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Ebola screening in place at five U.S. airports

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is now taking temperatures and background information from passengers at the five airports that handle almost 95% of people traveling to the U.S. from the Ebola zone. Screening began on Saturday at JFK in New York; on Thursday it was expanded to nearby Newark Liberty, as well as Washington Dulles, Chicago O'Hare, and Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta international airports. The screening procedure applies to...

CETA Overview

Canada and the European Union signed the long-anticipated Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) last Friday. The agreement won’t go into effect until it’s been ratified by the European Parliament and all EU member states, probably in 2016, but this seems like a good time to take a look at the basics: Elimination of tariffs Around 98% of current customs duties will be erased when CETA goes into effect, and within seven years no t...

Mutual recognition arrangement for customs programs in the works with Israel

Canada and Israel will soon begin negotiations on a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) between the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)'s Partners in Protection (PIP) program and the Israel Tax Authority's Authorized Economic Operator program. The voluntary programs both aim to facilitate international trade while maintaining border security through certification of qualifying businesses which then become eligible for benefits such as stream...

Recommended Precautions When Finding a Chinese Manufacturer

BANQUO:     The earth hath bubbles, as the water has, And these are of them. Whither are they vanish'd? MACBETH:   Into the air; and what seem'd corporal melted As breath into the wind. Would they had stay'd! Macbeth and Banquo were talking about witches, but their sentiments have been echoed in many North American companies whose Chinese suppliers disappeared after money was wired. To avoid facing this situation, you should evaluate a ...

Change Government Policies to Reduce Prices, Suggests U of T economist

Prices in Canada have outpaced those in the U.S. over the past decade across almost all categories of retail and wholesale goods, according to a comparative study of 600 products by Prof. Nicholas Li of the University of Toronto's Department of Economics. Writing for the C.D. Howe Institute in its Commentary No. 409, entitled “Sticker Shock: The Causes of the Canada-US Price Differential”, Li shows that the price gap largely tracks the exchan...