Friday, 29 September 2017 14:20

Customs Notice - Coasting Trade

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Canada Border Services Agency has issued Customs Notice 17-31: Information for Vessels Seeking to Obtain a Duty Reduction on a 1/120th Basis where No Coasting Trade Licence is Required.   Under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), Canada agreed to allow two categories of European Union (EU) entities to provide certain marine coasting trade, or cabotage services in Canada without a coasting trade licence. They are:

(a) Entities incorporated in an EU Member State and where substantial business operations occur.

(b) Entities located outside an EU Member State if they are owned or controlled by nationals of the EU or Canada. In this category, entities must use vessels on an EU Member State registry.

2. Under CETA, an EU entity may provide the following services without a coasting trade licence:

(a) Feeder services between the Port of Halifax and Montreal

(b) Repositioning Empty Containers is allowed between locations in Canada, only if the containers are empty, owned or leased by the vessel owner/operator; as a non-revenue service. This means no financial gain or in-kind transactions.

(c) Dredging Services - Canadian companies will have the flexibility of being able to hire dredging services from EU entities.

(d) Federal Procurement – Dredging - Canada has aligned the federal government policy that governs how it procures dredging services or dredging services included in construction services contracts, with the negotiated outcome of CETA.

3. Changes to the coasting trade rules as a result of CETA have been incorporated in the Coasting Trade Act, which sets out the laws governing the use of foreign vessels and non-duty paid vessels in Canada’s coasting trade. Further information on the Coasting Trade Act can be found at


The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has introduced new incentives for vessels that use LNG as marine fuel effective October 1, 2017.  This programme grants 10% port dues concession to Green Port Programme (GPP) registered vessels that are serviced by LNG-fuelled harbour craft during their port stay. This is in addition to the 25% port dues concession that GPP-registered vessels receive for adopting measures to cap sulphur emissions to ≤ 0.50% m/m during their stay in the Port of Singapore.

Friday, 29 September 2017 13:49

MPC Container Ships expands rapidly

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MPC Container Ships Invest BV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oslo-listed MPC Container Ships AS, raised $100M through the issuance of a new senior secure bond earlier this month to help grow its fleet.  Over the last five months it has established a portfolio of 23 feeder container ships between 1,000 and 3,000 TEUs.

Friday, 29 September 2017 13:45

US CBP steps up enforcement on wood packaging

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US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has stated that it will begin assessing immediate penalties for shippers with improperly treated and marked wood packaging materials in their international shipments starting Nov. 1, 2017. As in Canada, non-exempt wood-packaging material (WPM) imported into the United States has had to be treated at approved origin facilities to kill off any potential timber pests. The treated material must include a visible mark that satisfies the International Plant Protection Convention’s International Standards of Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM 15) regulation. Without this mark, the wood packaging material is deemed to be "untreated."  CBP said this immediate issuance of penalties will further “motivate” WPM compliance and is “a change from the previous published threshold of five violations.” In addition, the agency said there will be “no yearly reset for calculating repeat violations as each WPM violation may incur a penalty.”

Friday, 29 September 2017 13:41

USCG information on North Korea sanctions


The US Coast Guard has issued Bulletin 9/28/2017: Information on vessels affected by US sanctions on North Korea to highlight Section 2 of the President of the United States' Executive Order for the maritime industry. Section 2 specifically states, “No vessel in which a foreign person has an interest that has called at a port in North Korea within the previous 180 days, and no vessel in which a foreign person has an interest that has engaged in a ship-to-ship transfer with such a vessel within the previous 180 days, may call at a port in the United States.” The prohibition applies except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted before the effective date of this order.

Friday, 29 September 2017 13:36

CFIA Plant Protection Survey Report


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)’s annual Plant Protection Survey Report for 2016-2017 is now available. This report provides a summary of our plant health surveillance activities this past fiscal year, including outcomes achieved.  The survey indicates that there has been no detections of Asian gyspy or new invasive alien forest insects in across Canada. 

Friday, 29 September 2017 13:28

New east coast marine refuges

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The Government of Canada has announced two new marine refuges established through fisheries management measures to protect fish and their aquatic ecosystems and contribute an additional 11,787km2 of protected ocean area to Canada’s coasts. The following marine refuges off the Atlantic coast will contribute to the marine conservation targets of 5% this year and make a lasting contribution to marine conservation in Canada:

  • New Brunswick – The existing Miramichi Bay gillnet fisheries closure protects adult Atlantic salmon and one of its important migration corridors. This closure has been in place for many years and prohibits the use of gillnets for all commercial groundfish fisheries. 
  • Nova Scotia – The Western/Emerald Banks Conservation Area supports the productivity of groundfish, particularly as a long-standing nursery ground for haddock. All commercial and recreational fisheries using bottom-contact gear and gear known to interact with groundfish are prohibited in the majority of the closure.
Thursday, 28 September 2017 23:34

K+S Potash terminal's first unit train arrives

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This week the first unit train with a total of 122 rail cars from the Bethune mine in Saskatchewan arrived at K+S Potash Canada’s (KSPC) potash handling and storage facility in Port Moody, BC.  The almost 2-kilometer-long unit train was loaded with about 13,000 tonnes of MOP standard potash and was pulled by four Canadian Pacific (CP) locomotives. The 1,800-kilometer-long route through the Rocky Mountains took three days. The arrival of the first unit train also marks a significant milestone for Canadian Pacific. CP had connected the Bethune mine to the existing rail network with a new, 30-kilometer-long link. For CP, this was the largest rail infrastructure project since the mid-1980s.

Over the next few weeks, additional unit trains will transport potash from the Bethune mine to the handling and storage facility in Vancouver. In October, the first vessel loaded with potash will then leave the port, destined for customers in Asia.

Thursday, 28 September 2017 23:29

New CEO for Port of Nanaimo

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The Board of Directors of the Nanaimo Port Authority announced that Ewan Moir is the new President and CEO effective October 10. Moir has 20 years of senior corporate business experience contributing to strategy and operational performance and is known as an analytical thinker with a strong record of initiating and implementing business strategies to develop sustainable and profitable growth. He labels himself a team builder, coach in skills development with extensive experience in managing a union environment. The new Port President and CEO is completing his final duties as President and COO of Pacific BioEnergy Corporation.

Thursday, 28 September 2017 23:19

Yim appointed COSCO's Assistant VP

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Congratulations to Victor Yim who has been promoted to the position of Assistant Vice President of COSCO SHIPPING Lines (Canada) Inc.effective immediately.  Mr. Yim was with China Shipping (Canada) Agency Co. Ltd  for 17 years before the merger and held various senior management positions throughout organization.  Mr. Yim will now assume responsibility for the following:

  • Managing the Equipment Control & Supply Chain Department and overseeing the Marine Operation Department;
  • Enhancing vendor relationship of the Departments’ management for efficient and effective cost control operation;
  • Coordinate strategic vendor sourcing, delivering products as expected in terms of cost competitiveness & delivery of quality services received;
  • Providing corporate executive support in the collective bargaining processes of railroads, stevedoring, ports, pilotage, towage, trucks, off docks, etc.; and 
  • He will be responsible for supporting the President’s direction and coordinating the business operations of COSCO SHIPPING Lines (Canada) Inc.

Thursday, 28 September 2017 23:14

CBSA clarifies TCCU emergency services

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The Canada Border Services Agency reminds all clients of the terms and conditions for utilizing the emergency after-hours service provided by the Technical Commercial Client Unit (TCCU).  The TCCU provides full technical support between the hours of 08h00 and 17h00 ET, Monday to Friday except holidays. Between the hours of 17h00 and 08h00 ET as well as on weekends and statutory holidays, the service is provided for emergency situations only. An emergency is a situation which prevents clients from transmitting data to the CBSA or receiving data from the CBSA and which cannot wait for resolution until the next business day.

Starting January 1, 2018 the TCCU will no longer be accepting calls after hours for issues that do not constitute an emergency. Some examples include:

  • Confirmation if CBSA received a transmission (transaction number, cargo control document, conveyance reference document, house bill)
  • Confirmation on whether a transaction has been accepted
  • Confirmation on the status of a transaction
  • Confirmation if a Border Services Officer (BSO) has made a decision on a transmission (transaction number, cargo control document, conveyance reference document, house bill)

For more information on CBSA Notices, please contact the TCCU at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thursday, 28 September 2017 23:10

Industry responds to Clean Air Action Plan update

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Organizations, representing manufacturers, farmers and agribusinesses, wholesalers, retailers, importers, exporters, distributors, and transportation and logistics providers who use the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, have submitted a joint response to the Draft 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update.  The organizations are concerned with the lack of information with respect to the commercial availability of specified technologies, the uncertainty of the draft plan’s cost, the absence of any analysis regarding the ports’ future competitiveness, the exclusion of certain technologies and fuels, and the lack of a cost benefit analysis on the air quality benefits that would result from this program.

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