Trade News / U.S. regulatory updates

Posted: Mar 9, 2017

Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources recently announced the creation of the Federal–Provincial Task Force on Softwood Lumber, which will share information and analysis to understand potential impacts and assess how to address the needs of affected workers and communities. The new Federal–Provincial Task Force on Softwood Lumber will assess current federal and provincial programming and… Read more »

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Posted: Apr 26, 2017

US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has posted an updated document providing side-by-side comparisons of current U.S. free trade agreements (FTA) and preferential trade programs. This version, dated March 29th, includes a new section for each agreement on whether or not “Tariff Shift Rules (have been) Updated to 2017 HTSUS“. CBP also updated the expiration… Read more »

Posted: Apr 25, 2017

U.S. trade secretary Wilbur Ross confirmed an average 20 percent tariff would be imposed on Canadian softwood lumber which will impact $5 billion worth of softwood lumber imports from Canada. This represents 31.5 per cent of the total U.S. market. Following Department of Commerce’s investigation, it has been preliminarily affirmed that imports of softwood lumber… Read more »

Posted: Apr 20, 2017

US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Port of Detroit, Michigan, has distributed the following: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would like to invite you to our annual Carrier Meeting to discuss issues and benefits for carriers in the truck environment. However, conversations and questions relating to the air, rail, and sea environments are welcome…. Read more »

Posted: Apr 17, 2017

US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Area Port of Blaine, Washington, has issued Information Notice 2017-6A, informing the trade community of anticipated truck processing delays due to intermittent construction at the Cargo Facility during the month of April. From April 19th through April 24th, there will be only one (1) primary lane available due to… Read more »

Posted: Mar 31, 2017

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced, effective March 18th, it has instituted additional pathogen testing of all shipments of raw beef and ready-to-eat products from Brazil, as well as 100 percent reinspection of those products at U.S. ports of entry.  Prompted by recent investigations of Brazil’s meat… Read more »

Posted: Mar 31, 2017

On July 28, 2015, US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) published Federal Register Notice (FRN) 80 FR 44986 announcing the renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), effective July 29, 2015 through December 31, 2017. Since December of 2010, the GSP program has expired twice, with congressional renewal taking months to obtain in both… Read more »

Posted: Mar 23, 2017

The Canadian government unveiled its 2017 Federal Budget. Here are the key points as they relate to trade. Deficit – 23 Billion in 2016-17 The budgetary balance is expected to show deficits of $23.0 billion in 2016–17 and $28.5 billion in 2017–18. Over the remainder of the forecast horizon, deficits are expected to decline gradually… Read more »

Posted: Mar 9, 2017

Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources recently announced the creation of the Federal–Provincial Task Force on Softwood Lumber, which will share information and analysis to understand potential impacts and assess how to address the needs of affected workers and communities. The new Federal–Provincial Task Force on Softwood Lumber will assess current federal and provincial programming and… Read more »

Posted: Mar 2, 2017

Since the new Agriculture Quarantine Inspection (AQI) treatment monitoring user fee went into effect in December 2015, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has received many questions about what the fee covers and how to pay it. APHIS recently updated its treatment monitoring user fee questions and answers…. Read more »

Posted: Mar 2, 2017

An issue that has been the subject of much conversation is the question of “bonding”. Those companies with Continuous Bonds will see their amounts increase, depending on the results of the investigations, with the Surety Companies letting us all know how much more will be required to maintain same. As for those companies who do… Read more »