Mexico Implements Import Licensing Requirement for Footwear

February 4, 2015

...the Mexican government issued a decree on August 29, 2014, announcing a new set of measures aimed at preventing the undervaluation of imported footwear and enhancing the productivity and competitiveness of domestic footwear manufacturers.

EU VAT Rates

February 1, 2015

The updated VAT rates applied in the European Union's member states are available at http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/resources/documents/taxation/vat/how_vat_works/rates/vat_rates_en.pdf.

Canada Gazette - Official Regulations

January 29, 2015

Subscribers may be interested in the following, published on 14 January 2015 in Part II of the Canada Gazette.

Softwood Lumber Products — Allocation Method Order (2015) Export and Import Permits Act 

EDC Export Performance Monitor - January 2015

January 29, 2015

Canada's trade balance dipped into deficit in November to $644 million, as exports decreased by 3.5% and imports were down by 2.7%. Weaker prices contributed about a third of the total nominal export decline. Despite this soft patch, Canada will record its first annual trade surplus since 2011 as exports are still 10.5% above last year's pace.

[US] Import Changes in Forthcoming USDA Rules

January 25, 2015

The [US] Department of Agriculture recently issued its semiannual regulatory agenda, which lists proposed and final regulations affecting international trade in agricultural goods that could be issued within the next year as well as rulemaking proceedings that have been in process for some time and are not as likely to see further progress in the near term.