Beyond the Border Implementation Report - December 2013

January 3, 2014

The Canadian and U.S. governments have released a Beyond the Border Implementation Report.

The following are key accomplishments over the last year:

Ottawa's cheese import ruling by Ottawa sparks U.S. warning

January 3, 2014

A move by the Canadian government to block Pizza Pizza Ltd. and other Canadian restaurant chains from importing low-cost U.S. mozzarella is stoking trade tensions with the United States.

A senior U.S. trade official has bluntly warned Ottawa that the decision could harm its exporters and was made without proper notice or justification.

Wait time at Peace Bridge has doubled

January 3, 2014

Passenger vehicles on the Canadian side of the Peace Bridge have, on average, waited almost twice as long to cross into the United States this year compared with 2012, according to statistics compiled by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and released Thursday by Sen. Charles E. Schumer.

Mexican Tax Reforms Gazetted

January 3, 2014

Mexico's much-anticipated tax reform bill, which includes measures affecting the direct and indirect taxation of corporate taxpayers, has been published in the country's Official Gazette, completing the enactment procedures...

Hold the cheese: Ottawa closes import loophole

January 2, 2014

The federal government has quietly closed a loophole that had allowed... restaurant chains to import growing quantities of low-cost U.S. mozzarella, skirting the high tariff wall that shields Canada's dairy industry.