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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 09:56

Upcoming Changes to the Import Process

Single Window Initiative In March 2017, the CBSA implemented the Single Window Initiative (SWI). As your broker, we want to ensure you are aware of the changes coming in 2019, and how they will impact your company. Please see the following program summary, and please reach out to us for further information.   What is Single Window Initiative (SWI)? SWI is a mechanism that will allow importers and brokers to electronically submit all information required to comply with the government’s import regulations. This includes the CBSA and all participating government agencies (PGA’s). Prior to the Single Window Initiative, many participating…
Quoted from the CSCB   In one of the recent notices, Global Affairs Canada, has referred to a complete review of the TRQ administration for all products, as follows: Given the significant increase in Canada’s tariff rate quotas commitments in recent years, the Government of Canada will undertake a broad-based stakeholder engagement exercise in 2019 to review the overall administration of Canada’s systems of TRQs. While TRQs will continue to be administered independently of one another, in accordance with Canada’s international obligations, the review exercise will ensure that TRQ allocation and administration continue to be conducted in an efficient and…
Quoted from the CSCB.   The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation Act received Royal Assent on October 25th, 2018.  As per Canada’s commitments under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) the Minister of International Trade Diversification has established twenty new Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQs) and determined how they will be allocated for the 2018/2019 and 2019 TRQ years. The list of TRQs and the applicable Notices to Importers may be found at the bottom of this message. Given the significant increase in Canada’s tariff rate quotas commitments in recent years, the Government of Canada…
The following article was taken from the CSCB Website.      November 16, 2018 The Government of Canada’s new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) are coming into force on January 15, 2019 and will require that food imported into Canada meets the same food safety outcomes and has been prepared with the same level of food safety controls as food prepared in Canada. In most cases, importers will require a licence from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to import food into Canada. Depending on the food commodity you are importing, the import licence requirement will apply as of January 15, 2019 or…
The following article was taken from the CSCB Website.      November 16, 2018 The Government of Canada’s new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) are coming into force on January 15, 2019 and will require that food imported into Canada meets the same food safety outcomes and has been prepared with the same level of food safety controls as food prepared in Canada. In most cases, importers will require a licence from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to import food into Canada. Depending on the food commodity you are importing, the import licence requirement will apply as of January 15, 2019 or…
Provisional safeguards are intended to provide Canadian steel producers and workers relief from the harm caused by excessive imports of steel products into Canada. The Government is requesting that the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) conduct an inquiry to determine whether final safeguards are warranted. The provisional safeguards will be in place for 200 days pending the CITT's findings. The provisional safeguards will apply to imports of seven products: heavy plate, concrete reinforcing bar (rebar), energy tubular products, hot-rolled sheet, pre-painted steel, stainless steel wire and wire rod. The provisional safeguards will come into force on October 25, 2018.  The Order…
The U.S., Canada, and Mexico [have] announced an agreement to modernize the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is expected to be signed by Dec. 1, which could bring it up for congressional consideration in early 2019. According to fact sheets from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the USMCA includes the following provisions. Agriculture - Canada will provide new-tariff rate quotas exclusively for U.S. fluid milk, cheese, cream, skim milk powder, butter and cream powder, concentrated and condensed milk, yogurt and buttermilk, powdered buttermilk, products of natural milk constituents, ice cream and ice cream mixes, whey,…
As published by the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers:   We have prepared hightlights of the new NAFTA Agreement for our members, as follows: The new agreement is named the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA); To qualify for preferential treatment, automobiles will require 75% North American content, up from the existing 62.5% (by 2020, in all countries); At least 30% of the workers producing a vehicle must earn $16.00 USD per hour (by 2020); by 2023, this raises incrementally to 40% (in all countries); The US is introducing a quota system to protect Mexico and Canada from any future tariffs applied to…
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