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Statement from John Ossowski, President of the Canada Border Services Agency
March 27, 2020
March 26, 2020 – Ottawa (Ontario) – Canada Border Services Agency Today, John Ossowski, President of the Canada Border Services Agency, ......

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Mexican Tomato Inspection Begins April 6th
March 27, 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a notice advising the trade that inspection requirements for Mexican tomatoes will begin on ......

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FDA’s Import Operations Remain Operational
March 27, 2020
CSMS #42118616 was issued this week advising the trade that FDA’s Import Operations remain operational, inclusive of FDA Prior Notice ......

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NCBFAA Publishes Q & A with APHIS Regarding COVID-19 Crisis
March 27, 2020
This week, the National Customs Broker and Freight Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) published a question and answer article with ......

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Storage Policies and Fees (CN and CP)
March 26, 2020
CN have advised that they will not be amending their current policies or pricing regarding storage time as they do ......

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Certain Carbon Steel Fasteners Notice of Expiry Review Determinations
March 26, 2020
Certain Carbon Steel Fasteners Notice of Expiry Review Determinations The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) initiated an expiry review investigation (investigation) ......

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WCO COVID-19 Notice: counterfeit medical supplies and introduction of export controls on personal protective equipment
March 25, 2020
The WCO reminds the general public to exercise extreme caution when purchasing critical medical supplies from unknown sources, particularly online.  ......

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Statement on joint international effort to ensure supply chain connectivity amid COVID-19 pandemic
March 25, 2020
March 25, 2020 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and ......

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Certain Corrosion-Resistant Steel Sheet Notice of Preliminary Determinations
March 25, 2020
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) made preliminary determinations of dumping and subsidizing with respect to certain corrosion resistant steel ......

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Air Canada Cargo (General Cargo storage times)
March 24, 2020
The following is provided by Air Canada Cargo Due to the current situation, we understand that lots of companies in Canada ......

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COVID-19 Daily Commercial Update to Industry Stakeholders March 23, 2020
March 24, 2020
Canada and the U.S. recognize the critical necessity to preserve the supply chains between both countries. Supply chains will not be ......

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CFIA is prioritizing critical activities during COVID-19 pandemic
March 24, 2020
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is taking action to preserve the integrity of Canada's food safety system, while safeguarding ......

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Expedited access to disinfectants, hand sanitizers and personal protective equipment to help limit the spread of COVID-19, as well as swabs for testing
March 23, 2020
Summary Products: Hand sanitizers, disinfectants, personal protective equipment (such as masks and gowns) and swabs. Issue: Health Canada is expediting access to ......

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U.S.-Canada Joint Initiative: Temporary Restriction of Travelers Crossing the U.S.-Canada Border for Non-Essential Purposes
March 20, 2020
March 20, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Prime Minister’s Office U.S.-Canada Joint Initiative: Temporary Restriction of Travelers Crossing the U.S.-Canada Border ......

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March 19, 2020 COVID-19 CBSA Commercial & Trade Update
March 20, 2020
COVID-19 Daily Commercial Update to Industry – Stakeholders Borders remain open for commercial operations and the CBSA is actively working to ......

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Mexican Tomato Inspection Begins April 6th
March 19, 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a notice advising the trade that inspection requirements for Mexican tomatoes will begin on ......

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FDA Temporarily Lessens On-site Audit Requirements
March 19, 2020
Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), U.S. importers are required to conduct ......

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Section 232 and 301 Tariff Not Expected to be Lifted
March 19, 2020
This week, President Trump was asked if he would be interested in lifting, even temporarily, the Section 232 and/or the ......

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Changes in Requesting an Extension to the 90-day Period to Submit Corrections Customs Notice 20-09
March 19, 2020
CN 20-09, Changes in Requesting an Extension to the 90-day Period to Submit Corrections Customs Notice 20-09 1. The purpose of ......

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March 18, 2020 COVID-19 CBSA Commercial & Trade Update
March 19, 2020
COVID-19 Daily Commercial Update to Industry – Stakeholders Canada Border Services Agency key message is “Borders remain open and commercial operations ......

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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Information for industry – CFIA
March 18, 2020
Notice to industry regulated by the CFIA In recent days, the CFIA has received many requests from industry to have its ......

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March 17, 2020 COVID-19 CBSA Commercial & Trade Update
March 18, 2020
COVID-19 Daily Commercial Update to Industry – Stakeholders Canada Border Services Agency key message is “Borders remain open and commercial operations ......

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CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM)
March 17, 2020
What is CARM? CARM is a large multi-year project that began in 2016 with the implementation of the Accounts Receivable Ledger ......

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COVID-19 Announcement from the Canadian International Trade Tribunal
March 17, 2020
Following is an announcement from the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) regarding COVID-19: English Français   ...

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Canada Ratifies CUSMA Trade Deal with U.S. and Mexico
March 17, 2020
On March 13, 2020, Bill C-4 (Canada US Mexico Agreement) passed through both the House of Commons and the Senate.  ......

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SIMA Registry temporary delivery changes (CBSA)
March 17, 2020
In response to the current pandemic situation, while ensuring the ongoing delivery of our services, we would like to advise ......

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March 16, 2020 – COVID-19 CBSA Commercial & Trade Update (CBSA)
March 17, 2020
COVID-19 Daily Commercial Update to Industry - Stakeholders Canada Border Services Agency key message is "Borders remain open and commercial operations are ......

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Single Window Initiative (SWI), Integrated Import Declaration (IID) and Health Canada – What’s My Part?
March 16, 2020
Effective April 1, 2020 all Pre-Arrival Release (PARS) requests with regulated goods for Participating Government Agencies (PGAs) must be submitted ......

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Excise Duty Rates Increase as of April 1, 2020
March 13, 2020
As of April 1, 2020 the excise duty rates will increase on spirits, wine, beer, tobacco products and cannabis products based ......

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EICS Bulletin – Import Monitoring Program
March 13, 2020
The Trade and Export Controls Bureau of Global Affairs Canada is responsible for administering the Steel and Aluminum Import Monitoring ......

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ISF & Ocean Shipments: What you need to know
March 12, 2020
Regardless if the final destination is the United States or Canada, if your ocean shipment is docking in the United ......

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Right to Make Entry: CBP Trade Priority
March 12, 2020
U.S. Customs has made the topic of “right to make entry” a trade priority in recent years.  The right to ......

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NCBFAA Recommends ‘Soft Enforcement Period’ for APHIS CORE
March 12, 2020
The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) issued comments to The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service ......

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EICS Bulletin: Wheat Tariff Rate Quota (FILLED)
March 12, 2020
Message to Industry: Wheat Tariff Rate Quota  This message pertains to imports of wheat classified under Customs Tariff headings: 1001.11, 1001.19, ......

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Non-Resident Importer Recordkeeping Requirements (CANADA)
March 12, 2020
Importers including non-resident importers are obligated to maintain records pertaining to goods imported into Canada. Regulations specify that every person who is ......

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Canadian Export Reporting System (CERS)
March 5, 2020
Canadian Export Reporting System (CERS) The Canadian Export Reporting System (CERS) is a free, web-based, self-service portal for submitting electronic export ......

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Review of the Administration of the CETA Origin Quota for Vehicles
March 5, 2020
Global Affairs Canada (GAC) would like to inform you of the launch of consultations to review the allocation policy for ......

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Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties
March 5, 2020
Concrete Reinforcing Bar 2 - Notice of Initiation of Normal Value Review The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has today initiated a ......

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CVD Determination: Certain Glass Containers
March 5, 2020
The U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determined that countervailable subsidies were provided to producers and exporters of certain glass ......

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Lacey Act De Minimis Exception Approved
March 5, 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is establishing an exception to the Lacey Act ......

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USDA Formally Announces the Implementation for APHIS CORE
March 5, 2020
Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection released CSMS #41839060 notifying the trade community that The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ......

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COVID-19 is a global challenge. Keeping our supply chains moving is important for maintaining the health and wellbeing of citizens and businesses. While the Canada - U.S. border is now closed to non-essential traffic, it is still open for trade and commerce. We are committed to doing our part for global supply chains.

We are protecting the health and safety of our employees. They are working from home, except for critical functions that require certain equipment or managing paper/courier flow. In those cases we are following social distancing guidelines.

We are open and available to assist you, and key players in your supply chains. Our dedicated staff are available 24/7 and our brokerage and logistics experts are available to help you make adjustments to your supply chain, if necessary.

We encourage you to check out the government programs available to families, businesses, exporters and importers. And, while respecting the need for social distancing we encourage everyone, including our staff, to reach out and remain connected to family, friends, colleagues and customers.

Stay safe.

Peter Willson
Chairman & CEO
Willson International

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