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June 15, 2018

Government introduces bill to implement the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The agreement will enter into force after at least six of the countries finish ratification procedures. More...

New regulations for food importers and exporters. Businesses that import food or prepare food for export will need to have licences. More...

St. Lawrence Seaway cargo down four percent this spring. The slow start is due to difficult ice conditions in the Great Lakes which slowed vessel deliveries in April. More...

WTO's dispute settlement body had a very busy year in 2017. The United States, Canada and Qatar submitted the most requests for consultations on new disputes. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2018 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2018 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • Kazakhstan removed temporary restrictions on live birds and hatching eggs related to Avian Influenza
  • Registrar of Imported Vehicles: Vehicle import fee effective August 1, 2018
  • U.S. CBP Air Cargo Advance Screening Program Goes into Effect. Requiring the submission of advanced air cargo information


June 8, 2018

Canada and the EU initiate WTO complaints against U.S. duties on steel, aluminium. First step gives the parties an opportunity to discuss the matter and to find a satisfactory solution. More...

Canada's trade deficit narrowed to $1.9 billion in April. Exports increased 1.6% to a record $48.6 billion while imports fell 2.5% to $50.5 billion. More...

Tribunal maintains injury finding on liquid dielectric transformers from Korea. Tribunal says resumption of dumping would result in injury to Canadian industry. More...

Canada implements new rules for visitors from Romania. The visa waiver still applies, but only for Romanians holding a valid electronic passport. More...

EU and Chile complete third round of negotiations to modernize FTA. Both parties say good progress was made in most areas of the negotiations. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Certain sucker rods from China. Initiation of Investigations - Statement of Reasons
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2017-002 Liquid Dielectric Transformers from Korea. Order and reasons issued
  • U.S. CBP Updates to Enforcement of Presidential Proclamation on Steel and Aluminum Tariffs


June 1, 2018

U.S. imposes steel and aluminium tariffs on Canada, Mexico and the EU. American President imposes a 25% duty on steel imports and 10% duty on aluminum imports. More...

Ottawa consults on countermeasures to adopt in retaliation to U.S. duties on steel and aluminum. These countermeasures will take effect on July 1, 2018 and will remain in place until the U.S. eliminates its tariffs. More...

Canada and Israel sign modernized free trade agreement. Amendments includes further tariff reductions and eliminations for agricultural and agri-food products. More...

CBSA starts dumping investigation on cold-rolled steel from China, Korea and Vietnam. Tribunal will first determine whether the imports are harming Canadian producers. More...

Tribunal finds dumping of copper pipe fittings from Vietnam injures Canadian industry. Anti-dumping duties will be collected by the CBSA on importations of these goods. More...

U.S. asks WTO to create panel to rule on BC's wine sales policy. U.S. claims province's measures favour the sale of Canadian wine in grocery stores. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 18-05 Importation of Vaping Products - under the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act (TPVA)
  • Memorandum D19-14-1 Cross-border Currency and Monetary Instruments Reporting
  • Cold-Rolled Steel from China, South Korea and Vietnam. Notice of Initiation of Investigations
  • Carbon steel welded pipe from China. Notice of Initiation of Expiry Review Investigation
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2018 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2018 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2017-009 Classification of compact refrigerators containing freezer compartments
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2018-002 Cold-Rolled Steel from China, South Korea and Vietnam
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2017-004 Copper pipe fittings from Vietnam. Finding of injury
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2018-001 Carbon steel welded pipe from China. Expiry review of order


May 25, 2018

U.S. to investigate if automotive imports threaten national security. American President invokes motives similar to the ones that led to duty on steel and aluminum imports. More...

CBSA starts dumping investigation on certain sucker rods from China. Customs' investigation follows a complaint filed by a Canadian manufacturer. More...

Canada and the Pacific Alliance complete fourth round of trade negotiations. Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore negotiate with group formed of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. More...

European Union to start trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand. EU Trade Commissioner to visit both countries in the coming weeks to officially launch negotiations. More...

Global trade growth expected to soften in second quarter, according to WTO. Solid trade growth expected, but at a somewhat slower pace than in the first quarter. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Certain sucker rods from China. Notice of Initiation of Investigations
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2018 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2018 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2018-001 Sucker rods from China. Notice of commencement of preliminary injury inquiry


May 18, 2018

Reminder: Goods contaminated with soil are refused entry at the border. Vehicles, equipment and other goods that are contaminated with soil are not admissible into Canada. More...

SMEs account for more than 98 percent of all Canadian importers. Measured by the dollar value of imports SMEs account for 46.7 percent of goods imported. More...

Three of the WTO Appellate Body's seven seats are now vacant. Appeal system could soon be paralyzed unless a compromise is worked out to appoint new members. More...

Economic growth expected to remain stable in OECD countries. Indicators point to slowing growth in Canada and Europe, and stable momentum in the United States. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D19-7-4 Importation of Vehicles, Engines, Vessels and Machines
  • Memorandum D20-1-1 Exporter Reporting. Revised, see memorandum
  • Customs Notice 18-04 Changes to the Interim Process for Electronic House Bills
  • Canada amends sanctions against Libya. 2018-05-16 (Entered into force) - Regulations Amending the Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolutions on Libya
  • CFIA - Update to the Proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations
  • CFIA - New bilingual labelling regulations for veterinary biologics and seed treated with pest control products


May 11, 2018

Concrete reinforcing bar from nine countries assigned new values. Revision may result in a change to duties being assessed on importations of these goods. More...

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission issues revised import-export guidance. For licensees who intend to import or export nuclear and nuclear-related dual-use items. More...

Dumping would resume if duties expired on welded pipe from six countries, says CBSA. Tribunal will now determine whether the expiry is likely to result in injury to Canadian industry. More...

Duty on unitized wall modules from China could expire in January. Tribunal is seeking opinions on whether it should let the finding expire or conduct an expiry review. More...

Reminder: CBSA credits importers' accounts instead of issuing refund cheques. Credit amounts owing to an importer are applied against debt on the importer's account. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Carbon Steel Welded Pipe from Chinese Taipei, India, Oman, Korea, Thailand and the United Arab Emirate. Notice of Expiry Review Decision
  • Certain Concrete Reinforcing Bar from China, Korea, Turkey, Belarus, Chinese Taipei,Hong Kong, Japan, Portugal and Spain. Conclusion of Re-investigation - normal values and export prices
  • CFIA Directive D- 96-15 (12th revision) Phytosanitary requirements to prevent the spread of Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica, in Canada and the United States
  • CFIA Notice to Industry - New bilingual labelling regulations for veterinary biologics and seed treated with pest control products
  • CITT Expiry No. LE-2018-002 Unitized wall modules from China. Notice of expiry of finding


May 4, 2018

Canadian exemption from U.S. duty on steel and aluminum extended to June 1. Temporary exemption extended for Canada, Mexico pending the outcome of NAFTA negotiations. More...

CBSA updates anti-dumping and countervailing program. Changes aimed at better control of steel and aluminum trade to avoid U.S. tariffs. More...

Canada's trade deficit jumps to $4.1 billion in March. Exports rose 3.7% to $47.6 billion while imports rose 6.0% to a record high $51.7 billion. More...

Ottawa consults on changes to country of origin marking of steel and aluminum. Regulatory changes would align Canada's marking regime with the U.S. marking regime. More...

CBSA extends reinvestigation of values of gypsum board from the U.S. The Agency will need an extra 45 days due to the complexity and novelty of the issues. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Gypsum Board from United States of America. Extension of Re-investigation
  • Changes to the CBSA's Anti-dumping and Countervailing Program: Scope Proceedings, Anti-circumvention Investigations, etc.
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2018 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2018 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • Children's Jewellery Regulations. Introducing a limit on total cadmium content and further restricting total lead levels in children's jewellery products
  • Consumer Products Containing Lead Regulations. Expanding the requirements of the Consumer Products Containing Lead
  • Wild Animal and Plant Trade Regulations - Prohibiting the importation of all species of salamanders, unless authorized by a permit
  • Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission publishes updated regulatory document on import and export


April 27, 2018

CBSA confirms dumping decision on copper pipe fittings from Vietnam. The trade tribunal is continuing its inquiry on injury to the domestic industry. More...

Mexico and the European Union agree on terms of new trade agreement. Negotiators from both sides will keep working to resolve some remaining technical issues. More...

U.S. Customs' seizures of counterfeit goods increased 8 percent in 2017. Top seized goods were wearing apparel and accessories and the main origin was China. More...

Canadian rail freight volume drops 0.2% in February. Freight originating in Canada decreased 1.8% and freight received from the United States rose 14.3%. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Copper Pipe Fittings from Vietnam - Notice of Final Determinations
  • Memorandum D1-16-3 Guidelines for the Access to Use, and Disclosure of Advance Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR) Data
  • Memorandum D3-1-8 Cargo – Export Movements
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2018 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2018 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives:
    - MHD 2018-11 Chapter 11 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures - China
    - MHD 2018-10 Chapter 11 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures - El Salvador


April 20, 2018

WTO panel says Brazil's complaint against Canadian aircraft can proceed. The panel will now hear arguments from Brazil and Canada over alleged subsidies. More...

Conductors and locomotive engineers give strike notice to CP Rail. Some 3000 conductors and locomotive engineers could go on strike on April 21. More...

Planned U.S. duties on Chinese goods could affect Canadian exporters. Duty could apply to Chinese machinery and aerospace, information and communication technology goods. More...

EU and Japan work on implementation of their free trade agreement. The agreement should be signed at the EU- Japan Summit to be held in Brussels by the summer. More...

Canadian trucking price index rose almost 3% at the end of last year. Index measures changes in prices for the services provided by freight trucking companies. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D19-4-1 Export and Import of Cultural Property
  • Memorandum D11-5-10 Canada-Jordan Free Trade Agreement (CJFTA) Rules of Origin
  • Memorandum D11-5-6 Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) Rules of Origin
  • Memorandum D2-5-11 Guidelines for Commercial Air Carriers for the Processing of Prescribed Traveller Information
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2018 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2018 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • Algeria reinstates access for day-old chicks and hatching eggs from Canada
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2017-016 Classification of footwear made of ethylene vinyl acetate


April 13, 2018

WTO panels established to rule on Canada-U.S. lumber dispute. Softwood lumber from Canada is subject to U.S. anti-dumping and countervailing duties. More...

Global merchandise trade growth to remain strong in 2018 says WTO. But increased use of restrictive trade policy measures could weigh heavily on global trade. More...

Piracy attacks on sea shipping increased in first quarter. International Maritime Bureau signals 66 piracy incidents in the first 3 months, up from 43 for the same period in 2017. More...

China initiates WTO complaint against U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum. Canada and some other countries are exempted from the duties until May 1, 2018. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 18-03 Decommissioning of Legacy Release Service Options OGD PARS 463 and OGD RMD 471
  • Message to industry - The 2018 tariff rate quota for food preparations containing more than 10 per cent but less than 50 per cent on a dry weight basis of milk solids, not in retail packaging, has been filled
  • CFIA Notice to Industry - Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) for food imported into the United States
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2016-039 Whether certain shock absorbers, strut assemblies and shock suspension kits qualify for duty relief


April 6, 2018

Duty on carbon steel welded pipe from China could expire in August. Tribunal is seeking opinions on whether it should let the finding expire or conduct an expiry review. More...

Canada's trade deficit widens to $2.7 billion. February imports increased 1.9% to $48.6 billion while exports edged up 0.4% to $45.9 billion. More...

Global air cargo volumes were up 6.8 percent in February. The International Air Transport Association says airlines in all regions reported an increase in demand. More...

Tribunal begins final injury inquiry on dumping of pasta from Turkey. Inquiry follows dumping and subsidizing finding by the Canada Border Services Agency. More...

St. Lawrence Seaway begins 60th navigation season. The first ship to officially transit through the Seaway in 2018 was the Algoma Niagara. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D11-4-32 Application of the De Minimis Provision to Textile and Apparel Goods under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2018 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2018 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • CFIA Notice to Industry - Updates to the delivery of the plant health potentially injurious organisms program. Import, transfer and handling
  • CFIA Notice to industry - New voluntary national biosecurity standard for livestock, poultry and deadstock transportation
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene MHD 2018-05 Chapter 10 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures, Annex M-1, Chemical Residue Monitoring Program, Country Specific
  • CITT Expiry No. LE-2018-001 Carbon steel welded pipe from China. Notice of expiry of order
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2017-005 Dry wheat pasta from Turkey. Notice of commencement of inquiry
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2017-008 The goods in issue are complete automatic transmissions used to replace defective original transmissions


March 29, 2018

Canada takes measures to prevent transshipment, diversion of steel and aluminum. Regulatory changes to prevent the smuggling of cheap steel and aluminum into the North American market. More...

CBSA issues dumping determination on pasta from Turkey. Provisional duties at rates of up to 207.6% are now payable on the subject goods. More...

Canadian rail freight volume up 3.0 percent January. Freight originating in Canada increased 0.7% and freight received from the United States rose 25.5%. More...

OECD says growth in G20 countries remained stable at 1.0% in last quarter of 2017. GDP growth picked up in Mexico, South Africa and France and was stable in India and Canada. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2018 Imports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing 2018 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • Update to the "Import Information By Jurisdiction" - Mexico. Please be advised that a "List of establishments approved to export live or raw molluscan shellfish from Mexico to Canada" has been added
  • Meat Hygiene Directives:
  • - MHD 2018-07 Chapter 11 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures - China - Annex B (2018-03-20)
  • - MHD 2018-04 Chapter 11 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures - Argentina - Section 11.7.3.2.2 (2018-03-20)


March 23, 2018

Dumping of PET resin from four countries not injuring Canadian industry says Tribunal. PET resin from China, India, Oman and Pakistan will not be subject to extra duty. More...

CFIA issues compliance guidance for exporting food to the U.S. American importers must verify that food meets applicable U.S. safety standards. More...

OECD says 2.5% of internationally traded goods are counterfeit. Inconsistent penalties and insufficient checks on small parcels allow traffic worth billions of dollar. More...

What to expect from a NAFTA verification of origin. The objective of a verification by the CBSA is to confirm that products qualify as originating in accordance with NAFTA. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Hot-rolled carbon steel plate from China - Statement of Reasons
  • Special Duty on Certain Tobacco Products and the Regulations Respecting Prescribed Brands of Manufactured Tobacco and Prescribed Cigarettes
  • CFIA Notice to Industry - AIRS update on pasteurized / unpasteurized cheese
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2017-003 Polyethylene terephthalate resin from China, India, Oman and Pakistan. Finding issued


March 16, 2018

Canada-Mercosur free trade negotiations begin on March 20. The first round of FTA negotiations will take place in Ottawa from March 20 to 23. More...

U.S. adds anti-dumping duty on imports of Canadian newsprint. Announcement follows January decision imposing preliminary countervailing duties. More...

Canadian fish and seafood exports continue to grow. The top three species exported in 2017 were lobster, snow/queen crab and Atlantic salmon. More...

Ottawa initiates consultations on Canada's port system. Port Authorities handle more than 60 per cent of Canada's commercial cargo volume. More...

Global operation targeting trafficking of cultural goods proves effective. More than 41,000 objects including coins, paintings, archaeological pieces and sculptures were seized. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D10-15-28 Tariff Classification of Footwear, Covering the Ankle
  • Textiles and Clothing 2018 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2018 Imports - Updated
  • CFIA - Revised: Annex A - China of Chapter 10 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: MHD 2018-06 Chapter 10 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures - Annex A: China


March 9, 2018

U.S. imposes duty on steel and aluminum but exempts Canada and Mexico. Proclamation imposes a 25% duty on steel imports and 10% duty on aluminum imports. More...

Member countries ratify Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Trade ministers from the eleven members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership sign trade deal in Santiago, Chile. More...

Round Seven of NAFTA negotiations brings agreement on three more chapters. Negotiators reached agreement on regulatory practices, administration, and sanitary measures. More...

Statistics Canada says trade deficit narrowed to $1.9 billion in January. Imports decreased faster than exports, reducing the deficit by over a billion dollars. More...

Global air freight demand rose 8 percent in January. Airlines in all regions reported an increase in total year-on-year demand in January. More...

Dumping would resume if duties expired on carbon steel plate from China. Tribunal will now determine whether the expiry is likely to result in injury to Canadian industry. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Hot-rolled carbon steel plate from China. Expiry Review Decision
  • Polyethylene terephthalate resin from China, India, Oman and Pakistan. Final Determinations - Statement of Reasons
  • Changes to import and export certification requirements for shelf-stable thermally processed pet food, treats and chews for Canada and the United States
  • Update to the "List of Establishments Approved to Export Live or Raw Molluscan Shellfish from France to Canada"


March 2, 2018

Tribunal finds dumping of pasta from Turkey injures Canadian industry. Anti-dumping duties could soon be applicable to the goods under investigation. More...

Merchandise trade within the G20 accelerated in the fourth quarter of 2017. The OECD says exports grew by 2.7% and imports were up 3.0% in G20 economies. More...

Canadian rail freight volume continued to climb in December. Country's railways carried a total of 30.6 million tonnes of freight, up 5.5% from December 2016. More...

EU and Indonesia complete fourth round of free trade negotiations. The negotiating teams covered the full range of issues in the free trade agreement. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Textiles and Clothing 2018 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2018 Imports - Updated
  • CFIA - Russian Federation removed temporary restrictions related to Avian Influenza
  • CFIA - Update to the Proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2017-004 Dry Wheat Pasta from Turkey. Determination issued


February 23, 2018

Release of the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Ministers of all 11 member countries will officially sign the CPTPP on March 8th in Santiago, Chile. More...

Canada will begin free trade talks with Mercosur. The formal launch of trade talks is expected to be announced at a joint meeting next month in Paraguay. More...

U.S. could soon impose duties and quotas on imports of steel and aluminum. Report recommends tariffs of up to 53% on steel and tariffs of up to 23.6% on aluminum. More...

Blue Water Bridge truck exit to be modified for next phase of work. The new alignment is meant to facilitate the demolition of the old administration buildings. More...

Global Affairs is preparing its yearly report on human rights and free trade with Colombia. Government seeks input about Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement impact on human rights. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D2-1-1 Temporary Importation of Baggage and Conveyances by Non-residents
  • Memorandum D11-4-6 Rules of Origin for the New Zealand and Australia Tariff Treatments
  • Memorandum D17-1-3 Casual Importations
  • CBSA Form A30 Diversion Notice
  • CRA Notice EDN46 Excise Duty Rates on Spirits and Wine Effective April 1, 2018
  • CRA Notice EDBN24 Excise Duty Rates on Beer Effective April 1, 2018
  • Textiles and Clothing 2018 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2018 Imports - Updated


February 16, 2018

CBSA issues final determinations on PET resin from four countries. The trade tribunal is continuing its inquiry into the question of injury to the domestic industry. More...

Consultations on CETA regulatory cooperation forum. The new forum will facilitate and promote regulatory cooperation between Canada and the EU. More...

Reinvestigation of values of gypsum board from the United States. Revised amounts could change the rates of anti-dumping duty payable on imports. More...

Trade growth is expected to keep a good momentum in first quarter, says WTO. Trade recovery will likely continue in the coming months and remain above trend. More...

Tribunal maintains injury finding on stainless steel sinks from China. A resumption of the dumping and subsidizing would result in injury to Canadian industry. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Polyethylene terephthalate resin from China, India, Oman and Pakistan. Notice of Final Decisions
  • Gypsum Board from United States of America. Notice of Re-investigation
  • Memorandum D11-4-5 Rules of Origin Respecting Commonwealth Caribbean Countries. Revised, see memorandum
  • Textiles and Clothing 2018 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2018 Imports - Updated
  • Products of Natural Milk Constituents - Import Control List - Quantities available following the completion of the allocation for 2018
  • CFIA Memorandum 2018-01 Renewal of Veterinary Biologics Establishment Licences, Product Licences, and Import Permits
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2017-001 Stainless steel sinks from China. The Tribunal continues its finding


February 9, 2018

Canada's trade deficit widened to $3.2 billion in December. Imports grew faster than exports, increasing the deficit by half a billion dollars. More...

Using the correct tariff classification: beyond duties and taxes. Import data is also used for enforcement, to maintain trade statistics and negotiate trade agreements. More...

Repairs to cargo lane at Blaine may cause delays to truck traffic. Cargo lane at Pacific Highway, Blaine, will require extensive repairs over the next two to four weeks. More...

Application of price reductions to the value for duty. Memorandum explains the treatment of discounts in determining the transaction value. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Memorandum D11-5-3 Canada-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement (CCRFTA) Rules of Origin
  • Memorandum D11-5-4 Canada-Chili Free Trade Agreement (CCRFTA) Rules of Origin
  • Memorandum D13-4-10 Price Reductions
  • Textiles and Clothing 2018 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2018 Imports - Updated
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2017-011 Whether a trade-in allowance of a motorhome should be deducted from the value for duty
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2017-013 Classification of the iPad Air 2 Smart Case
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2017-003 Classification of Large Mop Snowman
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2017-002 Carbon and alloy steel line pipe from Korea. Reasons


February 2, 2018

Sixth round of NAFTA negotiations ends with some progress. Negotiators reached agreement on a NAFTA chapter focusing on anti-corruption. More...

U.S. trade commission finds imports of Canadian aircraft do not injure U.S. industry. The U.S. Department of Commerce could have imposed punitive duties of about 300%. More...

Global air cargo increased 9% in 2017 according to IATA. Air cargo's strong performance in 2017 was sealed by a solid result in December. More...

Canadian railways' freight volumes were up 1.9% in November. Freight originating in Canada did not increase but freight received from the United States rose 22.7%. More...

Get help with foreign trade barriers from Global Affairs Canada. Businesses can register a trade barrier and get help from the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Copper Pipe Fittings from Vietnam - Notice of Preliminary Determinations
  • Steel piling pipe from China - Expiry Review Decision
  • Textiles and Clothing 2018 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2018 Imports - Updated
  • CITT Inquiry No. NQ-2017-004 Copper Pipe Fittings from Vietnam. Notice of commencement of inquiry


January 26, 2018

Conclusion of negotiations on Trans-Pacific free trade agreement. The 11 remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership will sign trade deal in March. More...

CBSA issues dumping determination on copper pipe fittings from Vietnam. Provisional duties at rates of up to 201.4% are now payable on the subject goods. More...

Dumping would resume if duties expired on steel piling pipe from China. Tribunal will now determine whether the expiry is likely to result in injury to Canadian industry. More...

Tribunal to review expiry of duties on oil and gas well casing from China. Finding is scheduled to expire unless CBSA and Tribunal decide to maintain it. More...

Canada files NAFTA appeals of U.S. decisions on aircraft and lumber. Ottawa will fight punitive U.S. duties aircraft and softwood lumber from Canada. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Seamless carbon or alloy steel oil and gas well casing from China. Notice of Initiation of Expiry Review Investigation
  • Textiles and Clothing 2018 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2018 Imports - Updated
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives: MHD 2018-03 Chapter 11 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures - United States of America, Annex Q
  • CITT Expiry Review No. RR-2017-006 Seamless carbon or alloy steel oil and gas well casing from China. The Tribunal will initiate an expiry review of its order
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2017-003 Copper Pipe Fittings from Vietnam. Reasons issued


January 19, 2018

Australia files WTO complaint targeting rules on sale of wine in Canada. Australia claims that a range of measures and taxes discriminate against imported wine. More...

EU and Mexico make progress in bridging gaps in latest trade talks. Some of the remaining issues include geographical indications and investment protection. More...

Seaway wraps up navigation season with strong cargo gains. A total of 38 million tonnes of cargo transited the St. Lawrence Seaway's locks in 2017. More...

Economic growth expected to remain stable in OECD countries. Indicators point to stable growth momentum for the United States, Japan, Canada and the euro area. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • CBSA - SIMA - Dry Wheat Pasta from Turkey - Initiation of Investigations. Statement of Reasons
  • Canada announces an Ombudsperson and Advisory Body on responsible business conduct abroad
  • Global Affairs Canada Industry Steel Classification - New Harmonized System 10-digit Classification - 2018
  • Canada amends sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • CITT Appeal No. AP-2014-023 Tariff classification of five different enzyme-modified cheese or butter flavourings


January 12, 2018

The Canada Border Services Agency updates its verification targets. Commodities are targeted for verification of origin, tariff classification and value for duty. More...

Canada files WTO complaint over U.S. trade remedy measures. Canada says measures are inconsistent with U.S. obligations under WTO rules. More...

U.S. sets punitive duties on Canadian newsprint. Commerce Department announces affirmative determination in countervailing duty investigation. More...

Global air freight demand kept increasing in November. Airlines in all regions reported an increase in total year-on-year demand in November. More...

Canada's trade deficit increased to $2.5 billion in November. The country's imports grew faster than its exports, increasing the deficit by almost one billion dollars. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Customs Notice 18-02 Exports of waste materials and recyclables and scrap materials to China under the Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations
  • Customs Notice 18-01 Notification of Canadian International Trade Tribunal Decision on Centrifugal Opening Knives
  • Memorandum D21-1-1 Customs Privileges for Diplomatic Missions, Consular Posts and Accredited International Organizations (Tariff Item No. 9808.00.00)
  • CFIA - Arundo donax (giant reed) will be regulated as a pest plant
  • CFIA Meat Hygiene Directives:
    - MHD 2018-02 Chapter 11 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures - Argentina - Section 11.7.3
    - MHD 2018-01 Chapter 11 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures - Chile - Section 11.7.3.1


January 5, 2018

Tribunal finds dumping of steel line pipe from South Korea injures Canadian industry. Anti-dumping duties will be collected by the CBSA on importations of these goods. More...

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Harmonized System. The HS forms the basis for Customs tariffs and statistical nomenclatures around the world. More...

U.S. issues final duties order on Canadian softwood lumber. Canada has already begun legal challenges under NAFTA and through the WTO. More...

Ports of Montreal and Quebec award traditional gold-headed canes. Port authorities' long-established awards go to the first ships to sail up the Saint-Lawrence river. More...

Expansion project at Emerson port of entry to be completed in the summer. The project will increase CBSA's capacity to process more travellers and goods, reducing border wait times. More...

Technical documents: Government memorandums, notices and decisions

  • Dry Wheat Pasta from Turkey - Notice of Initiation of Investigations
  • Textiles and Clothing 2017 Tariff Preference Level Utilization NAFTA Exports - Updated
  • Textiles and Clothing Free Trade Agreement Tariff Preference Level Utilization 2017 Imports - Updated
  • CFIA Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) Quarterly report
  • CFIA Food Shipments Refused Entry into Canada 2017 - July to September
  • CITT Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2017-004 Dry Wheat Pasta from Turkey


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Rising fuel costs could erase ocean carriers' profits in 2018 (2018-06-19) Drewry says the unexpected surge in oil prices has dramatically altered the cost base of carriers. More...

Port of Oakland import volume flat in May (2018-06-19) The Port handled 82,465 TEUs of import cargo last month, nearly identical to container statistics from May 2017. More...

Canadian railways saw carload numbers rise in early June (2018-06-18) For the week ending June 9, 2018, carloads were up 6.2 percent and intermodal units, up 0.8 percent. More...

Port of Long Beach had the busiest May in its 107-year history (2018-06-18) Dockworkers handled 687,427 TEUs, an increase of 6 percent compared to the same month a year ago. More...

Canada issues new carbon-pollution regulations for trucks (2018-06-15) The regulations will introduce stronger standards for vehicles and engines in model year 2021. More...

EU removes all airlines from Indonesia from its restrictive Air Safety List (2018-06-14) A total of 119 airlines from various countries are still banned from EU skies. More...

Port of Vancouver study offers new science that could protect at-risk whales (2018-06-14) Results from the trial demonstrate that reducing vessel speeds is an effective way of reducing underwater noise. More...

Extreme protectionism is damaging, futile says Port of Oakland official (2018-06-14) Don't be part of the illogical rush to draw the drapes and turn out the lights, says Chris Lytle. More...

Freight traffic on American railroads up 4.9 percent in May (2018-06-13) Carload are up 3.2 percent from May 2017 and containers and trailers are up 6.6 percent. More...

U.S. retailers say imports to hit record numbers this summer despite tariff debate (2018-06-13) The numbers forecast for July, August and October would each beat the previous monthly record. More...

Global air freight growth recovered slightly in April (2018-06-12) Demand rose 4.1% in April, up from the 1.8% growth in annual demand recorded in March. More...

U.S. East and Gulf coast ports' employers & union agree to six-year contract (2018-06-12) The current USMX-ILA Contract expires on September 30, 2018. More...

U.S. international trade deficit deficit continued to drop in April (2018-06-11) Exports totaled $211.2 billion, $0.6 billion more than March, imports were $257.4 billion, down $0.4 billion. More...

CP to get thousands of new new high-capacity grain hopper cars (2018-06-11) Railway expects to have more than 500 of these new cars in service before the end of 2018. More...

Total Canadian rail freight volume was stable in March (2018-06-08) Freight originating in Canada decreased 0.9% while freight received from the United States rose 9%. More...

Turnover rate of U.S. truckload drivers jumps to 94% in first quarter (2018-06-08) The turnover rate at large truckload carriers is now 20 percentage points higher than in the first quarter of 2017. More...

Panama Canal sets new monthly tonnage record (2018-06-07) Container shipping contributed 36 percent of canal's tonnage in May. More...

Ottawa launches consultation on rail transportation (2018-06-07) The consultations are meant to support the implementation of the Transportation Modernization Act. More...

IATA forecasts solid profits for airlines despite rising costs (2018-06-06) The International Air Transport Association expects airlines to achieve a collective 4.1% net margin in 2018. More...

Global shippers group denounces ocean carriers' new bunker surcharges (2018-06-06) GSF says container industry is still using conference-style pricing methods to impose surcharges on its customers. More...

Eighty-three containers fall off ship on Australian coast (2018-06-05) In addition to the 83 containers that fell into the sea, another 26 containers were damaged. More...

CN locomotive engineers in Illinois ratify new contract (2018-06-05) The 475 locomotive engineers in the Company's Illinois Central have ratified a new collective agreement. More...

Flights in and out of Canadian airports increased 8.9% in March (2018-06-04) Statistics Canada reports 458,844 aircraft take-offs and landings at 91 Canadian airports. More...

Port of NY & NJ container volume remained stable in the month of April (2018-06-04) Total volume for April was 551,117 TEUs, a 0.75 percent growth from April 2017. More...

Canadian shippers' ground transportation costs increased by 1.9% in March (2018-06-01) Canadian General Freight Index shows base rates increased but fuel surcharges were down. More...

Canada's gross domestic product increased 0.3% in March (2018-06-01) Statistics Canada reports goods-producing industries grew 0.6% with rises in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction. More...

May 2018

CP strike ending after company reaches deal with Teamsters (2018-05-31) Full operations at CP and KVR resumed Thursday at 0600 local time across Canada. More...

Port of Oakland on-line portal provides single point of entry to seaport operations (2018-05-31) It's believed to be an industry first in the quest to digitize containerized cargo transportation. More...

Asia Pacific Airlines' air cargo markets record encouraging growth (2018-05-30) International air cargo demand for the region's carriers saw an encouraging 5.8% increase in April. More...

Vancouver program studying how vessel speed affects whales gets award (2018-05-30) Program received top honour in the environment category at this year's Lloyd's List Americas Awards gala. More...

IMO takes first steps to address regulations for autonomous ships (2018-05-29) As a first step, the scoping exercise will identify current provisions in an agreed list of IMO instruments. More...

Port of Hamburg sees drop in freight totals in year's first quarter (2018-05-29) Container throughput down 1.9% at 2.2 million TEUs in the first quarter of 2018. More...

Conductors and locomotive engineers at CP give strike notice (2018-05-28) Some 3000 conductors and locomotive engineers could go on strike at 2200 eastern time on Tuesday. More...

CN will acquire one thousand new generation grain hopper cars (2018-05-28) The new hopper cars will allow the phase out of older, lower-capacity cars. More...

Global container freight index recovers slightly after March decline (2018-05-25) The RWI-ISL institutes say the first quarter of 2018 marked a new all-time high for the index. More...

Maersk Line doubles service between the Port of Montreal and Europe (2018-05-25) The new weekly service will be a five-vessel rotation linking Italy, France, Spain, Montreal and Halifax. More...

CN locomotive engineers in Canada ratify new contract (2018-05-24) The company's 1,800 locomotives engineers in Canada have successfully ratified a new collective agreement. More...

Industry wants Ottawa to modernize costly Canadian pilotage system (2018-05-24) Significant changes are needed to improve a service that has not been overhauled in over 45 years. More...

American truck tonnage index increased 2.2% in April (2018-05-23) ATA says strength in consumption, factory output, and construction should keep truck freight tonnage solid. More...

Flights in and out of Canadian airports rose by 1.7% in 2017 (2018-05-23) Statistics Canada reports 5.6 million movements in 2017, an increase of 1.7% compared with 2016. More...

Ottawa reports progress in coastal surveying activities (2018-05-22) Canadian Hydrographic Service has completed new surveys of eight ports in British Columbia and Quebec. More...

Ports of Seattle and Tacoma's container volumes decline 1.1 percent in April (2018-05-22) Total international container volumes, at 224,503 TEUs, decreased 1.1 percent from April 2017. More...

Port of Vancouver gets funding for infrastructure upgrades (2018-05-18) The Government of Canada announced a major investment of $55.8 million for four projects. More...

Freight was up 8.7% in March at Port of Virginia (2018-05-18) March's volumes were a nice rebound from largely static volumes in January and February. More...

Canadian manufacturing sales rose 1.4% to $57.1 billion in March (2018-05-17) Higher sales in primary metal, aerospace products, fabricated metal product and transportation equipment. More...

Port of Oakland cargo volume up 2.9 percent from a year ago (2018-05-17) April 2018 was the best April ever for imports in its 91-year history, with 75,369 TEUs. More...

Panama Canal increases daily neopanamax vessel reservations (2018-05-16) Canal adds reservation slot for neopanamax vessels, increasing flexibility for customers. More...

Cargo movement on Great Lakes down 14 percent in April (2018-05-16) Freighters moved 6.1 million tons of cargo on the Great Lakes in the month of April. More...

Ottawa invests in road infrastructure adjacent to the Port of Montréal (2018-05-15) Project provides a direct link to highway to ensure containers continually move from terminals. More...

Port of Long Beach April cargo rises nearly 11 percent (2018-05-15) The port has moved 2.5 million TEUs in the first 4 months of 2018, 17% above last year's record pace. More...

Arbitration is the preferred channel for settlement of cross-border commercial disputes (2018-05-14) The ICC's Court of Arbitration remains the most preferred arbitral institution. More...

Port of NY & NJ sets new freight volume record for the month of March (2018-05-14) Total volume for March was 572,576 TEUs, a 12.7 percent growth from March 2017. More...

Global air freight growth slows to 22-month low (2018-05-11) IATA says the sharp growth slowdown is principally due to the end of the restocking cycle. More...

U.S. retailers expect imports to grow steadily throughout the summer (2018-05-11) With proposed tariffs yet to be officially imposed retailers are stocking up on merchandise says Retail federation. More...

U.S. freight transportation index rose 1.4 percent in March (2018-05-10) Index is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry. More...

New RO/RO terminal to be built at Port of Mobile, Alabama (2018-05-10) The automotive terminal construction is expected to be completed by year-end 2019. More...

Port of Houston reports solid first quarter results (2018-05-09) Year-to-date total tonnage reached 9.7 million, reflecting a 2 percent increase compared to the same period last year. More...

North American intermodal freight volumes up 7.2% in first 3 months (2018-05-09) The trans-Canada, intra-Southeast and Midwest-Southwest lanes had growth of 6.7%, 6.5% and 5.6% respectively. More...

April ends on a positive note for Canadian railroads' freight volume (2018-05-08) For the week ending April 28, 2018, carloads were up 1.1 percent and intermodal units, up 3.5 percent. More...

Panama Canal celebrates first Maryland to Japan LNG shipment (2018-05-08) LNG Sakura carries first-ever liquefied natural gas shipment from Maryland to Japan. More...

U.S. international trade deficit drops nearly $9 billion in March (2018-05-07) Exports totaled $208.5 billion, $4.2 billion more than February, imports were $257.5 billion, down $4.6 billion. More...

Port of Montreal posted volume growth in every sector last year (2018-05-07) Port saw increases in containerized and non-containerized cargo, liquid and dry bulk. More...

Airports association says air freight volumes saw slower growth in February (2018-05-04) North America led the way with an 8.2% freight increase, followed by Europe at 6%. More...

Freight traffic on American railroads up 5.1 percent in April (2018-05-04) Carload are up 3.3 percent from April 2017 and containers and trailers are up 6.8 percent. More...

Canada's gross domestic product increased 0.4% in February (2018-05-03) Statistics Canada reports goods-producing industries grew 1.2% with rises in manufacturing and construction. More...

New freigh train service from Beijing to Antwerp launched last week (2018-05-03) The train service will cut transport time from the usual 45 days by sea, to just 16 days. More...

Ocean carriers rely increasingly on leased containers (2018-05-02) The leased fleet now has a clear majority over that owned by transport operators. More...

Port of NY & NJ terminal gets newest generation gantry cranes (2018-05-02) The arrival of the cranes coincided with the completion of the deepening of the Port channels to 50 feet. More...

Canadian shippers' ground transportation costs continue to rise (2018-05-01) Canadian General Freight Index shows base rates increased but fuel surcharges were down. More...

Port of Trois-Rivieres inaugurates new breakbulk terminal (2018-05-01) New dock is part of a project which included storage, a warehouse, and the upgrading of road and rail access. More...