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Harmonized System (HS) 2017 Revisions

The Harmonized System (HS) 2017 revisions issued by the World Customs Organization went into effect on January 1.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Trade Services at 1.866.268.7602.

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Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

On July 8, Canada and the European Union issued a joint statement announcing September 21, 2017, as the date for the provisional implementation of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

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Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

On July 8, Canada and the European Union issued a joint statement announcing September 21, 2017, as the date for the provisional implementation of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

CETA is a wide-ranging free trade agreement that covers virtually all sectors and aspects of Canada-EU trade in order to reduce or eliminate barriers. CETA is expected to create jobs, strengthen economic relations and boost trade for the countries involved.

The statement notes that the agreement will enter definitively into force once all of the EU member states have ratified the agreement. To date, Latvia, Denmark, Spain and Croatia have voted to formally approve CETA.

Click here for more information on the agreement.

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Holding Information Session Webinars

During the month of July, the CFIA will be holding information webinars which includes a walk-through their new My CFIA web tool and a question and answer period. Click here to learn more about these webinars and register.

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency Holding Information Session Webinars

During the month of July, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will be holding information webinars which includes a walk-through their new My CFIA web tool and a question and answer period.

Some of their webinars will be tailored to specific industry sectors to explain the services available to them.

Click here to learn more about these webinars and register.

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New Requirements for Transporting Ontario Cherries

Effective June 1, 2017, fresh cherries grown in Ontario will be prohibited from moving into the U.S. and BC, and must be certified free from European cherry fruit fly (R. cerasi) before being moved to other provinces in Canada.

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New Requirements for Transporting Ontario Cherries

Effective June 1, 2017, fresh cherries grown in Ontario will be prohibited from moving into the U.S. and BC, and must be certified free from European cherry fruit fly (R. cerasi) before being moved to other provinces in Canada. The European cherry fruit fly is a harmful plant pest that can have devastating effects on cherry crops. These restrictions are being put in place to prevent the spread of this pest outside of Ontario.

More information can be found here:
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/plants/plant-pests-invasive-species/insects/european-cherry-fruit-fly/notice-to-industry-2017-05-23/eng/1495544997843/1495544998246

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Centralization of Commercial Payments

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is centralizing their commercial payment process. This will impact importers who make monthly account payments under the ASEC program or use the CBSA's GST Direct Payment Option.

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Centralization of Commercial Payments

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is centralizing their commercial payment process. This will impact importers who:

  • Make monthly account payments under the Account Security (ASEC) program
  • Use the CBSA's GST Direct Payment Option

More information on the CBSA's Centralization of Commercial Payments can be found here:
http://ftn.fedex.com/ca_english/assets/docs/Centralized_Payments_FAQs.pdf

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Government of Canada Single Window Initiative

This initiative is a joint venture between the CBSA and nine other Canadian federal government departments, which through the use of an electronic data interchange (EDI), will receive import shipment release information.

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Government of Canada Single Window Initiative

The Government of Canada Single Window initiative is a joint venture between the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and nine other Canadian federal government departments, which through the use of an electronic data interchange (EDI), will receive import shipment release information.

The Government of Canada Single Window Initiative (SWI) has been designed to establish an integrated solution for commercial trade processing in a manner that will balance the security needs of the Government with today's globally competitive business environment. It is one of 32 commitments that the Governments of Canada and the U.S. agreed to under the Beyond the Border Action Plan to provide commercial traders with a single window to electronically submit all information required to comply with customs and other government regulations and streamlines the sharing of commercial import data between the Government of Canada and the import community.

SWI has been created to help increase the efficiency of the border process by providing importers and brokers with a single window which all required information can be electronically submitted to comply with customs and participating government agencies, thereby eliminating the need for paper. At present, the trade community is required to provide paper documentation for the importation of commercial shipments that contain goods regulated by the nine government departments. Importers can expect some requirements of the other government departments will change.

The nine participating government departments and agencies representing 38 government programs are:

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Health Canada
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Transport Canada

More information on the Government of Canada SWI can be found here: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/sw-gu/menu-eng.html

More information on nine Government of Canada participating agencies can be found here: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/sw-gu/ogd-amg-eng.html

More information on the Canada/U.S. Beyond the Border Action Plan can be found here: https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/brdr-strtgs/bynd-th-brdr/index-en.aspx

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NRCan Notice of Intent to Improve Energy Efficiency

The Department of Natural Resources (NRCan) has issued a Notice of Intent to improve the energy efficiency of appliances and equipment through Amendment 15 to the Energy Efficiency Regulations.

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NRCan Notice of Intent to Improve Energy Efficiency

The Department of Natural Resources (NRCan) has issued a Notice of Intent to improve the energy efficiency of appliances and equipment through Amendment 15 to the Energy Efficiency Regulations. This is a commitment by the Government of Canada to take action on climate change by improving the energy efficiency standards for appliances and equipment. This publication is in the Canada Gazette http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2017/2017-03-04/html/notice-avis-eng.php#ne11 and provides details on the introduction or update of standards, test methods and reporting of compliance requirements for the product categories listed in the Canada Gazette under the Amendments to the Regulations.

The intent is to align 11 of the 17 product categories with energy efficiency standards in force or expected to be in force in the United States, subject to an analysis of Canadian market conditions. For the remaining 6 product categories, NRCan will undertake an analysis of the environmental and economic impacts of moving to more stringent standards.

For further information contact:
Debbie Scharf
Director
Equipment Division
Office of Energy Efficiency
Natural Resources Canada
930 Carling Avenue, Building 3, 1st Floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0Y3
Telephone: 613.996.4359
Fax: 613.947.5286
Email: equipment@nrcan.gc.ca

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Export Certificates for Certain Fertilizers and Supplements

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is now issuing export certificates for certain fertilizers and supplements. Export certificates certify that the product meets Canadian regulatory requirements with respect to safety and identity.

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Export Certificates for Certain Fertilizers and Supplements

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is now issuing export certificates for certain fertilizers and supplements. Export certificates certify that the product meets Canadian regulatory requirements with respect to safety and identity, however, an export certificate does not confirm compliance with the labelling requirements prescribed in the Fertilizers Act and Regulations as labelling requirements may vary significantly between countries. Export certificates are not mandatory but will support and facilitate export of these products from Canada.

Products eligible for export certificates include:

  • Single fertilizer and supplement materials on Schedule II of the Fertilizers Regulations
  • Products otherwise exempt from registration
  • Products currently registered under the Fertilizers Act

Possession of an export certificate does not exempt a product from registration (if applicable) or marketplace monitoring if, and when, the product is sold in the Canadian marketplace. Non-compliant products when found in the marketplace may be subject to enforcement actions including product detention and, in cases of repeated or severe contraventions, prosecution. Furthermore, contravention of the Fertilizers Act and Fertilizers Regulations invalidates the export certificate.

For more information, please contact:

Pre-market Application Submissions Office
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
59 Camelot Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y9
paso-bpdpm@inspection.gc.ca
1.855.212.7695

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Trade Rate Quota Application for Milk Protein Substances 2017-2018

For importers who import milk protein substances with milk protein content of 85 percent or more by weight calculated on the dry matter, the deadline to apply for Tariff Rate Quota is February 15, 2017.

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Trade Rate Quota Application for Milk Protein Substances 2017-2018

For importers who import milk protein substances with milk protein content of 85 percent or more by weight calculated on the dry matter, the deadline to apply for Tariff Rate Quota was February 15, 2017.

The application form is available in appendix 2 of the new Notice to Importers No. 892 – Milk Protein Substances with a Milk Protein Content of 85% or more by Weight, Calculated on the Dry Matter, that do not Originate in a NAFTA Country, Chile, Costa Rica, or Israel (Item 125.2 on the Import Control List), which can be found on Global Affairs Canada's website here.

If you require assistance, please email regulatoryinquiries@ftn.fedex.com

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Weeds Seeds Order 2016

Effective November 1, 2016, all seeds sold or imported into Canada must be tested and graded using the Government of Canada's Weeds Seeds Order (WSO), 2016. To avoid common errors, which may delay the release of imported seeds, please ensure the following.

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Weeds Seeds Order 2016

Effective November 1, 2016, all seeds sold or imported into Canada must be tested and graded using the Government of Canada's Weeds Seeds Order (WSO), 2016.

When importing seeds in small packets intended for home gardens by individuals or commercial businesses, the requirements of the Seeds Act and Seeds Regulations must be complied with. To avoid common errors, which may delay the release of imported seeds, please ensure:

  • The unique lot identifier appears on all import documents (e.g., invoice import declaration, Seed Analysis Certificate (SAC))
  • The information on the SAC meets Canadian standards
  • Imports of seeds of crop types listed in Schedule III of the Regulations are a variety registered in Canada (unregistered varieties cannot be imported except for limited purposes)
  • The end use of the seed is clearly stated (for sale, research, conditioning or seeding by the importer)
  • Optional – include the fax or email address on the paperwork

More information on this program can be found through the Government of Canada's website Weed Seeds Order (WSO), or by emailing the Canadian Food Inspection Agency at SeedSemence@inspection.gc.ca.

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Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan

The Government of Canada is taking further action to strengthen Canada's world-class food safety system with the launch of the Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan.

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Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan

The Government of Canada is taking further action to strengthen Canada's world-class food safety system with the launch of the Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan.

The Action Plan aims to strengthen Canada's food safety system through:

  • Stronger food safety rules
  • More effective inspection
  • Renewed commitment to service
  • More information for consumers

Under CFIA's Imported Food Sector Regulatory Proposal food and food product importers will be required to maintain the following:

  • License to import
  • Preventative Food Safety Control Plan (PFSCP)
  • Detailed records
  • Recall plan

To learn more about the Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan, please click here.

For general inquiries on the Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan, please email regulatoryinquiries@ftn.fedex.com.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency wants to hear from businesses and all Canadians regarding the Proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations.

Send your comments by April 21, 2017

Food safety is a top priority for the Government of Canada. The proposed regulations for businesses will introduce modern food safety requirements for companies that import, prepare food for export or sell between provinces.

Full details regarding the proposed regulations on Safe Foods for Canadians may be found here.

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Canada Food Labelling Modernization Initiative

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) launched a Food Labelling Modernization (FLM) initiative in June 2013.

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Canada Food Labelling Modernization Initiative

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) launched a Food Labelling Modernization (FLM) initiative in June 2013. Since then, they have conducted two public consultations and are now conducting a third one on key proposals. The consultation closed February 28, 2017, and included of the following:

To learn more about the Canada Food Labelling Modernization initiative, click here.

For general inquiries on the Canada Food Labelling Modernization initiative, please email regulatoryinquiries@ftn.fedex.com.

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