Air cargo flights available

April 9, 2020 – With Air Canada cargo providing freighter flights between many major hubs, we continue to assist customers in fulfilling their shipments. Here are some highlights:

• Cargo capacity is available on scheduled wide body flights operating on routes between Canada, Europe and Asia.

• Ad hoc all-cargo flights on Boeing 777 and 787-9 aircraft are available on demand to almost anywhere in the world. More than 15 such flights have operated so far, mostly from Toronto to Europe and Asia.

• Capacity is available on four weekly cargo-only flights to and from Shanghai; possibility of additional scheduled flights.

• Canaan Transport continues to handle shipments of medical supplies, including gloves, masks and other PPE.

As we head into the Easter weekend, Canaan Transport wishes you and your family a safe long weekend. We are all in this together.

CBSA extends emergency remission order with updated Customs Notice 20-08

April 7, 2020 – In accordance with a request from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the scope of the waiver referenced in Customs Notice 20-08 has been expanded to include imports by or for public or private care residences, such as seniors’ residences, retirement homes, nursing homes and shelters. Accordingly, CBSA has updated Customs Notice 20-08.

LVS courier shipments limit will increase with CUSMA

April 6, 2020 – Canada has now officially ratified the new Canada–United States–Mexico Agreement (CUSMA). Although the date of implementation has not yet been confirmed, effective on the day of coming into force of CUSMA, the CBSA will increase its Low Value Shipment (LVS) thresholds for all commercial importations (in addition to those for express shipments) to an estimated value for duty not exceeding CAD$3,300.

Air Canada Charter flights from China to Toronto

April 2, 2020 – Today, Air Canada announced a series of charter flights beginning on Saturday, April 4th between Shanghai and Toronto. Utilizing their 787-9 fleet, these flights will have capacity for 40 tons of air cargo. We are currently accepting shipments starting on the Wednesday April 8th flight from Shanghai to Toronto of medical equipment and supplies only in order to aid our front line first responders with procruring masks and ventilators. Please contact us at so that we can assist you immediately.

Canada Border Services Agency releases customs notice on importation of medical goods

March 31, 2020 – CBSA has issued Customs Notice 20-12 COVID-19: Tariff Classification and Other Information to Import Medical Supplies to help inform the commercial importing community of the tariff classification number and other potentially useful information for the importation of certain medical supplies. Please review this latest information.


March 31, 2020 – As the month draws to a close, we wanted to reassure our customers that our offices are still in operation while keeping our team members safe by enhancing our remote working policies and procedures. Any urgent requests should be directed to our main office phone number at 416.621.6800 and/or our email at . We continue to pray for the prompt recovery of those affected.

Quebec relaxes spring thaw restrictions

March 30, 2020 – In a notice to the public on Friday, the Government of Quebec announced an amendment to the spring thaw rules for 2020. "Effective immediately and in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, certain supplies essential to society’s needs, such as foodstuffs, medical and sanitary equipment, pharmaceutical products, and products necessary for the production of food, can move with the regular weight as per the rule amendment. "This amendment means that spring thaw weight restrictions will no longer be in effect for these essential supplies and products. These shipments can now move on regular triaxle chassis without the need for quad or permits."

More players may join the CPTPP

March 26, 2020 – Japan will make a fresh attempt to expand the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact to include more Asian economies, such as Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia and the Philippines, after the new coronavirus exposed the risks of supply chains overly dependent on China. First up will be Thailand, a key production hub for many Japanese automakers. The country is expected to announce as early as April its intent to join the TPP. Japan has already begun laying the groundwork by sending a high-ranking negotiator to Thailand. The move comes amid a realization that diversifying production is increasingly important.

Confusion mounts over which businesses are essential in Ontario and Quebec

March 24, 2020 – Our customers are encouraged to confirm and ensure their own status in their respective provinces as we have had multiple opinions as to what constitutes an essential business. For companies outside of Canada relying on the shipment of goods from suppliers in Canada, we recommend also confirming their status to ensure if they are open during the next few weeks. If you require any assistance on this matter, please let us know.

Canaan Transport designated an Essential Workplace

March 23, 2020 – The Ontario government has released its list of what businesses qualify as Essential. Canaan Transport qualifies under three separate categories: 1. Supply Chains 17. Transportation and 63. Businesses providing shipping and courier services. However, to ensure proper social distancing and to do our part in this crisis, we will continue to maintain our remote working policies that have been in place since last weekend. All of our team members continue to do their utmost for our customers. Please contact us if you require any assistance during these coming weeks of provincial shutdown.