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Canada Customs & Other Regulatory Trade Updates: January 2018

Posted January 12, 2018

A summary of recent regulatory updates, notifications, and technical bulletins from the Canada Border Services Agency and other federal government departments, agencies and administrative entities concerning Canadian imports and exports.


Canada Border Services Agency

Customs Notice 18-02: Exports of Waste Materials, Recyclables and Scrap Materials to China
As a result of extensive changes to the Catalogue of Solid Wastes Forbidden to Import into China, if a shipment contains waste and recyclable materials subject to China’s import prohibition, the materials will be deemed hazardous under Canada’s Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations will be prevented from being imported into China from Canada without an export permit issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Customs Notice 18-01: Centrifugal Opening Knives
Notification that following a recent decision by the CITT concerning knives which open automatically by centrifugal force, the CSCB will immediately prohibit the importation of all such knives that open as per the CITT’s decision by an individual. Click here for an example of the centrifugal knives in question.

Memorandum D21-1-1: Customs Privileges for Diplomatic Missions, etc.
Technical amendments to reflect the department name change from “Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD)” to “Global Affairs Canada (GAC)” and to provide updated phone numbers.

DWP 2017 IN: Certain Dry Wheat Pasta
Statutory notice pursuant to SIMA of the initiation of investigations respecting the alleged injurious dumping and subsidizing of certain dry wheat pasta originating in or exported from Turkey following a complaint by the Canadian Pasta Manufacturers Association.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

MHD 2018-01/02: Meat Hygiene Directives
Amendments to Chapter 11 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures respecting Argentina and Chile.

Web Notice 20180105: Arundo Donax (Giant Reed)
Notification that as of February 1, 2018, Arundo donax (giant reed) will be regulated as a pest plant under the Plant Protection Act due to the significant risk it poses to Canada’s plant resource base. As such, the importation, use and movement of A. donax, including of its propagative parts, within Canada will be prohibited.

AMPS Quarterly Report July-September 2017
Summary of warnings and notices of violation with administrative monetary penalties issued by the CFIA in respect of non-compliance with the Health of Animals Act, the Plant Protection Act, the Meat Inspection Act and their associated regulations.

Refused Entry Quarterly Report July-September 2017
Summary of import shipments to Canada refused entry by the CFIA prior to or at the border as being non-compliant with Canadian requirements.

Canadian International Trade Tribunal

PI-2017-004: Preliminary Injury Inquiry – Dry Wheat Pasta
Statutory notice pursuant to SIMA of the commencement of a preliminary inquiry into the alleged injurious dumping and subsidizing of certain dry wheat-based pasta originating in or exported from Turkey.

Health Canada

Proposed Regulations Prohibiting Asbestos
On January 6, 2018 , the proposed Prohibition of Asbestos and Asbestos Products Regulations and the proposed Regulations Amending the Export of Substances on the Export Control List Regulations were published in Canada Gazette, Part I, for a 75-day public comment period ending on March 22, 2018. Comments and information received during the public comment period will be considered in the development of the final regulations, targeted for publication in the fall of 2018.