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Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has entered into an arrangement with a new offload service provider to be available at a number of the high-volume designated commercial offices serving the land border.  At the request of the carrier, Employment Professionals Canada, can provide offloading services at designated commercial offices.  

New rates are effective February 01, 2015 and the address of offload service provider: 

Employment Professionals Canada
1220 Garrison Road
Fort Erie, ON L2A 1P1
1-800-842-0421

If you will be reporting your commercial shipment at a location other than those listed above, it is advisable to have the contact information of a local offload service provider in the event that your shipment is identified for examination.  For more information on new rates, etc. visit: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/import/pol-eng.html#rt1.

Friday, 30 January 2015 10:25

USCG updates NOA/Ds and AIS requirements

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The US Coast Guard has published new rules on Vessel Requirements for Notices of Arrival and Departure and Automatic Identification Systems. This final rule amends the applicability of notice of arrival requirements to include additional vessels, sets forth a mandatory method for electronic submission of NOAs and modifies related reporting content, timeframes and procedures.  Additionally, the final rule extends applicability of AIS requirements beyond Vessel Traffic Service areas to all US navigable waters and requires that additional commercial vessels install and use AIS. The final rule takes effect March 2, 2015.  Exceptions to this are amendments to 33 CFR part 160, which become effective April 30, 2015, and other sections which contain collection-of-information requirements that have not yet been approved by the Office of Management and Budget.  USCG will publish a document in the Federal Register announcing the effective date of these four collection-of-information-related sections.  To read the final rule, go to http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-30/pdf/2015-01331.pdf.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 09:50

Port of Montreal receives $43M for key upgrades

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The Port of Montreal will receive up to $43M through the federal government's New Building Canada Fund to increase the Port's handling capacity by allowing for larger vessels and improved traffic flow for the estimated 2,500 trucks that pass through the port daily.  The project is to ensure that the Port is ready for the expected increase in cargo volumes with the new Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union.   The Port will be responsible for the remaining two-thirds of the cost of the $132M project.

Monday, 12 January 2015 10:14

Ship Safety Bulletin - Vessel Fumigation

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Transport Canada has released a new Ship Safety Bulletin 01/2015 advising of changes to the acceptable level of a fumigant on board domestic and international vessels operating in Canada.  Transport Canada will apply Health Canada's acceptable maximum concentration of phosphine which is reduced from a Threshold Limit Value (TLV) of 0.3 to 0.1 ppm.  These measures are intended to protect crew members and others that may be on board during or after fumigation.

Vessels that undergo fumigation will be requested to adhere to Health Canada's standards and demontrate compliance with the new TLV under the Cargo, Fumigation and Tackle Regulations (CFTR) as noted in the Bulletin.  Amendments to the CTFR to reflect Health Canada's TLV will fall under Transport Canada's regulatory reform process.

View Transport Canada's Ship Safety Bulletin - 01/2015 - On Board Fumigation

Friday, 09 January 2015 12:21

CBSA full system outage

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Please be advised that the CBSA will experience a brief (maximum 15 minute) outage on Sunday January 11th, 2015 at 05:15 (ET).

This will be a full system outage during this period to perform system maintenance and will affect all clients and service providers who submit trade data using EDI and/or the eManifest portal. System outage contingency plans will apply.  If you encounter problems after 05:30am on Sunday January 11th, 2015, please call the hotline at 1-888-957-7224.

Monday, 05 January 2015 12:18

WCMRC retracts fee amendment for 2015

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Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC), the certified response organization as defined under the Canada Shipping Act has published an amendment to the initial fee proposal published in the Canada Gazette, Part I - November 29th.  The notice published on December 27, 2014 maintains the current annual membership fee for ships and oil handling facilities at $620 per arrangement for 2015 until further notice.

Thursday, 01 January 2015 20:49

New Trucking Regulations implemented

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Regulations amending the Port Operations Regulations under the Canada Marine Act have been published in Part II of the Canada Gazette - December 31, 2014 bringing in effect Port Metro Vancouver's ability to enforce requirements for truck licences on port property in conjuction with the British Columbia Trucking Act (Bill C-5) brought into force on December 22, 2014.

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The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Gerry Ritz, introduced Bill C-48, an Act to amend the Canada Grain Act, this week to enhance producer protection through a new Producer Compensation Fund and improve grain quality assurance.  Included in the Bill is the introduction of a new class of license for container loading facilities.

Thursday, 04 December 2014 11:38

Deadline for input on transportation priorities

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The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has sent out a reminder that the deadline for input to their 10-year transportation plan is Friday, December 12, 2014.  Input received from this effort will help the Province shape its new "BC on the Move" plan on trade corridors and transit and identify short, medium and longer-term priorities.  For more information visit: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/transportationplan/

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Western Canada Marine Response Corporation has published in the Canada Gazette Vol. 148 - November 29, 2014 amendments to their annual ship membership fees and their Bulk Oil Cargo Fee (BOCF).  The annual membership fee for vessels requiring an arrangement with WCMRC as per the Canada Shipping Act 2001 subsections 167(1) and 168(1) will increase from $620 to $775 from January 1, 2015.  The BOCF in respect of oil is amended to $1.514 per tonne and for asphalt $0.757 per tonne.

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The US Department of Agriculture has advised that they are delaying the issuance of penalties to vessels that arrive without the appropriate Asian Gypsy Moth certificates.  As noted in the attached circular USDA and CBP are researching "various enforcement actions to determine the best legal and logistical enforcement option for industry compliance."  The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) appears to have no immediate plans to curtail the current penalties ($10,000) for non-compliance.  View USDA Asian Gypsy Moth - Non-compliance update.

Thursday, 27 November 2014 12:12

Latest Customs Notice on marine carrier codes

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Canada Border Services Agency has issued an update on carrier code eligibility in the marine mode in Customs Notice 14-029.  Effectively all marine carriers inbound with cargo for discharge or in-transit will be required to obtain a CBSA issued carrier code by spring 2015 as marine agent carrier codes will be discontinued at that time.  For more information visit CBSA's website for guidelines on the application process or view our FAQ document on our website.  

Also released earlier this week is the Final Evaluation Report of the Export Programs and various initiatives moving forward for export reporting.  

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