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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hong Kong and Chicago airports to exchange expertise

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and Chicago O'Hare International Airport (O'Hare) signed a memorandum of understanding initiating bilateral cooperation as "sister airports".

The agreement outlines various areas of cooperation to build a strong, mutually beneficial relationship between two of the world's busiest airports in all aspects of aviation and its related businesses, such as exchanging expertise in dealing with customer service and sharing information on new technologies.

HKIA is among very few airports in the world that handle high volumes of passenger and cargo traffic. In 2010, the airport served 51 million passengers and 4.1 million tonnes of cargo. Over 95 airlines operate flight services at HKIA to and from about 160 destinations worldwide, including around 45 points on the Mainland.

O'Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport together comprise one of the largest and busiest airport systems in the world. O'Hare is the largest airport in the State of Illinois and the Midwest of the United States. It handles 67 million passengers and 1.57 million tonnes of cargo annually with flights to nearly 200 cities worldwide.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Carriers with no carrier code will be turned back at border starting April 1st

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) published, on March 28, guidelines to provide information to importers and brokers in preparation for the elimination of itinerant carrier codes, applicable to all modes, on April 1, 2011.

Specifically, this will affect the process of obtaining release where an itinerant or 77YY carrier code would have been used for the creation of a Cargo Control Number (CCN) to facilitate the control of cargo and release processing.

Effective April 01, 2011 the CBSA will no longer accept generic itinerant carrier codes for any mode of transportation and all carriers must have and utilize a unique identifying carrier code. This includes carriers importing both personal and commercial goods to Canada.

The guidelines describe a "carrier" as: "a person or company who transports goods into Canada and can move goods by air, highway, sea, rail or international mail and who is compensated for these services."

According to the guidelines, "carriers arriving in Canada who do not have a valid carrier code will need to make arrangements to have the goods released at the the first port of arrival or in the case of highway importation, voluntarily return to the U.S."

There are exceptions for commercial goods carried by paying passengers onboard traveler's commercial conveyances (bus, taxi, plane, ship etc.) or by a driver of a "not for hire" non-commercial conveyance (i.e. personal vehicle or own company's vehicle).

For additional information please see: CBSA Guidelines for Cargo and Release Processing (doc) Elimination of the 77YY and ITN (Itinerant) Carrier Codes.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

CSCB Budget 2011

22 March 2011

Budget 2011
2011 Budget

The CSCB attended the Stakeholder's Lock-up, prior to the

presentation of Budget 2011 by the Minister of Finance.

Details from that budget that are of interest to members include the

introduction of three generic HS classifications with duty rates of 0%,

8% or 20%, depending on the description of the goods.

These generic items can be used when goods are:

- non-commercial and arriving by courier or post;

- valued at less than $500; and

- not relieved from any GST/HST provisions.

Other budget items affecting the Customs Tariff are:

- a reduction in the number of tariff items to facilitate the classification

of imported goods and eliminate "end-use" provisions;

- making the Customs Tariff more user-friendly, including restructuring

the List of Countries and Applicable Tariff Treatments to make the

various tariff treatments more transparent; and

- revoking obsolete provisions such as those under Part 2, Division 4

(Special Measures, Emergency Measures and Safeguards) which can

no longer be used.

The CSCB is assessing the impact of these and welcomes comments from members.


Dear Valued Customers,


Container shipping lines in the Canada Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (CTSA) have called for a General Rate Increase (GRI), effective May 1, 2011.

Effective May 1, 2011, member carriers in the Canada Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (CTSA) say they intend to raise Asia-Canada rates across the board by US$400 per FEU for Vancouver local and door cargo, and by US$600 per FEU for all intermodal and East Coast all-water shipments, with other equipment sizes rated per formula. The new rates will apply to all CTSA origins, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

GRI for cargo destined to Vancouver (not moving inland on rail):
USD $320.00/20ft
USD $400.00/40ft
USD $450.00/40ft HC
USD $505.00/45ft
USD $8.00/CBM (LCL)

GRI for all other Canadian destinations:
USD $480.00/20ft
USD $600.00/40ft
USD $675.00/40ft HC
USD $760.00/45ft
USD $12.00/CBM (FCL)

CTSA is a discussion forum of 10 major container shipping lines serving the trade from Asia to ports and inland points in Canada. Members include:

American President Lines, Ltd. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K Line)
COSCO Container Lines, Ltd. Nippon Yusen Kaisha (N.Y.K. Line)
Evergreen Marine Corp. (Taiwan), Ltd. Orient Overseas Container Line, Inc.
Hapag Lloyd AG Yangming Marine Transport Corp.
Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., Ltd. Zim Integrated Shipping Services

Also please note CAF on imports is increasing to 9% in April.

Thank you!

If you should have any questions regarding this matter, please contact:

Celeste Hill -
ROE Logistics Inc.
Client Services Manager / Responsable, Services à la clientèle
Tél: (514) 636-8880 ext. 246 Cel: (514) 833-7822
Fax: (514) 636-3888

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thaw Season 2011 - Période de dégel 2011

Please note that the Thaw Season 2011 will start March 21st, 2011
Consequently the weight of all shipments travelling in vans and containers
must be reduced when departing from and returning to Québec.

You will find attached below the notice provided by the ministry of
Transport du Québec on their
web site
Best regards,


Veuillez noter que la période de dégel 2011 débutera le 21 mars 2011.
Conséquement le poids des expéditions dans les remorques et conteneurs doit
être réduit pour tous les voyages qui partent et reviennent au Québec.

Vous trouverez une copie de l'avis émis par le ministère des Transport du
Québec ci-dessous sur leur
site internet

Salutations sincères

Monday, March 7, 2011

Snowy day

Hi Everyone!
Well, the weather here in Montreal is awful. Just when you think spring is on it's way, we get the worst snow storm this winter!
On a better note, if you are importing from India at the moment, we currently have EXCELLENT rates (actually probably the best) . Email for a quote.
We also have 40,000 sq.ft of warehouse space in our Mississauga, Ontario warehouse! If you need long/short term storage or Pick and Pack services, EDI, distribution etc... email for your request.

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Stay warm!