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April 2015

News and Views for the clients of Universal Logistics

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Travelling internationally to offer better local service

BookExpo America

Our annual tour of the major international book fairs was kicked off with a visit to the London Book Fair, held April14-16 at the Olympia in West London, England. This year we were represented by Mark Glionna, Vice President – Client Relations, and Chris Barnard, Vice President – Projects & Market Development who have visited this book fair many times. “There’s something new to learn every year and we will translate those insights into tangible outcomes that benefit our many valued book publishing clients across Canada” said Mr. Glionna.

New clients will also have a lot to gain because Universal Logistics has an unmatched combination of local and international strengths:

  • the leading provider of logistics services for the Canadian book publishing industry
  • the only Canadian representative (and a founding member) of BookFreight, a worldwide network of freight forwarders, specializing in book industry transportation management
  • the only company endorsed by the Canadian Book and Periodical Council (customs broker and international freight forwarder) for the last 20 years

Next stop on our international tour of book industry events is BookExpo America (BEA), which takes place at the Javits Centre in New York, May 27-29.

For more information, contact Chris Barnard, Vice President – Projects & Market Development.

No room for error with Business Number for exporters


Export declarations submitted with an invalid Business Number (BN) are subject to Administrative
Penalty for failing to provide accurate information. You could also be penalized for failing to provide a BN or reporting an incorrect BN.

Protect your interests by ensuring your BN is registered and activated and is always reported correctly. A valid BN includes the unique nine digit number assigned to a company by Canada Revenue Agency to identify a specific business.

For more information, contact Brian Rowe, General Manager – Customs Consulting Services.

Time for stricter enforcement of Dangerous Goods shipping rules?

Loading air freight

Flagrant abuses of dangerous goods shipping regulations should be subject to criminal prosecution, says The International Air Transportation Association (IATA). The Association says tighter enforcement is necessary to reduce willful non-compliance of dangerous goods regulations, such as the mislabeling or non-declaration of dangerous goods, which could put aircraft safety at risk. Several campaigns are being developed to improve compliance without penalizing shippers who try to follow the rules.

For more information, contact David Lychek, Manager – Ocean & Air Services.

Import permits removed for specific pet foods from the U.S.

Pet Food

Effective April 15, 2015, Import Permits will no longer be required for U.S. made processed pet food and treats containing bovinae ingredients for commercial sale or re-sale in Canada.

Import permits are still required for:

  • Raw pet diets containing animal products and by-products that are not heat-treated/shelf stable
  • Processed pet foods and diets containing animal products and by-products, imported for use in laboratories

Import Permits for U.S. made processed non-bovinae pet food and treats will be removed June30,2015.

For more information, contact Brian Rowe, General Manager – Customs Consulting Services.

Global Spotlight Quiz
Global Spotlight
This Canadian port is ice-free all year despite being at northerly latitude.

Global Spotlight Quiz

What Canadian port has one of the world’s deepest natural harbours?

This port town had a bleak future until 2005, when the Federal Government announced plans to build a world-class container port facility. See if you can name it after reviewing the following clues.

  • Fastest transit time to Asia by ocean freight (up to three days faster than any competingport)
  • One of the safest ports in North America in terms of marine risk factors: wind, water depth, channel width
  • Five world-class terminals, including the fastest growing container terminal in NorthAmerica
  • First inbound port of call for cargo ships travelling between Eastern Asia and Western North America – and the last outbound port of call for freight moving in the opposite direction
  • Previously known as the Halibut Capital of the World

Click here to see the answer

For more information about this Canadian port, contact Debbie McGuire, Manager – FreightSolutions.

Quick Tip

Why accurate shipping documentation is so important


Did you know that the decision to call a freight shipment for exam is made by Other Government Departments (OGDS), such as the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), and is often triggered by a problem with the documentation? At best, that could mean delays. At worst, it could lead to AMPS penalties and fines, which could all have been avoided by simply ensuring all documentation is complete, accurate andlegible.

In addition to the CBSA, there are 15 OGDs and agencies that are involved in the movement of various commodities in and out of Canada.

At Your Service Nicole West, Customs Operations

Nicole West, Customs Operations

Nicole West,
Customs Operations

Since entering the logistics business with Universal Logistics in 2011, Nicole has completed two key training courses, Certified Customs Specialist (2014), and the initial CIFFA Certificate (2013). She has also worked at three different company locations – Fort Erie, Niagara Falls and Head Office, where she currently handles ocean clearances.

Nicole’s specific responsibilities include processing the release of Full Container Loads (FCL), tracking and tracing ocean cargo, coordinating releases and helping handle any client issues or opportunities.

Nicole can be reached by phone at (905) 882-4880, ext.228 or by email.

April 2015

is produced monthly for the clients of Universal Logistics. Reader comment and story ideas are welcome. Comments of general interest to all Route readers will, with the permission of the writer, be published. Copyright ©
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Route is produced by Universal Logistics. Editor: Bettina Scharnberg. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information contained herein, Universal Logistics accepts no responsibility or liability for errors or omissions. Written correspondence should be forwarded to:

Universal Logistics Inc.
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