COMPANY NEWS

Next phase of SFCR comes into force

July 13, 2020 – On July 15, new requirements relating to licensing, preventive controls and traceability under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) begin to apply to businesses in the manufactured food sector. As of this date, businesses are expected to meet requirements of the Food and Drugs Act and the Food and Drug Regulations, as well as other SFCR requirements that were applicable prior to July 15, 2020, including those related to food safety, exports, packaging and labelling. The CFIA encourages businesses in this sector to review and, where possible, take steps to meet new licensing, preventive control and traceability requirements of the SFCR. To support businesses in these efforts, the CFIA has made improvements to the Toolkit for food businesses and has launched a food business requirements virtual assistant to help them find key information and resources on the website. If you require more information, please let us know so that we can assist you.

Montreal Gateway Terminals extending free time as a result of strike

July 5, 2020 – In light of the 40-hour strike initiated by CUPE 375, as a gesture of support to its partners in the supply chain, MGT extended terminal storage from Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5 to all import containers.

Strike notice at Port of Montreal

June 30, 2020 – We have received notification that the Maritime Employer’s Association has received a strike notice starting on Thursday July 2 at 3 p.m. and ending on Saturday July 4 at 6:59 a.m. This labour action will affect 2 of the 19 terminals at the Port of Montreal and all work will be stopped during these two days. This action by the Longshoremen’s Union will last 40 hours. Consequently, the Port of Montreal and its partners expect to be able to resume activities as soon as Saturday, July 4 at 7 a.m.

CBSA has issued a new D-Memo about furniture for domestic purposes

June 29, 2020 – CBSA has now issued a new memo about how furniture should be classified. We advise our customers to review this document https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/dm-md/d10/d10-15-30-eng.html

Chinese shipments into India delayed due to dispute

June 27, 2020 – India’s border stand-off with China may disrupt the supply chains of Canadian and US companies based in the south Asian nation. The decision by customs officials to abruptly halt clearances of industrial consignments coming in from China at major Indian ports and airports has raised concerns among many importers. Lack of information about what consignments may be held up threatens business continuity and disrupts manufacturing operations. India has stepped up import curbs after nearly two months of simmering border tensions with China in the high Himalayas escalated sharply on June 15. India’s federal government has asked companies to list purchases from China and flag those critical to operations so it can identify non-essential imports that can be substituted with local products, local media reported.

Notice to importers on CUSMA enactment

June 25, 2020 – On July 1, 2020, CUSMA will officially enter into force. The customs team at Canaan Transport is already well versed in the changes but we would like to provide an overview prepared by the CBSA to our importer customers so that they are aware of the key changes. Please see the following link https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/services/cusma-aceum/overview-survol-eng.html

CUSMA in effect on July 1, 2020

June 22, 2020 – The CBSA advises of amendments to the January 15, 2020 version of the Departmental Consolidation of the Customs Tariff based on the Canada-United States-Mexico Free Trade Agreement (CUSMA) and the Canada-EFTA Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) which will take effect on July 1, 2020.

CBSA system appears to be fixed

June 21, 2020 – On May 30th, TITAN Marine, the targeting system for CBSA, experienced processing issues relating to the transmission of a large volume of supplementary reports by carrier(s). These volumes caused the overloading of risk assessment functionality, which caused significant delays for the National Targeting Centre to perform/provide a decision on inbound containers. The CBSA’s IT and National Targeting Centre have been working around the clock to address the TITAN outage. As of this weekend, it appears that this system issue has been fixed. An updated ACROSS Bulletin will be issued as soon as the CBSA is comfortable the system is running well.

China’s changing import restricitons

June 17, 2020 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has published the following notice: The Government of Canada is aware of industry concerns regarding import restrictions or testing of imported food products for COVID-19 by China, as a response to the new outbreak linked to a Beijing market. As of June 16, China has not officially notified Canada of additional import restrictions or the testing of imported food products for COVID-19. The Government of Canada remains in close contact with the Canadian Mission in Beijing and will continue to seek further clarifications from official sources. Although not official, we understand from various sources in China that border officials may be testing imported products from several countries for COVID-19. There are no clear details on the type of products that will be targeted or the delay that may be caused for clearing customs as a result of testing. However, there are indications that meat, poultry, aquatic products and fruit and vegetables may be subject to testing. Testing might have already begun in some ports, and the process, type of products and timeframes may vary from port to port. We encourage Canadian Industry and exporters to continue to work with Chinese importers as the situation develops. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reiterates that there is no scientific evidence that food is a likely source or route of transmission of the virus and there have been no confirmed cases of food or food packaging being associated with the transmission of COVID-19. The CFIA is also engaged with Canada’s international partners on the matter and is committed to continue to engage with Canadian industry as this issue evolves.

Increased use of containers by unsuitable goods leading to additional charges

June 15, 2020 – Recent years have seen an increase in importers/exporters using 20-ft and 40-ft dry freight containers to load cargoes previously not thought suited to a container. These include a variety of mineral ores, scrap, coal, fish meal and even heavy project modules. This trend is causing concern for many lessors, as these cargoes can cause damage to the container, especially if they are not packaged properly and/or loaded correctly, and result in expensive repair bills or even constructive loss of the box. This is the reason why many container carriers are now adding ancillary charges for certain commodities. If you have any questions about these issues, please contact us to discuss.