A reminder that this year's regulated period for Asian Gypsy Moth on the west coast of Canada will commence on March 1st and end on September 15, 2014 as per the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's D-95-03 Plant Protection Policy for marine vessels arriving from areas regulated for Asian Gypsy Moth.   Vessels are reminded of the requirement to report 96 hours in advance reporting requirements and below is a new notice from CFIA regarding launch requirements during grain and AGM inspections. See the following links below:

pdf CFIA Reminder of Launch Requirements (29 KB) pdf
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pdf 2014 Canada-US Asian Gypsy Moth Notice (58 KB)

pdf CFIA 2014 AGM Season Commencement Notice (54 KB)

CFIA D-95-03 AGM Policy for Marine Vessels (15th Revision)


The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, has announced new funding to increase the number of flights to monitor and detect pollution from ships in Canada’s waters.

The National Aerial Surveillance Program (NASP) is one of the main pillars of the Government of Canada’s Pollution Prevention Program and is the government’s primary tool for detecting ship-source pollution.

The Government of Canada is now approximately doubling funding for the program, to $47.6M over the next five years. This funding allows for significantly more flight hours to detect pollution.

On February 15, 2014, proposed eManifest regulatory amendments were published in Part I of the Canada Gazette.  These proposed amendments will support:  

  • the mandatory transmission of cargo and conveyance data in the highway and rail modes,
  • the transmission of conveyance arrival messages in the air, marine and rail modes,
  • the transmission of electronic warehouse arrival messages, and
  • the ability to apply all newly developed, applicable Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) penalties.

This pre-publication provides a 30-day period for internal and external stakeholders to comment or pose questions on the proposed regulatory amendments.

When fully implemented, eManifest will require carriers, freight forwarders and importers in all modes of transportation (air, marine, highway and rail) to electronically transmit advance commercial information to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) within prescribed mode-specific time frames.

Minister Lisa Raitt has appointed BC Coast Pilot's Capt. Michael Roman to the board of directors of the Pacific Pilotage Authority for a term of three years.  See news release.

Friday, 07 February 2014 11:23

CBSA updates Memorandum D3-5-2

Canada Border Services Agency has released an updated Memorandum D3-5-2 on Marine Cargo – Import Movements.  We will be reviewing the document and clarifying changes in the definitions with CBSA as they pertain particularly to the new bond requirements for in-transit cargo changes and the reporting of Conveyance Arrival Certification Messages.

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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers seized 244 kg of suspected cocaine at the Port of Montréal. The narcotics were found on January 30, hidden in a container on a ship coming from Paraguay. Acting on information received by international authorities, the CBSA conducted exhaustive research that led to the container’s identification.  The declared goods were scrap metal. However, an X-ray inspection using mobile HCV-M detection technology showed the presence of a dense mass at the back of the container. When the contents were searched, border services officers discovered 16 metal boxes holding 244 kg of suspected cocaine.

British Columbia has filed an application to be an intervenor in the National Energy Board’s review of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion project.  The Government reiterated its five key requirements that must be met before the Province will consider support of any heavy oil pipeline are:

  • Successful completion of the environmental review process.
  • World-leading marine oil spill response, prevention and recovery systems for B.C.'s coastline and ocean to manage and mitigate the risks and costs of heavy-oil pipelines and shipments.
  • World-leading practices for land oil spill prevention, response and recovery systems to manage and mitigate the risks and costs of heavy-oil pipelines.
  • Legal requirements regarding Aboriginal and treaty rights are addressed, and First Nations are provided with the opportunities, information and resources necessary to participate in and benefit from a heavy-oil project.
  • British Columbia receives a fair share of the fiscal and economic benefits of a proposed heavy-oil project that reflects the level, degree and nature of the risk borne by the Province, the environment and taxpayers.

The Government of Canada has released its first Scorecard Report outlining the substantial progress made in cutting red tape for Canadian business, under the Red Tape Reduction Action Plan.

Friday, 31 January 2014 00:00

CBSA commercial news for stakeholders

CBSA has released its latest commercial newsletter. This edition provides updates on the review of marine examinations, carrier code and the Integrated Cargo Security Strategy pilot.

Canada Border Services Agency has issued Customs Notice 14-002 to advise that the requirement for the electronic notification of cargo arrival at sufferance warehouses under an amendment to the Customs Sufferance Warehouses Regulations will not be mandatory in fall 2013 as previously communicated in Customs Notice 13-018. Updates regarding the status of the regulatory process will be made public through the CBSA Web site when available.

Friday, 31 January 2014 00:00

CBSA updates Memorandum D19-211

Changes to Canada Border Services Agency’s D-Memo 19-2-1 have been made to accurately reflect Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) role in assisting the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to administer the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and Regulations.  This memorandum replaces the previous Memorandum D19-2-1, Atomic Energy Control Act and Regulations, dated April 6, 1994.

Amendments to the Pacific Pilotage Tariff Regulations have now been published in Canada Gazette Part 1 – January 25, 2014.  The amendments address adjustments for 2014, 2015 and 2016 and include the following:

  • Increase by 2.25% its general tariff for pilotage units and hours on April 1, 2014; by 2.5% on January 1, 2015; and by 2.75% on January 1, 2016;
  • Increase by 2.5% its general tariff for pilot boat and helicopter charges on April 1, 2014; by 2.75% on January 1, 2015; and by 3.0% on January 1, 2016;
  • Change the fuel adjustment date to the 20th of the preceding month;
  • Modify the wording of delay charge in the tariff to account for current practice;
  • Modify the wording of the hampered ship definition in the tariff to account for current practice; and
  • Modify Schedule 7 to include Prince Rupert Anchorages 8, 9 and 10 to 31.
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