I.E. Canada News

Canada Needs Simpler, More Consistent Customs Procedures

 Posted on March 1, 2016

Guest post by Stephen Tapp, Research Director at IRPP, summarizes Joy Nott’s recent commentary, published as part of IRPP’s forthcoming publication, Redesigning Canadian Trade Policies for New Global Realities.

redesigning_canadian_tradepolicyToday, the IRPP released a new commentary, written by Joy Nott (President of the Canadian Importers and Exporters Association — I.E.Canada), as part of our forthcoming research volume, Redesigning Canadian Trade Policies for New Global Realities.

Joy Nott argues that Canada should implement policies and procedures that make it easier for companies to do business in, and with, Canada. As Jacques Roy shows in his chapter on transportation, Canadian businesses generally are not as concerned with clearance times at border crossings, ports and airports as they are with what happens “behind the border.”

Canadian traders want policymakers to pay more attention to the potentially negative impact that import procedures can have after goods have cleared customs. Nott describes this as the “supply chain echo” — whereby imports can be affected by trade policies, procedures and penalties long after goods have cleared customs and crossed borders.

This matters because Canadian firms are increasingly importing in order to export. In Canada’s manufacturing sector, for instance, about one-third of firms are two-way traders — due to the fact that the technologically-advanced goods that we export often require imported inputs.

Much of the thinking in Canadian trade policy, Nott says, mistakenly presumes that the supply chain ends with customs clearance. In reality, the red tape that occurs after firms import is a tangled web of regulations that can feel overwhelming for many Canadian businesses that trade internationally.

Changes to Canada’s policy thinking could significantly improve the global competitiveness of Canadian firms. Policymakers need to be aware of the unintended supply chain echo, and to take steps to mitigate its negative effects on businesses. Nott recommends that Canada’s import and export portfolios be merged under one ministry. And in our approach to designing regulations and reducing red tape, we should not necessarily seek fewer rules, but work toward simpler ones with more consistent outcomes. With these changes, she says that Canadian trade policy would better support our international traders — both exporters and importers — for the highly competitive global business environment of the twenty-first century.

You can read the full commentary here.


Canadian Business is United: It’s Time for TPP

 Posted on October 1, 2015

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Ottawa, October 1, 2015 — The undersigned organizations, representing leading companies, farmers and hundreds of thousands of small businesses from sectors and regions across Canada, call on governments to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.

Canadian companies depend on trade to expand their markets, create jobs and bring consumers more choice and better prices, which is why Canada has always been at the forefront of global trade cooperation. The TPP is the most important agreement of its kind in over 20 years and would position Canadian companies to compete on a level playing field in the world’s fastest growing region for generations to come.

We strongly believe that a high standard and comprehensive TPP covering 800 million people and 40% of the world economy will open new opportunities for Canadians. It will also build on the hard-fought advantages Canada has secured in past trade agreements with the United States, Mexico and Europe.

Failure to reach a deal in Atlanta would be a major disappointment for Canada. Even more damaging, however, would be for Canada to walk away while others complete a deal without us. The time for an agreement is now.

This is a joint statement from the following associations:

Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
Canadian Council of Chief Executives
Canadian Services Coalition
Canadian Intellectual Property Council
I.E. Canada
Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
CAFTA (Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance):

Canola Council of Canada
Canadian Meat Council
Canadian Sugar Institute
Canadian Pork Council
Grain Growers of Canada
National Cattle Feeders’ Association
Canadian Canola Growers Association
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
Barley Council of Canada
Cereals Canada
Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association


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G. Will Dubreuil
Director, Public Affairs and Media Relations
Canadian Chamber of Commerce

I.E.Canada to Have Seat on Newly Formed CITT Advisory Committee

 Posted on August 15, 2015

There has been an exciting new development at the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT). The CITT has created an Advisory Committee to assist the CITT by seeking recommendations related to the Tribunal’s accessibility, transparency and fairness. Even more exciting is the fact that I.E.Canada, along with other associations, has been asked to sit on the committee. This allows industry, for the first time, to have a seat at the table. And it allows you, our members, to have a say on how international trade law, regulation and policy is interpreted in Canada.

The new CITT Advisory Committee will be replacing the Bench and Bar Committee. The new committee will be made up of a broad range of stakeholders including industry associations, legal associations and government departments. If necessary, the Advisory Committee will strike subcommittees to address specific issues as they arise.

The CITT says that it is specifically looking for “…recommendations about the degree to which its rules and procedures are practical and reflective of the commercial realities in which its stakeholders operate.” The committee will not be discussing specific cases, nor will its members advocate. Rather, the committee is a way for the CITT to better engage with trade and to ensure that CITT has a pipeline to the issues most relevant to trade.

I.E.Canada is very encouraged by this move and is optimistic that the Advisory Committee will serve as an important conduit through which both CITT and industry can communicate with each other. CITT has opened a direct communications channel with trade, and this is a tremendous opportunity for I.E.Canada. Expect us to be coming to you over the next few months for input on the issues and opportunities that we can bring to the attention of this new committee.


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Do You Import Through the Port of Vancouver? You Need to Watch This!

 Posted on October 26, 2016

PODCAST: Member Consultation: Port of Vancouver
New Container Examination Facility Consultation

Major Changes to 2017 Customs Tariff Schedule Published in Canada Gazette: Are Your Imports Impacted?

 Posted on October 11, 2016

On October 5, 2017, the Ministry of Finance released a very long and substantive order amending the 2017 Customs Tariff in Part 2 of the Canada Gazette (SOR/2016-253 September 23, 2016).

We strongly advise you to review this Order to verify whether your imports are impacted.

The Order involves no changes to tariff policy and the amendments are tariff rate neutral; however, the changes are many and could impact importers with customs rulings from CBSA. Importers who are impacted by these changes will also have to start the process of updating tariff databases and contacting the relevant customs brokers to ensure changes are made to your corporate tariff classification profiles. The changes come into effect on January 1, 2017.

The Order is broken down into 7 Parts:

Part 1:
Covers an amendment of the subchapter title XXI to Chapter 29 of Section VI of the Tariff.

Part 2:
Repeals hundreds tariff subheadings and tariff classification numbers impacting 21 Chapters and 52 different tariff headings from the Harmonized System.

Part 3:
Outlines 102 changes to the list of tariff provisions, including but not limited to changes:
– in Chapter notes;
– in subheading notes;
– to descriptions of goods in preambles to tariffs;
– to descriptions of goods in headings;
– and other aspects of the tariff.

Part 4:
Outlines three (3) amendments to the English version of the List of Tariff Provisions.

Part 5:
Outlines twenty-three (23) amendments to the French version of the List of Tariff Provisions.

Part 6:
Outlines seventy-seven (77) new additions to the List of Tariff Provisions which impacts 27 Chapters and 77 tariff headings.

Part 7:
Lists Intermediate and Final Rates for tariff items of the “F” Staging Category of both the Canada- Korea and Canada- Honduras Free Trade Agreements.



I.E.Canada’s 2017 Spring International Trade Summit – Ottawa April 19th and 20th

Wondering what’s new in the world of customs and trade? Need answers to nagging problems, but can’t get access to policy makers?

We’ve got you covered.

I.E.Canada’s 2017 Spring International Trade Summit in Ottawa on April 19th and 20th will be an interactive roundtable session with I.E.Canada members and government speakers from CBSA and other government departments. The Spring Summit will cover national policy issues affecting Canada’s importers and exporters, including the new Commercial Vision, set to be implemented over the next 5 to 10 years, which is the most dramatic change to take place at the Canadian border in history.
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I.E.Canada’s 2017 Fall International Trade Summit – Brampton October 18th and 19th

Is your business located in Ontario? Do you have trade related issues you want to discuss with policy makers?

We’ve got you covered.

I.E.Canada’s 2017 Fall International Trade Summit in Brampton on October 18th and 19th will be an interactive roundtable session where I.E.Canada members hear from and speak with government representatives from CBSA and other government departments. The Fall Summit will cover broad national trade issues, but with a focus on regional implementation. Topics will address everything from CBSA’s new Commercial Vision right down to regional port operational issues.

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Customized Training Sessions

I.E.Canada is committed to supporting its members through training and education. If you are interested in having a training session customized for your company, please contact us to discuss. There are a number of different topics that we are able to provide training for. This valued service is available to I.E.Canada Members only.

We are currently offering the following customized training sessions:

Incoterms – full day course

Exports from Canada 101– full day course

For more information on any one of these sessions, please contact Paulette Niedermier at pniedermier@iecanada.com



Canadian Imports and Exports – From Cradle to Grave Webinar Series

Join I.E. Canada and the experts from Bennet Jones LLP while we cover Canadian Imports and Exports from Cradle to Grave. This series will cover considerations for entering the Canadian market, tariff classification and country of origin. The series will round out with Post-Importation Compliance.

January 17 2017 1:00-2:30pm EST:
Register Session 1

January 26 2017 1:00-2:30pm EST: Register Session 2

February 2 2017 1:00-2:30pm EST: Register Session 3

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Amendments to Canadian Nutrition Labelling Regulations

The Amendments to Canadian Nutrition Labelling Regulations webinar will provide an overview of changes to the nutrition facts table, sugars information, serving sizes changes, new health claim and 5 year transition period as published in Canada Gazette Part II on December 14, 2016.

February 1 2017 1:00-2:30pm EST: Register

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Could President-elect Trump withdraw from NAFTA?

US President-elect Donald Trump is preparing to completely overhaul US trade policy.  During his campaign, he called the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) “the worst trade deal in history”.  He plans to study the process and consequences of a potential NAFTA withdrawal.

February 10, 2017 1:00-2:30pm EST: Register More Info

Non-Resident Importers – Tips and Traps

There may be many reasons to decide to import goods into Canada as a non-resident. One reason may be to eliminate the overhead of having a physical presence (e.g. a warehouse or office) or employees in Canada. Another reason is to minimize Canadian regulatory compliance obligations (e.g., making Income Tax Act, Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance employee source deductions or compliance with provincial worker’s compensation schemes).

February 16, 2017 1:00-2:30pm EST: Register More Info