International Trade Compliance

U.S., Canada harmonizing names of meat cuts

March 12, 2014

Canada and the United States have agreed to harmonize the terminology used for wholesale cuts of meat. This common understanding of terms will benefit industry through reducing costs of maintaining separate inventories, easing trade and reducing red tape and regulatory burden.

Iraq, a New Member of CITES

March 12, 2014

The CITES Secretariat is pleased to welcome the Republic of Iraq as the 180th Party to CITES.

Iraq is located in the Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf in the south east.

Canada and the United States announce Phase II of Truck Cargo Pre-inspection Pilot

March 12, 2014

Today, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Steven Blaney... officially launched Phase II of the truck cargo pre-inspection pilot at the Peace Bridge crossing between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York. The pilot is a key deliverable under the Beyond the Border Action Plan issued by Prime Minister Harper and President Obama in December 2011.

Obama signs executive order on streamlining the export/import processes

March 8, 2014

President Barack Obama, Wednesday, issued an executive order setting a Dec. 31, 2016 deadline for more than 40 federal agencies to have their systems ready to regulate import and export transactions through a common, government-wide, data-transmission pipeline.

COOL Compliance Hearings Kick Off at WTO

March 6, 2014

The US’ controversial country-of-origin labelling (COOL) requirements for livestock and meat imports were once again under scrutiny at the WTO this week, as hearings began to determine whether recent changes to the policy have brought it in line with international trade rules.