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Early Warning on New Food Import/Export Regulations

Implementation of the Safe Food for Canadians Act has been somewhat delayed, but January 1st of next year has now been fixed as the date when it will come into full force. The Act, passed after the 2012 XL Foods beef recall, is administered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and applies to all foods that are imported, exported, or traded between provinces. Importantly, companies that import food will now be liable for its safety. For ...

Exclaves Request Exemption From in-transit Requirements

Located on opposite sides of the continent, Point Roberts, in Washington state, and Campobello Island, New Brunswick, are each home to around a thousand people. But they have something in common aside from their small populations: neither is connected by land to the rest of its country. Campobello residents can take a bridge to Maine, and Point Roberts has a land border with British Columbia. Unsurprisingly, members of these communities find cus...

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 ...

Should Canada Unilaterally Adopt Global Free Trade?

That's the title of a recent report commissioned by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE). Its authors, Dan Ciuriak and Jingliang Xiao of Ciuriak Consulting Inc., show that bilateral free trade agreements typically produce lower economic gains than anticipated because their complicated rules make it too difficult for many businesses to avail of their benefits. They point out that unilateral free trade is already working well in smaller ...

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...