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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, has announced several appointments today. Of particular interest are the following:
Ms. Moira Jenskins, Ms. Donna Hais, and Capt. Chris Badger have been appointed to the board of directors of the Nanaimo Port Authority.
BC Coast Pilot, Capt. Allan J. Ranger, has been appointed to the Pacific Pilotage Authority for a three year term.
Transport Canada has issued a call for nominations for the Pacific Regional Advisory Council (PRAC) on oil spill preparedness and response. Existing membership on PRAC will expire at the end of December 2014. Transport Canada is seeking expressions of interest to fill these positions and to establish an eligibility list for future vacancies. View TC's PRAC Call for New Members.
Amendments to the Canada Labour Code, Part II (Code), came into force on October 31, 2014 and are intended to reinforce and strengthen the internal responsibility system, provide a clearer definition of danger, and restructure the refusal to work process to ensure that workplace parties collaboratively assess and address hazardous situations more effectively.
Published in the Canada Gazette Part II - November 5, 2014 are minor amendments to the Pacific Pilotage Authority Regulations. The regulations corrects and updates references to coastal pilotage area 5 and "licensed pilots" with respect to the report of marine ocurrences. In addition to these, the amendments will allow for the transition of paper based source cards to electronic source cards and enable PPA to issue invoices within 48 hrs.
On Friday, October 17th, 2014, Transport Canada issued a marine security notification (#2014-001) requesting that stakeholders exercise increased vigilance and improve their state of readiness based upon the current global situation and terrorist activities. Transport Canada continues to closely monitor threats to the transportation system in Canada. Currently, Transport Canada is not aware of a specific threat to the marine mode.
Stakeholders are requested to remain vigilant and be familiar with and observe mandatory reporting requirements for all threats, breaches and incidents. Stakeholders are also strongly encouraged to continue to report suspicious activities. The reporting of threats, breaches, incidents and suspicious activities allows the department to analyse the information and take appropriate measures to protect Canada’s marine transportation system against threats.
Transport Canada would like to thank all stakeholders for their ongoing commitment to maintaining the safety and security of Canada’s marine transportation system.
Report all threats, breaches, incidents and suspicious activities directly to the Transport Canada Situation Centre at:
1-888-857-4003 or 1-613-995-9737
All threats and incidents must also be reported to:
Appropriate law enforcement organizations and port administrations.