Labelling Standard for Genetic Engineered Foods.

When a company chooses to make a labelling claim about genetic engineering for foods, the Voluntary Labelling and Advertising of Foods that Are and Are Not Products of Genetic Engineering – CAN/CGSB-32.315 (the GE Standard) provides guidance on how those claims can be truthful and not misleading, in compliance with the Food and Drugs Act and the Safe Food for Canadians Act.

National standards must be publically reviewed every five years and are administered by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB). CGSB determined in 2021 that the GE Standard remained technically relevant and can continue to be used. The GE Standard will be available on the CGSB website.

CARM information letter.

Dear Valued Client:

CARM is a new program with CBSA that will be changing the Canadian importation process and will affect all Canadian importers and exporters. In the Spring of 2021, importers and custom brokers in Canada will be expected to adapt to the changes enforced under CARM.

Timelines Published

What to expect with CARM Release 1: (Implemented live on May 25, 2021)

· Ensure you are set up with a GC Key or sign in partner when required

· Online portal to allow importers to have immediate visibility to duties and taxes/amounts owing

· It will be your company’s responsibility to set up your account and allow ARGO Customs Brokers access to the online portal

What to expect with CARM Release 2: (Proposed May 2022)

· Financial security (bond) will have to be posted by Importer

· B3 and B2 replaced by (CAD) Commercial accounting declaration

· Corrections, rulings and adjustments done online.

Check out video on Release 1 of CARM

ARGO Customs Brokers is committed to assisting you in your transition into CARM. Please contact us to Email or directly to your particular broker.

Upholstered domestic seating Dumping and subsidy (China and Vietnam).

Provisional anti‑dumping duty is payable on subject goods that are released from the CBSA during the period commencing May 5, 2021:
Country of origin or export – China 206.36%,
for Vietnam 89.77%

Provisional countervailing duty is payable on subject goods that are released from the CBSA during the period commencing May 5, 2021:
China 89.54%
Vietnam 11.73%

Canada extends land border restrictions.

April 21, 2021
Canada and the United States on Tuesday extended a land-border closure for non-essential travelers, and air passengers arriving in Canada will continue to be tested for COVID-19 ahead of a hotel quarantine period, authorities said.

The land-border restrictions, imposed in March 2020, have been extended to May 21. Now in place for 13 months, they are being renewed month by month. Mexico said late on Monday it was maintaining some of its border restrictions, too.

New Excise Duty Rates for Tobacco are in Effect

As announced in the Federal Budget yesterday, excise duty rates on tobacco products have increased.

Port of Montreal longshoremen begin a series of strikes

Port of Montreal longshoremen began the first in a series of weekend strikes on Saturday.

The action comes on top of the overtime strike launched last week. They will cease work on Saturdays and Sundays for an unlimited period, but will not put up pickets.

CBSA Initiation of an Investigations regarding certain Small Power Transformers.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has today initiated an investigation under the Special Import Measures Act respecting the alleged injurious dumping of certain small power transformers from Austria, the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (Chinese Taipei), and South Korea. The investigation follows a complaint filed by Transformateurs Delta Inc., Northern Transformer Corporation, PTI Transformers Inc., and PTI Transformers L.P..

Since 2019, the subject goods are normally classified under the following tariff classification numbers:

8504.22.00.20 8504.23.00.10

Incomplete small power transformers and parts and components thereof may also be imported under the following tariff classification numbers:

8504.90.90.10 8504.90.90.82 8504.90.90.90

Additional information about the investigation is contained in a Statement of Reasons which will be available within 15 days on the CBSA’s website.

Canadian Sanctions Related to People’s Republic of China.

Sanctions related to China have been enacted under the Special Economic Measures Act. The Special Economic Measures (People’s Republic of China) Regulations impose a dealings prohibition, an effective asset freeze, on listed persons.

Canada is ratifying the Canada-United Kingdom Trade Continuity Agreement.

The Canada-U.K. TCA will provide Canadian exporters and businesses with continued preferential access to the U.K. market and 98% of Canadian products will continue to be exported to the UK tariff-free. The agreement provides much needed predictability and stability, and will support workers and businesses on both sides of the Atlantic. Canada and the U.K. are taking all necessary steps required to implement this agreement for April 1, 2021.

As the Canada-U.K. TCA is meant to be an interim measure, Canada and the U.K. look forward to engaging in future negotiations on a new, high-standard and ambitious free trade agreement that will best reflect the bilateral relationship and trade priorities.

Importing food into Canada with a Safe Food for Canadians licence.

As of March 15, 2021, food import transactions will automatically be rejected unless a valid Safe Food for Canadians (SFC) licence is entered in the Integrated Import Declaration (IID). If a transaction is rejected, the SFC licence holder may experience delays and have their related food shipment(s) held at the border until the error is addressed and the import transaction is resubmitted.

You must obtain your SFC licence to import before presenting your shipment at the border. You will not be able to obtain an SFC licence at the border. If you currently hold a licence, review your licence profile in My CFIA to ensure that your licence has been issued for the activity of “Importing” and for the food commodity or commodities you intend to import. An SFC licence application, as well as certain licence amendments, may take up to 15 business days to process, but can take longer if a pre-licence inspection is required.