Livingston International http://www.zouxian.site Simplify Trade Wed, 12 Feb 2020 23:13:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Companies experience service disruptions due to blockades on rail network http://www.zouxian.site/companies-experience-service-disruptions-due-to-blockades-on-rail-network/ Wed, 12 Feb 2020 23:13:50 +0000 http://www.zouxian.site/?p=49516 February 12, 2020 – The Canadian National Railway Co. (CN Rail) has released an update on the status of blockades that have been set up in British Columbia and Ontario in solidarity with opponents of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project that crosses the traditional territory of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation in northwestern British Columbia. CN... Read more »

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February 12, 2020 – The Canadian National Railway Co. (CN Rail) has released an update on the status of blockades that have been set up in British Columbia and Ontario in solidarity with opponents of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project that crosses the traditional territory of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation in northwestern British Columbia.

CN Rail’s network update:

In Tyendinaga, ON and New Hazelton, BC, the court has issued Orders restraining any person from trespassing on CN’s right-of-way and interfering with CN’s operations. The Orders were served on protesters who refuse to comply voluntarily. To date, the protesters have refused to comply.

Unless the blockades on our rail lines are removed, we will be forced to shut down significant parts of our Canadian network.

NETWORK IMPACT: Hundreds of trains have been cancelled since the blockades began five days ago. We are currently parking trains across our network, but due to limited available space, CN will have no choice but to temporarily discontinue service in key corridors unless the blockades come to an end.

You can learn more about the blockade, and its impact on CN Rail’s network here: https://www.cn.ca/en/news/2020/02/cn-forced-to-shut-down-parts-of-network-due-to-blockades/

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2020 Spring weight restrictions http://www.zouxian.site/2020-spring-weight-restrictions/ Wed, 12 Feb 2020 22:08:54 +0000 http://www.zouxian.site/?p=49507 February 12, 2020 – Every year, a number of Canadian provinces implement a “Spring Thaw” policy, which specifies reduced trailer load restrictions in order to protect roads from significant damage at a time of year when roads are most vulnerable to damage due to high levels of moisture. Restrictions can vary between 8% and 20%,... Read more »

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February 12, 2020 – Every year, a number of Canadian provinces implement a “Spring Thaw” policy, which specifies reduced trailer load restrictions in order to protect roads from significant damage at a time of year when roads are most vulnerable to damage due to high levels of moisture.

Restrictions can vary between 8% and 20%, depending on the province, and according to the vehicle’s axle type and configuration.

Shippers should be aware of the spring weight restrictions, and the dates in which they’re in effect, as they will impact shipments.

Some members of the trade community, such as CN Rail, are already taking steps to prepare for Spring Thaw. To avoid a potential backlog of heavy loads requiring special handling , CN is implementing its Spring Weight Restrictions in advance of the Quebec Government notice. They are planning to have all heavy loads arrive prior to the anticipated start of restrictions during the first week of March 2020. To assist its customers during this period of reduced payload, CN will establish a “Latest Shipping Date” where customers may ship at regular payload weights from each terminal (based on the consignee receiving the traffic immediately upon arrival at the destination terminal).

For more information about the thaw period and weight restrictions of individual provinces, please visit the following:

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4 New Exclusions Issued for China Section 301 List 1 Products http://www.zouxian.site/4-new-exclusions-issued-for-china-section-301-list-1-products/ Tue, 11 Feb 2020 20:39:35 +0000 http://www.zouxian.site/?p=49496 February 11, 2020 – The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued notice of 4 new product specific exclusions for Section 301 additional duties for Chinese origin products found on List 1. Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) number 9908.88.15 will be used for the 4 below exclusions, which are effective from July 6, 2018 through October 2, 2020.... Read more »

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February 11, 2020 – The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued notice of 4 new product specific exclusions for Section 301 additional duties for Chinese origin products found on List 1.

Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) number 9908.88.15 will be used for the 4 below exclusions, which are effective from July 6, 2018 through October 2, 2020.

  • 8413.70.2004 – Centrifugal pumps, submersible, designed for use in artificial lift systems for extracting oil and gas
  • 8413.91.9050 / 8413.91.9060 – Pistons and housings for hydraulic fluid power pumps of the type used in power lawn mowers
  • 8417.90.0000 – Furnace roll end-shafts of steel
  • 8501.52.4000 – Multi-phase AC motors of an output of at least 5.8 kW but not exceeding 14.92 kW, each assembled with planetary gears and a gearbox

The notice also includes 4 updates to product specific descriptions, as well as 26 updates reflecting former and current HTS.

Exclusions may be used when your product meets the specially prepared product description, whether you applied for the exclusion or not.

Refunds for duties previously paid, which are now excluded, may be applied for using a Post Summary Correction (PSC) for unliquidated entries; or a Protest for entries liquidated within the past 180 days.

Importers should contact their Livingston Service representative to request any applicable PSCs or Protests be filed

If you have any questions regarding Section 301 Exclusions for Chinese origin products, Livingston can help!? Please contact either your Livingston account manager or our regulatory affairs group at usregaffairs@livingstonintl.com

 

 

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CFIA Notice on the Declaration of Fish Imports http://www.zouxian.site/cfia-notice-on-the-declaration-of-fish-imports/ Tue, 11 Feb 2020 18:20:59 +0000 http://www.zouxian.site/?p=49490 February 11, 2020 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is reminding fish importers to declare their shipments properly. Importers have the legal responsibility to provide complete and accurate import information prior to or at the time of import and it remains the importer’s responsibility to ensure that all declarations are complete and accurate under... Read more »

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February 11, 2020 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is reminding fish importers to declare their shipments properly. Importers have the legal responsibility to provide complete and accurate import information prior to or at the time of import and it remains the importer’s responsibility to ensure that all declarations are complete and accurate under subsections 13(1) and 13(2) of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR), and section 15 of the Safe Food for Canadians Act.

All customs brokers or importers should be submitting import information through the Integrated Import Declaration (IID). The import information provided through the IID should match the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) registration.

Importers can search for the latest import requirements in the Automated Import Reference System database. CFIA’s AIRS Video Tutorial demonstrates how to use the database to determine the requirements for importing into Canada.

CFIA is reviewing fish import declarations and is contacting importers to ask them to update or complete information where required.

CFIA is taking a graduated enforcement approach when importers do not provide the required import information. The enforcement action will be based on the gravity of the non-compliance, considering factors such as the potential or actual harm, intent and compliance history.

Control and enforcement activities conducted by CFIA staff will be guided by the Standard Regulatory Response Process (SRRP) and may include a letter of non-compliance, issuance of administrative monetary penalties (AMPs), or the suspension or cancellation of the Safe Food for Canadians (SFC) licence.

Additional information can be found on the CFIA website:

Graduated enforcement of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations as of January 15, 2019

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Renewal of CFIA Veterinary Biologics Establishment Licences, Product Licences and Annual Import Permits http://www.zouxian.site/renewal-of-cfia-veterinary-biologics-establishment-licences-product-licences-and-annual-import-permits/ Tue, 11 Feb 2020 18:03:06 +0000 http://www.zouxian.site/?p=49486 February 11, 2020 – Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a reminder notice to importers and manufacturers on the renewal for holders of Canadian veterinary biologics establishment licences, product licences, and mport permits. Annual import permits expire April 30, 2020. Also, that the establishment licences (Veterinary Biologics Establishment Licence) and product licences (Veterinary Biologics Product... Read more »

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February 11, 2020 – Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a reminder notice to importers and manufacturers on the renewal for holders of Canadian veterinary biologics establishment licences, product licences, and mport permits. Annual import permits expire April 30, 2020. Also, that the establishment licences (Veterinary Biologics Establishment Licence) and product licences (Veterinary Biologics Product Licence) expire May 31, 2020.

The following forms and guide for renewal of veterinary biologics import permits, as well as renewal information for holders of establishment licences and product licences, are available on the Canadian Centre for Veterinary Biologics (CCVB) website.

For foreign manufacturers, and their Canadian importers:

For Canadian manufacturers:

If you have any questions or require additional information about the renewal procedure, please contact CCVB, c/o the Pre-market Application Submissions Office at 613-773-7408 or by e-mail at cfia.paso-bpdpm.acia@canada.ca

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CBP Trusted Travelers Programs Affected by N.Y. State Green Light Law http://www.zouxian.site/cbp-trusted-travelers-programs-affected-by-n-y-state-green-light-law/ Mon, 10 Feb 2020 15:44:04 +0000 http://www.zouxian.site/?p=49468 February 10, 2020 – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will no longer issue new membership or renewals in their Trusted Travel Programs to state of New York residents. This is due to N.Y.’s recently passed Green Light Law, which restricts CBP’s access to N.Y. Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) records. Travelers using CBP’s Global... Read more »

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February 10, 2020 – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will no longer issue new membership or renewals in their Trusted Travel Programs to state of New York residents. This is due to N.Y.’s recently passed Green Light Law, which restricts CBP’s access to N.Y. Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) records.

Travelers using CBP’s Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI programs may be affected.

The Vehicle Export program will also be affected, as N.Y. titled vehicles may be de-prioritized when supporting documents are not able to be authenticated.

CBP’s Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program for commercial vehicles may also be affected for drivers who are registered in N.Y. state.

The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) PreCheck program is currently not affected.

New York state reacted by plans to file a lawsuit.

If you have any questions regarding CBP’s Trusted Travel Program recent changes, Livingston can help!? Please contact either your Livingston account manager or our regulatory affairs group at usregaffairs@livingstonintl.com

 

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8th Round of Exclusions Granted for China Section 301 List 3 Products http://www.zouxian.site/8th-round-of-exclusions-granted-for-china-section-301-list-3-products/ Thu, 06 Feb 2020 15:51:45 +0000 http://www.zouxian.site/?p=49442 February 6, 2020 – The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) granted an eighth round of exclusions from Section 301 additional duties for Chinese origin products found on List 3. Two ten-digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) were excluded: ? 8425.31.0100 ? 8708.93.7500 As well as 117 specific product descriptions. Exclusions cover 156 separate exclusion requests, and are... Read more »

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February 6, 2020 – The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) granted an eighth round of exclusions from Section 301 additional duties for Chinese origin products found on List 3.

Two ten-digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) were excluded:
? 8425.31.0100
? 8708.93.7500

As well as 117 specific product descriptions.

Exclusions cover 156 separate exclusion requests, and are effective September 24, 2018, through August 6, 2020, using HTS number 9903.88.38.

Exclusions may be used as long as your product meets the specially prepared product description, whether you applied for the exclusion or not.

Refunds for duties previously paid, which are now excluded, may be applied for using a Post Summary Correction (PSC) for unliquidated entries; or a Protest for entries liquidated within the past 180 days.

Importers should contact their Livingston Service representative to request any applicable PSCs or Protests be filed.

If you have any questions regarding Additional Section 301 Exclusions for List 3 Chinese origin products, Livingston can help! Please contact either your Livingston account manager or our regulatory affairs group at usregaffairs@livingstonintl.com

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Mexican Tomato Inspections to Begin in April http://www.zouxian.site/mexican-tomato-inspections-to-begin-in-april/ Tue, 04 Feb 2020 20:20:02 +0000 http://www.zouxian.site/?p=49430 February 4, 2020 – The Department of Commerce (DOC) announced in a notice that inspection requirements will begin April 6, 2020 on imports of fresh tomatoes from Mexico. On September 19, 2019, Commerce (DOC) and signatory producers/exporters signed the 2019 Suspension Agreement implementing an inspection program. This program specified that all loads of fresh tomatoes... Read more »

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February 4, 2020 – The Department of Commerce (DOC) announced in a notice that inspection requirements will begin April 6, 2020 on imports of fresh tomatoes from Mexico.

On September 19, 2019, Commerce (DOC) and signatory producers/exporters signed the 2019 Suspension Agreement implementing an inspection program. This program specified that all loads of fresh tomatoes shall be subject to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection for quality and condition defects near the border after entering the United States.

The inspection program outlined in Section VII.C of the 2019 Suspension Agreement applies to all fresh tomatoes from Mexico except for:

  • Tomatoes on the vine
  • Specialty tomatoes
  • Grape tomatoes in retail packages of 2 pounds or less

Importers of tomatoes subject to inspection must request the USDA inspection and pay the associated USDA fees.? After inspection, the importer will receive an inspection certificate, which must be maintained by the importer and is subject to submission to, and verification by Commerce (DOC).

If you have any questions regarding Mexican tomato inspections, Livingston can help!? Please contact either your Livingston account manager or our regulatory affairs department at usregaffairs@livingstonintl.com

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Canada-European Union Agreements to Continue to Apply to the United?Kingdom During Brexit Transition Period http://www.zouxian.site/canada-european-union-agreements-to-continue-to-apply-to-the-united-kingdom-during-brexit-transition-period/ Mon, 03 Feb 2020 16:03:24 +0000 http://www.zouxian.site/?p=49427 February 3, 2020 – Global Affairs Canada issued the following statement on January 31, 2020: “The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (U.K.) and European Union (EU) are both important partners for Canada and Canadian businesses. Canada welcomes the EU and the U.K. reaching a mutually agreeable path forward on the U.K.’s orderly... Read more »

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February 3, 2020 – Global Affairs Canada issued the following statement on January 31, 2020:

“The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (U.K.) and European Union (EU) are both important partners for Canada and Canadian businesses. Canada welcomes the EU and the U.K. reaching a mutually agreeable path forward on the U.K.’s orderly departure from the EU, which includes a transition period until at least December 31, 2020.

“Over the past few years in preparation for Brexit, our government has actively worked with U.K. ministers and government officials, including having our Prime Ministers directly engaged, to ensure a solid path forward for our two countries.

“We know that continuity and stability is important for Canadians, as well as for our businesses and entrepreneurs as they export and do business with the U.K.

“During the Brexit transition period, all Canada-EU agreements will continue to apply to the U.K. This includes the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)—which means that trade between Canada and the U.K. will continue to benefit from duty-free access on 98% of products, and businesses should see no change in how they trade with the U.K. during this transition period.

“Canadian travellers should also not experience any changes in travel to and from the U.K.

“We are committed to continuing to strengthen our relationships with both the EU and the U.K. to advance our economies, and to help our entrepreneurs grow their businesses and create more jobs for people across our countries.”

Also, the Government of Canada has posted in Canada Gazette publication notice in Part 1, Vol.154, Number 5: Canada’s international agreements with the European Union post-Brexit

The United Kingdom and the European Union have agreed on a Withdrawal Agreement that sets the conditions of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. This Withdrawal Agreement comes into force on January 31, 2020. The Withdrawal Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom contains provisions pertaining to the applicability of the European Union’s agreements with international partners, such as Canada. The Agreement states that the United Kingdom shall be bound by the obligations stemming from these agreements during the post-Brexit transition period that is expected to last until December 31, 2020, with a possibility of being extended by one or two years.

As a result, the European Union will interpret its agreements with Canada as applying to the United Kingdom for the duration of this transition period. In order to ensure an orderly transition in Canada–United Kingdom relations and to minimize the effect of Brexit on Canadian stakeholders, Canada has agreed, through a decision of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, to continue to interpret its agreements with the European Union as applying to the United Kingdom as though the United Kingdom were still a member state of the European Union for the duration of the transition period as defined in the Withdrawal Agreement.

Therefore, through this notice, the Government of Canada wishes to inform Canadians that agreements concluded by Canada with the European Union, with Member States acting on behalf of the European Union, and with the European Union and its Member States acting jointly shall continue to apply to the United Kingdom for the duration of the transition period following its departure from the European Union.

If there is any change to this situation, further communications will be published through the Canada Gazette. For the purposes of this notice, the “European Union” includes the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom).

More information and associated links

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CBSA initiation of normal value and export price review – carbon and alloy steel line pipe http://www.zouxian.site/cbsa-initiation-of-normal-value-and-export-price-review-carbon-and-alloy-steel-line-pipe/ Mon, 03 Feb 2020 14:35:15 +0000 http://www.zouxian.site/?p=49420 February 3, 2020 – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), on January 29, 2020, announced the initiation of a normal value and export price review respecting certain carbon and alloy steel line pipe exported to Canada from Korea by SeAH Steel Corporation (SeAH). Further product details as well as the applicable tariff classification numbers of... Read more »

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February 3, 2020 – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), on January 29, 2020, announced the initiation of a normal value and export price review respecting certain carbon and alloy steel line pipe exported to Canada from Korea by SeAH Steel Corporation (SeAH).

Further product details as well as the applicable tariff classification numbers of the subject goods are contained in Appendix 1 of the Notice of Normal Value Review.

If the exporter (SeAH Steel Corporation) decides to participate in the normal value review, they are required to provide a complete and accurate response to the CBSA’s Request for Information (RFI) by March 6, 2020.

Should the exporter not provide a complete response to the RFI by the deadline date, any previous normal values issued to the exporter will be immediately revoked.

Any questions concerning the above should be directed to:

Laura Fast: 613-954-1641

Jacob Saulnier: 613-957-0025

Or by Email to: simaregistry-depotlmsi@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

Additional information and a link to the normal value review schedule is available in the CBSA Notice of Initiation of Normal Value Review.

Please contact your Livingston account representative should you have any questions.

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