U.S. Trade Representative Confirms Increase in Chinese Section 301 Tariffs

Further to President Trump’s announcement earlier this week, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) will formally publish a notice of increased Section 301 tariffs. The increased tariffs will be effective Friday, May 10, 2019. They will increase from 10% to 25% and will impact $200 billion of Chinese imports. Section 301 tariffs are assessed in addition…

Important SFCA Update for Canadian Food Importers and Exporters

Canada’s Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced its MY CFIA portal is now able to process licences as required by the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) in keeping with the Safe Food for Canadians Act (SCFA). For many food businesses regulated by SFCR, having a licence will be a requirement to import or export…

U.S. Section 301 Tariffs on Chinese Products Announced

Further to previous communication on May 29, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) office has announced a first set of Chinese products that will be subject to additional 25% tariffs (duties) for imports into the U.S. effective July 6th, 2018. A complete list (List 1) of affected products is available here and covers 818 HTS…

Canada-US Trade War – Consultation Period Ends June 15

Advisory alert Further to our trade alert (see here) issued on June 1, the Canadian trade community and potentially impacted importers have until June 15 to submit comments to the Department of Finance. As outlined in the consultative notice comments should include the following information: 1.  Canadian company/industry association name, address, telephone number, and contact…

Attention Footwear Importers

The Canada Border Services Agency have issued a new Departmental Memorandum (D10-15-28) which outlines their administrative policy regarding the expression “footwear, covering the ankle”. Moreover, as part of the CBSA’s 2017-2018 Audit Priorities, the Canada Border Services Agency has been auditing importers who take advantage of the “women’s footwear valued at $30 or more per…