Friday, 21 December 2018 12:46

CBSA In-transit Steel Goods Remission Order

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Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has announced in Customs Notice 18-24 that remission is granted for those goods described in the Schedule to the Order Imposing a Surtax on the Importation of Certain Steel Goods under the following conditions:

  • the goods described in the Schedule were imported into Canada on or after October 25, 2018 and are subject to the 25% provisional safeguard surtax;
  • the goods were in transit to Canada before October 25, 2018 (i.e. began their physical journey to Canada);
  • the importer makes a claim for remission by completing a B2 and sending it to a CBSA regional office within two years after the date of importation; and
  • the importer files, on request, the evidence or information that the CBSA requires to determine eligibility for remission.
Friday, 14 December 2018 13:41

New rail service and performance indicators

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Under the Transportation Modernization Act passed earlier this year, new data on rail performance is on available.  Canada's major freight rail companies, Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway, are required to submit specific data on their service and performance on a weekly basis. This information is available in four tables on the Statistics Canada website as well as a summary table on the Transportation Data and Information Hub of the Canadian Centre on Transportation Data.

Friday, 14 December 2018 13:40

Marine passenger liability limits increase

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The Government of Canada has introduced new regulations that require Canadian passenger vessel operators to carry a minimum of $250,000 in liability insurance for every passenger on board. This will ensure that all passengers and their families receive fair compensation in the event of injury or fatality in a marine accident, while protecting vessel operators against catastrophic losses and possible civil actions from passengers. Most vessel operators already carry this level of insurance; however, the new regulations make liability insurance mandatory under the Marine Liability Act for passenger vessels. The new regulations will come into force on January 11, 2019. Once the regulations are in place, vessel operators who do not have liability insurance could have their vessel detained and face fines of up to $100,000.

Friday, 07 December 2018 12:11

CN 18-22 Implementation of CPTPP

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Canada Border Services Agency has released Customs Notice 18-22 to implement the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in Canada, Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore on . Additionally, the Agreement will enter into force for Vietnam on . With the exception of a few agricultural goods, the CPTPP will essentially eliminate the customs duties on all qualifying imports into Canada from a country for which the CPTPP is in force ("CPTPP country"), either immediately upon implementation of the agreement, or through a tariff phase-out.

Friday, 07 December 2018 12:04

Roundtable on commodity supply chain

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The Chamber of Shipping joined a roundtable hosted by the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, to discuss the transportation of commodities by rail with producers, shippers, railways, ports and provinces. Key topics covered included system performance of the freight rail supply chain; assessing capacity across supply chains, which includes identifying areas of weakness, congestion and strength so that inefficiencies in the transportation system can be addressed, and supply chain partners can make more informed decisions; and, the importance of sharing information and collaboration, particularly in the context of forecasting and planning, and identifying potential solutions.

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Commodore Darren Garnier of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) officially assumed command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) yesterday during a change of command ceremony held at Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Headquarters in Manama, Bahrain. CTF 150 is a task force under CMF, which is the naval coalition of 33 nations that promotes security and stability in the international waters of the Middle East region. Canada has deployed 29 CAF military personnel and one Department of National Defence civilian employee to CMF Headquarters to lead CTF 150 until April 2019.  They will join the over 100 coalition members currently supporting CMF. The deployment is part of Operation ARTEMIS, the CAF’s ongoing contribution to counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in the Middle Eastern and East African waters. 

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BC Premier John Horgan, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman and Green Party leader Andrew Weaver unveiled “CleanBC,” the highly anticipated climate action strategy. The made-in-BC plan serves as an overarching blueprint that outlines how the government intends to meet its commitment to meet its climate action goals while also growing the economy and health of the province. More importantly, this satisfies conditions of the Confidence and Supply Agreement (CASA) between the NDP and Greens to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 percent of 2007 levels by 2030 as legislated in the Climate Change Accountability Act.   

Key elements of CleanBC to reduce industrial emissions by 8.4 Mt by 2030:  

  • Reduce methane emissions from upstream oil and gas operations by 45 percent;  
  • Direct a portion of BC’s carbon tax paid by industry into incentives for cleaner operations;  
  • Increase access to clean electricity for large operations with new transmission lines and interconnectivity to existing lines;  
  • Develop a regulatory framework for safe and effective underground CO₂ storage and direct air capture;  
  • Partner with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority on a Clean Trucking pilot project to reduce emissions from the short-distance hauling of goods

Friday, 30 November 2018 15:51

Senate Committee report on Coast Guard

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The Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans released its report on the Canadian Coast Guard titled, When Every Minute Counts: Maritime Search and Rescue.  Canada’s maritime search and rescue workers save an average of 15 lives every day and are responsible for monitoring millions of square kilometres of some of the harshest marine conditions in the world. Yet the Canadian Coast Guard — which leads maritime search and rescue operations — is hampered by its position within Fisheries and Oceans Canada, which leaves it at the mercy of the department for funding and prevents it from receiving long-term sustainable capital funding. Senators recommend that the coast guard be made a separate statutory agency, reporting to the Minister of Transport. 

Friday, 30 November 2018 15:48

Funding for Ogden Point extension

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Marco Mendicino, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Sonterra Ross, Chief Operating Officer of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority announced this week more than $6.8 million in joint funding for a dolphin extension project in Victoria. The project involves extending the dolphin structure at Ogden Point port in Victoria by more than 55 metres and adding two breasting dolphins on each side of the main pier structure to accommodate larger vessels. The new structure will be able to dock quantum-sized cruise ships that are increasingly being used by cruise lines, allowing this popular hub on Vancouver Island to accommodate more passengers while supporting tourism and economic growth for the region as a whole. 

Friday, 30 November 2018 15:42

Canada commits to blue economy

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Nairobi hosted the first ever global conference on the sustainable blue economy co-hosted by Canada, Kenya and Japan. Canada led by example and committed to taking action to strengthen science and research to advance the sustainable blue economy; promote collaboration for sustainable partnerships and projects; and promoting actions that put people and resources at the centre of sustainable development. Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced immediate Canadian action in support of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which included up to $9.5 million to advance activities of the Decade of Ocean Science and up to $1 million to the World Economic Forum’s Friends of Ocean Action and for the Government of Canada’s support to the United Nations Special Envoy for the Ocean.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:07

Coast Guard's 2018 Arctic season ending

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With the recent departure of the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent from Arctic waters, the Canadian Coast Guard’s 2018 Arctic operational season is nearing an end. Seven icebreakers were deployed to the Arctic, providing safe escorts of ships through ice-covered waters, responding to incidents including search and rescue and environmental response, supporting safe navigation, Fisheries and Oceans science missions, and training operations with partners. As of November 5, the Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) centre in Iqaluit provided support for 166 vessels in the Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Services Zone (NORDREG). These vessels include Canadian Coast Guard ships, cargo ships, tankers, cruise ships, research vessels, bulk carriers, tugs, fishing vessels, pleasure crafts and adventurers. Extreme and challenging ice conditions this season resulted in difficult transit of some vessels in the Northwest Passage. In addition to ice-breaking services, Coast Guard successfully responded to 20 search and rescue and 14 environmental response incidents. The Coast Guard’s Arctic season will resume again in May 2019.




Friday, 16 November 2018 13:45

Canada's trade mission to China a success

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With the Government of Canada’s focus now turned to trade diversification, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, led a successful 10-day trade mission with close to 100 participants, representing 65 agricultural organizations/companies from across Canada from the seafood, livestock, pork, beef, grains, oilseeds, pulses, processed food, beverages and horticulture sectors, concluded with some significant agreements. Canada and China signed 18 agriculture and agri-food agreements worth over $353 million which contributed to a further $1.67 billion in deals struck by all Canadian companies over the 10-day trade mission.

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