New export regulations to China for frozen food from Canada

January 3, 2021 – In November 2020, China advised Canada to implement new export certification requirements by January 1, 2021, for the export of fresh and frozen fish and seafood products. Canada has proposed a revised certificate but negotiations on the certificate are not finalized. China has informed Canada that the existing export certificate will continue to be accepted for imports into China until negotiations are finalized.

Brexit deal is reached, averting chaos on January 1, 2021

December 28, 2020 – Ambassadors from the 27 EU member states have unanimously approved the EU-UK post-Brexit trade deal, paving the way for it to take effect. The deal is likely to become law on January 1, as the UK Parliament is expected to approve it on Wednesday.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

December 25, 2020 – As the year draws to a close, we wanted to wish our customers and friends a Merry Christmas and a safe holidays.

New CUKTCA will provide the United Kingdom with parallel EU free trade benefits

December 22, 2020 – With Brexit looming, Canada and the United Kingdom have signed a separate trade agreement. The United Kingdom Trade Continuity Remission Order provides the tariff benefits of the Canada-United Kingdom Trade Continuity Agreement (CUKTCA) as if it were in force as of January 1, 2021. It does so by remitting the difference between the Most-Favoured-Nation Tariff rate of customs duty and the rate of customs duty that would apply under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This replicates the tariff benefits that would have applied to eligible imports from the United Kingdom (UK) and certain associated territories under the CUKTCA as the tariffs and rules of origin are equivalent under the two agreements. The CETA is referenced because those preferential tariffs and rules of origin already exist in domestic law. This remission applies to goods imported on or after January 1, 2021, until the day on which the CUKTCA enters into force.

Air Canada Cargo experiencing delays

December 20, 2020 – Air Canada Cargo is expecting some delays in processing freight at its YYZ hub until Wednesday, Dec. 23. Customers are encouraged to use the online Track and Trace function to ensure shipments are ready before dispatching trucks to retrieve them.

CBSA updates guidance on importation of Covid-19 vaccines

December 14, 2020 – The purpose of this Customs Notice is to provide importers and carriers with guidance on importing COVID-19 drugs, including vaccines, covered under Health Canada’s Interim Order Respecting the Importation, Sale and Advertising of Drugs for Use in Relation to COVID-19. Find information in Customs Notice 20-36.

Update for our customers with containers on the ONE APUS

December 13, 2020 – For our customers that have containers on board the ONE APUS, please see this notification from the vessel owner:

MV ONE APUS 006E/W Further to our Customer Advisory dated December 8, 2020, we would like to inform you that operations for the safe removal of the remaining containers on deck have started after permission to proceed was granted by the Japanese Coast Guard.

The ship remains safely berthed in the Port of Kobe after losing estimated 1,816 containers overboard when it encountered severe weather on Monday, November 30, 2020. The careful removal of the dislodged units under a schedule formulated by stowage planners is expected to take over a month with safety the number one priority. Once unloaded, each will be assessed, and when the discharge of cargo is complete, there will be a full assessment of damage to the vessel and subsequent repairs.

A thorough investigation is being conducted into this incident in conjunction with the Flag State and the relevant maritime authorities. As the discharge operation and investigation are expected to take some time, further updates will only be provided on an as-needed basis. We regret the inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding in this regard.

1900 containers lost overboard on the MV ONE APUS

December 5, 2020 – Due to severe weather while transiting from Yantian to North America, the 14,000 TEU container ship MV One Apus lost about 1900 containers into the sea last week. Canaan Transport is contacting customers that have affected cargo on this vessel. This is another stark reminder of the need for cargo insurance as containers without insurance will likely only have $500-900 / container of coverage under COSGA or Hague Visby Rules. Please contact us if you have any questions about this incident and/or insurance for your cargo.

Availability of 20′ containers as a substitute

December 4, 2020 – With the worsening shortage of containers, we are advising customers to consider using 20’ containers as this situation is anticipated to last until Chinese New Year in Feb. 2021.

Organic certificates now required on importation

December 2, 2020 – In the week of December 14, the organic import and admissibility requirements for processed products of chapter 20 will be incorporated into AIRS, in accordance with clause 357(3) of Part 13 of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. If Canaan Transport is your broker, we must confirm the possession of the certificate at the time of import in the Integrated Import Declaration (IID). Starting in 2022, importers of organic commodities for which the import requirements are included in AIRS will be required to submit a digital copy of the organic product certificate when declaring organic products online using the Integrated Import Declaration system. If you have questions, contact the Canada Organic Regime team, at