CBSA Trade Compliance Verification Priorities List for 2019

As in past years, the CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) have released a list of their Trade Compliance Verification Priorities. These are the commodities that the CBSA will be focusing on for audit purposes in 2019. Although the CBSA audit a wide variety of products above and beyond this listing, importers of these specific commodities…

Are You Ready For The New CPTPP Trade Agreement ?

Canada’s newest Free Trade Agreement with Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam is scheduled to be implemented Jan 1 2019. The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will eliminate duty on most products immediately, with the remainder being staged to duty free over a number of years….

Transpacific Eastbound Update

Source: JoC “China trade tariffs drove an early start to the ocean trans-Pacific peak season, but with the latest tranche of China trade tariffs increasing to 25 percent on Jan. 1, demand remains high. The pending tariffs generated a front-loading of holiday season merchandise in late summer and early autumn. Now, the specter of 25…

New Canadian Food Safety Regulations Effective January 15, 2019

On January 15, 2019, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Government of Canada will implement new food safety regulations that affect parties processing, importing and/or handling food and related products for human consumption. The Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) and Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) are intended to modernize food safety in…

U.S. Miscellaneous Trade Bill Temporarily Reduces Duty for Some Imports

On September 13, 2018, Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) of 2018 was signed into the law by the President. Included in the bill are temporary duty reductions for certain products imported into the U.S. between October 13th, 2018 and December 31st, 2020. This type of trade bill is used for products that are designated ‘non-controversial’ or…

U.S. Confirms 25% Duty on $16 Billion of Additional Chinese Products

Based on its Section 301 investigation into Chinese trade practices, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has confirmed it will implement a 25% duty on a second list (‘List 2’) of Chinese products valued at $16 billion. The updated list of Chinese products covered by this second phase is available here.  This second…