CPMA and PMA announce plan to end issuing of generic UPCs

January 15, 2020

As of December 31st, 2019, Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and Produce Marketing Association (PMA) will no longer issue new generic UPCs.  Instead, both organizations will support the industry in adopting brand owner (company-specific) UPCs for North American produce.

Canada Gazette - Notices and Proposed Regulations

January 11, 2020

The following was published in Part I of the Canada Gazette on January 11, 2020.


Canada Border Services Agency

Special Import Measures Act

Canadian international merchandise trade, November 2019

January 8, 2020

Canada's merchandise exports declined 1.4% in November to $48.7 billion, while imports were down 2.4% to $49.8 billion. As a result, Canada's merchandise trade deficit with the world narrowed from $1.6 billion in October to $1.1 billion in November.

Amazon ad nauseum

January 8, 2020

... E-commerce has become a growth driver in all 3PL segments and working with or against Amazon remains a hot topic, notes Evan Armstrong, president of A&A.

The consultancy estimates 2018 U.S. e-commerce logistics costs were $141.6 billion, with no immediate signs of a slowdown.

Softwood Lumber – Instructions for requesting an administrative review are now available

January 7, 2020

The following message is from Global Affairs Canada.

To customs brokers representing softwood lumber companies, we would be grateful for onward transmission of this notice to your clients.