Unit is currently finalizing a Customs Notice to provide further information and clarification regarding this issue. In the interim please refer to Paragraphs 37 and 38 of the Customs D Memoranda D3-5-2 Marine Cargo - Import Movements.

If any of your Members have any further questions regarding the Advance Commercial Information policy, please feel free to contact: aci-ipec@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.

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19 May 2011
D15-2-54, Certain Aluminum Extrusions

Certain Aluminum Extrusions Originating in or Exported from the People's Republic of China

Application of anti-dumping and countervailing duties
This memorandum refers to the application of anti-dumping and countervailing duties to importations of certain aluminum extrusions originating in or exported from the People's Republic of China.
This memorandum is being revised to reflect the Canadian International Trade Tribunal's determination dated February 10, 2011, granting additional product exclusions from their findings made on March 17, 2009.
This memorandum is also being revised to list additional Harmonized System classification numbers under heading 76.10, where importers have been found to regularly classify subject aluminum extrusions.

This Memo is available on the CBSA website at:
http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/dm-md/d15/d15-2-54-eng.html TOP