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December 2015

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Verification of container weight will soon be mandatory

Container ship

New mandatory requirements for container weight verification will become effective on July 1, 2016. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the new requirement under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention to ensure vessels are not dangerously overloaded due to misdeclared container weights.

Shippers can verify the weight of a container in one of two ways:

  • The shipper may weigh or have a third party weigh the packed, sealed container.
  • The shipper or third party can weigh all the cargo, packing and securing materials loaded into a container and add this weight to the tare weight of the container.

Under either method, the declaration of verified weight must be signed and dated by the shipper or by its authorized representative.

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

New guidelines for handling of Non-Compliant Wood Packaging

Wood packaging

Cargo imported into Canada with non-compliant wood packaging will no longer be automatically exported out of Canada. Instead, the cargo will be allowed to stay in Canada if it is “operationally feasible” to remove the non-compliant packaging.

The Port or Terminal accepting the cargo with the non-compliant packaging can insist on export out of Canada if the packaging cannot be removed or there is evidence of live, wood-boring pests.

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

eManifest becomes mandatory for carriers

eManifest becomes mandatory for carriers

The period of informed compliance for carriers to file eManifest for vehicles entering Canada (whether full or empty) is almost up. Effective January 11, 2016, penalties will be issued where the appropriate eManifest has not been filed, prior to arrival, for shipments entering via truck.

eManifest implementation timelines:

  • From July 10, 2015 to January 10, 2016, carriers who do not comply with eManifest requirements may be issued zero-rated penalties (non-monetary) under the CBSA’s Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS).
  • Beginning January 11, 2016, carriers who do not comply with eManifest requirements may be issued monetary AMPS penalties and will experience processing delays.

Penalties for non-report begin at $2,000 and escalate for subsequent non-reports.

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

U.S. agrees to remove controversial meat labelling law

Meat Counter

After the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled that a U.S. meat labelling law constituted unfair competition, President Obama has signed a bill that will end the law.

Had Obama not acted, Canada could have sought $1 billion in trade sanctions awarded by the WTO. U.S. legislators introduced the controversial labelling law to ensure buyers of meat products in the U.S. could distinguish between U.S. and Canadian beef and would thus be more likely to buy U.S. products.

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

Canada puts 98.1% duty on certain steel plate from India and Russia


The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has imposed a 98.1% Anti-Dumping Duty on certain hot-rolled carbon steel plate and high-strength, low-alloy steel plate from Russia or India. This decision comes after an investigation of potential dumping in Canada.

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

Time to renew NAFTA Blanket Certificates

Meat Counter

Don’t forget to get your Blanket NAFTA Certificates of Origin renewed for 2016. Or simplify your life by taking advantage of our NAFTA Management Service, the fast, easy way to ensure your NAFTA Certificates of Origin are fully compliant.

This is important because significant AMPS (Administrative Monetary Penalty System) transactional penalties could apply if you make a claim for preferential treatment without a valid NAFTA Certificate.

Get started now by forwarding your 2016 Blanket NAFTA Certificates to or contact Brian Rowe, General Manager – Customs Consulting Services, for more information.

Global Spotlight Quiz
Global Spotlight
Ships docking at this mystery island’s
primary port are more likely to
carry tourists than freight.

Global Spotlight Quiz

What island contains Europe’s tallest and most active volcano?

See if you can name this mystery island in three clues or less.

  • Tourism and agriculture account for almost all of the island’s international trade.
  • The invasion of the island by the Allies was a turning point in World War 2.
  • Among the population of about five million, about 70 percent speak a language that is not spoken anywhere else in that country.
  • Ruins left by the ancient Greeks on this island are considered even more beautiful than ruins from the same period left in Greece.
  • People have lived on this island since 8,000BC.

Click here to see the answer

For more information about freight to/from this city, contact Debbie McGuire, Manager – FreightSolutions.

Quick Tip

Put delivery and handling instructions in more than one place

Increase your chances of completing a successful delivery of a package by putting handling and delivery instructions on at least three of the surfaces.

This simple step will not only lead to fewer stray deliveries, but also help avoid the damage caused when a package is only marked in one place and it has to be flipped to find the labelling.

Irina Moskvitina – Freight Pricing Coordinator
Irina Moskvitina –
Freight Pricing Coordinator

At Your Service: Irina Moskvitina – Freight Pricing Coordinator

When Overseas Agents or clients of Universal Logistics ask for a rate quote for air or ocean freight, Irina Moskvitina will look into providing the best shipping options to minimize cost and transit by communicating with various carriers and vendors to obtain the best service available. “We are always asking ourselves”, said Irina, “How can we make this shipment better?”.

Irina Moskvitina who joined Universal Logistics in 2014, is a High Honour Graduate of the International Transportation and Customs Program at Seneca College and also holds a CIFFA (Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association) Certificate.

If you have any requests or questions about International Freight pricing, Irina can be reached by phone at (905) 882-4880, ext. 205 or by email.

December 2015

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