Tag "Agricultural Imports"
A new report suggests it costs Canadian farmers and the agriculture industry $657 million a year to comply with food inspection rules.
The figure from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business is based on a survey of agri-businesses across the country. The CFIB also says only one-in-five agri-business owners believe the Canadian Food Inspection Agency provides ‘‘good overall service.”
The lobby group says since 2006, the annual average cost of complying with CFIA rules and paperwork has grown from $19,000 to $20,396 per business. Sixty percent of agri-business owners told the CFIB that the federal agency’s regulations add significant stress to their lives. Read more here.
In accordance with the Beyond the Border Action Plan, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will conduct an “onion pilot” aimed at removing certification requirements (grade verification) for US grown onions imported from the United States (US).
The onion pilot will include US grown onions imported from the US that are marketed fresh to consumers or are intended for further processing/repacking (in bulk).
The revised Canadian import requirements for onions will come into effect on January 20, 2014 and will remain in effect until April 30, 2014. During this time period, inspection/certification by USDA (USDA inspection certificate [FV-205]) or CFIA (custom clearance inspection) will not be required for US grown onions imported from the US. Onions will still be required to meet the minimum grade, labelling and packaging requirements according to the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations.
Onions grown in a country other than the US and imported from a US distributor (not in bond) to Canada will still require an FV-205 or a Conditional Release Form (followed by Custom Clearance Inspection) to be considered compliant with Canadian import requirements.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has today revised the schedule concerning its re-investigation of the normal values and export prices of certain greenhouse bell peppers originating in or exported from the Netherlands.
Please note that the re-investigation will now be concluded on December 18, 2013. The advancement of the conclusion date has affected other deadlines within the proceeding. The revised schedule can be found on the CBSA’s web site under the heading Certain Greenhouse Bell Peppers here.
(STR Trade Report)
The Mexican Senate approved last week a new 8% sales tax on junk food. The tax was then endorsed by the Chamber of Deputies, which had earlier voted in favor of a 5% tax. The tax increase is expected to be signed into law by President Enrique Pena Nieto within the next month or two.
The 8% tax will be imposed on imported and domestic foods with 275 or more calories per 100 grams. Affected products include snacks, confectionery products, chocolate and other goods derived from cocoa, flans and puddings, fruit and vegetable candies, potato chips, peanut butter, hazelnut butter, ice cream, popsicles and sweetened breakfast cereals. There will also be a one peso (about eight cents) per liter tax on soft drinks.
Dumping file #: 4214-28
Dumping case #: AD/1387
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that it has initiated a re-investigation of normal values and export prices respecting certain greenhouse bell peppers originating in or exported from the Netherlands. This re-investigation is part of the CBSA’s enforcement of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal finding issued on October 19, 2010.
(STR Trade Report)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has confirmed in HQ H226236, an internal advice decision issued July 29, that various cuts of frozen tuna fillets treated with a “tasteless smoke” process are classifiable as frozen tuna under HTSUS 0304.87.00 (duty-free). The decision marks a big win for fish importers and consumers given that CBP was considering a classification that would have resulted in a 12.5% duty on tuna and tariffs of 4-6% on other species of fish subject to similar treatments.
The skinless, boneless tuna at issue is cut into various sizes (described as loins, steaks, saku, strips and poke cubes) and individually vacuum packed in airtight containers without oil. Before the tuna is frozen it is treated with the tasteless smoke process (a mixture of purified carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen, oxygen and methane) to prevent the color from changing from red to brown, which is unappealing to consumers. Read more here.
The CFIA confirmed today that the deadline for validity of existing letters of exemption for meat imports under the Meat Inspection Act will be extended to September 1, 2013. The existing letters of exemption were to have expired June 30, 2013.
In an email from Dr. Martin Appelt National Veterinary Program Manager, National Meat Procedures CFIA, Dr. Appelt stated, “To prevent any undesirable consequences for importers that may not have access to the requirements for a declaration for products being imported under one of the exemptions from the Meat Inspection Act, the CFIA will extend the validity of existing letters of exemption until September 1.” “New products for which such a letter of exemption does not exist, will need to be accompanied by a declaration.”
The above extension was in response to the announcement by CFIA that the closing of the CFIA Label Registration Unit.
Health officials from Canada have certified eight Mexican beef plants to export to that country, the Mexican Agriculture and Ranching Secretariat said.
The slaughterhouses are in the states of Baja California, Michoacan, Nuevo Leon, Queretaro, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas and Veracruz, the secretariat said. Read more here.
Trade tribunal tosses case for lack of jurisdiction
Canada’s watchdog on cross-border trade says it can’t rule on a company importing pizza topping kits made with cheaper U.S. mozzarella, if the request for a ruling doesn’t come from another importer.
Canada’s 10 provincial dairy marketing boards, under the not-for-profit name BalanceCo, had sought a ruling from the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) during a appeal hearing last month in Ottawa, against imports of pre-packaged pizza toppings combining shredded mozzarella and sliced pepperoni from the U.S.
The packs were recently developed for import into Canada from the U.S. by J. Cheese Inc., an Ontario distributor, for a “particular customer” – namely the Toronto-based Pizza Pizza chain, which operates almost 700 Pizza Pizza and Pizza 73 outlets across Canada. Read more here.
(Jonathan Gold – LAT)
Are weeks gray without a sliver of Tuscan lardo? Do you crave coppa made from Cinta Senese pigs? Have you ever considered attaching a gold chain to a whole prosciutto in an attempt to persuade a customs inspector that it was a kicky Fendi bag?
You may be in luck. According to the Italian wire service ANSA, the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services announced Friday that the long-standing FDA ban on the import of Italian cured meats will be lifted starting May 28, and presumably the flood of salami, bresaola and pancetta will start washing into U.S. markets and restaurants not long thereafter. Read more here.
(Alex Ballingall – Toronto Star)
American researchers have uncovered “high levels” of lead in U.S. rice imports from countries which also ship rice to Canada.
The study, headed by associate professor Tsanangurayi Tongesayi of Monmouth University in New Jersey, concluded that American rice consumers are being exposed to potentially harmful levels of lead, a toxin linked to heart disease, cognitive impairment and calcium deficiency. Read more here.
Attached is a second information package directed at prospective Authorized Seed Crop Inspection Services (ASCIS) and Licensed Seed Crop Inspectors (LSCI) for the alternative service delivery (ASD) of seed crop inspection. Although information provided in this second package builds on information in the first package (November 15, 2012), key changes have been made to the ASD model and therefore some information in the first package is no longer relevant.
Applications for licensing as an ASCIS or LSCI are requested by April 22nd, 2013.
If there are any questions or comments, please email SeedSemence@inspection.gc.ca.
(Journal of Commerce)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will amend its regulations governing the importation of animals and animal products from the European Union, effective April 15.
After conducting a risk evaluation, the agency said it would recognize 25 EU member states as the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service-defined EU poultry trade region and add it to the list of regions considered free of Newcastle disease and highly pathogenic avian influenza. Read more here.
The new Notice to Importers (No. 823) setting out the policies and practices pertaining to supplemental imports of dairy products is now available on the web here.
The New Notice to Importers (No. 829) setting out the policies and practices pertaining to supplemental imports of eggs and egg products is now available on the web here.
Resumption of Duties Concerning the Dumping of Refined Sugar From the United States of America, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and the Subsidizing of Refined Sugar From the European Union
1. On November 1, 2010, in Expiry Review No. RR-2009-003R, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (Tribunal) continued its order in respect of the dumping of refined sugar, refined from sugar cane or sugar beets, in granulated, liquid and powered form (refined sugar), originating in or exported from the United States of America and rescinded its order in respect of the dumping of refined sugar originating in or exported from Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and the subsidizing of refined sugar originating in or exported from the European Union.
2. On June 18, 2012, further to a judgment of the Federal Court of Appeal which set aside the November 10, 2010 Tribunal order concerning European sugar, the Tribunal recommenced the expiry review of its order in respect of the dumping of refined sugar originating in or exported from Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and the subsidizing of refined sugar originating in or exported from the European Union.
3. On September 28, 2012, the Tribunal, having reconsidered the matter, continued its order in respect of the dumping of refined sugar originating in or exported from Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and the subsidizing of refined sugar originating in or exported from the European Union. As a result, the Canada Border Services Agency will now impose anti-dumping and/or countervailing duty on imports of European sugar retroactive to November 1, 2010.
Any questions concerning the above should be directed to:
Compliance Unit | Trade Programs Directorate
Canada Border Services Agency
150 Isabella Street, 11th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A OL8
Notice to Importers No. 834 – MILK PROTEIN SUBSTANCES WITH A MILK PROTEIN CONTENT OF 85% OR MORE BY WEIGHT, CALCULATED ON THE DRY MATTER, THAT DO NOT ORIGINATE IN A NAFTA COUNTRY, CHILE, COSTA RICA, OR ISRAEL (ITEM 125.2 ON THE IMPORT CONTROL LIST)
The Milk Protein Substances (MPS) Notice to Importers No. 834 is now available on the web here.
The deadline to submit your application for the period of April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 is March 7, 2013.
Please note that for ecological and economic reasons, we have decided not to send hard copies of the Notice to all companies on our mailing list. Rather, we recommend that companies access the Notice to Importers on our website. Should you desire a hard copy, our website includes PDF links that can be easily printed. If you would like to receive a hard copy by mail, please send us your contact information including your complete mailing address and contact name and we will be happy to send you a copy by post.
Trade Controls Policy Division
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2
Phone: (613) 944-1265
Toll Free: 1-877-808-8838
Fax: (613) 992-9397
(Journal of Commerce)
The U.S. Department of Commerce has begun investigating allegedly subsidized imports of shrimp from China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam, after determining that the Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries provided enough information to warrant investigations that may lead to the imposition of countervailing duties on nearly $4.3 billion of shrimp imports. Read more here.
The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is asking for help in identifying their produce carriers affected by eManifest.
The CPMA’s intent is to invite these carriers to participate in a conference call with the Canada Border Services Agency dealing specifically with produce concerns relating to eManifest.
In order to set an agenda for a call, expected after mid-January, the CPMA are interested in hearing produce carriers’ feedback on their eManifest implementation experiences.
Canadian Produce Marketing Association
162 Cleopatra Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Telephone: 613-226-4187 | Fax: 613-226-2984
(STR Trade Report)
The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced a new policy requiring official establishments and importers of record to maintain control of meat and poultry product tested for adulterants by FSIS and to not allow such products to enter commerce until negative test results are received. FSIS practice has been to allow products tested for adulterants to bear the mark of inspection and to enter commerce, even when test results have not been received. While FSIS has asked import inspection and other official establishments to maintain control of products tested for adulterants pending test results, they have not consistently done so, resulting in adulterated product entering commerce.
The new policy, which will become effective as of Feb. 8, 2013, will cover (1) non-intact raw beef product or intact raw beef product intended for non-intact use that is tested for Escherichia coli O157:H7, (b) any ready-to-eat product tested for Listeria monocytogenes, E. coli O157:H7 or Salmonella, (c) ready-to-eat product that passed over food contact surfaces that have been tested for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella, and (d) livestock carcasses subject to FSIS testing for veterinary drugs such as antibiotics, sulfonamides or avermectins or the feed additive carbadox. The policy will not cover raw meat or poultry products tested for Salmonella or other pathogens that FSIS has not designated as adulterants in those products.continue reading