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CUSMA AND SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED EN­TER­PRISES

Learn how to make the most of op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able for your busi­ness through the Canada-usa-mex­ico Agree­ment (CUSMA), also known as the new NAFTA. As of July 1, CUSMA rules and reg­u­la­tions are in ef­fect. https://www.in­ter­na­tional.gc.ca/trade-com­merce/tradea­gree­ments-ac­cords-com­mer­ci­aux/agr-acc/cusma-aceum/ busi­ness-com­merce.aspx?lang=eng

PROV­INCE TRAN­SI­TIONS COVID-19 BOR­DER SCREEN­ING TO FED­ERAL GOV­ERN­MENT

In early April, the Prov­ince in­tro­duced COVID-19 bor­der screen­ing mea­sures, un­prece­dented in Canada, to help en­sure Bri­tish Columbians re­turn­ing home from in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions had the sup­port they need to man­age self-iso­la­tion plans and keep BC com­mu­ni­ties safe. While these bor­der mea­sures were pi­o­neered in Bri­tish Columbia, other prov­inces, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment and all Cana­di­ans have ben­e­fited as sim­i­lar mea­sures have since been im­ple­mented na­tion­wide. Fol­low­ing the cur­rent tran­si­tion pe­riod with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, BC ended provin­cially led bor­der check points on June 20, 2020. Fed­eral screen­ing mea­sures cur­rently in place will con­tinue. Ser­vice BC will also con­tinue com­pli­ance and well­ness checks to en­sure trav­ellers can ef­fec­tively main­tain their 14-day self­iso­la­tion. news.gov.bc.ca/22438

NAFTA PANEL DE­CI­SION FOR CANA­DIAN LUM­BER IN­DUS­TRY

On May 22, Doug Don­ald­son, Min­is­ter of Forests, Lands, Nat­u­ral Re­source Op­er­a­tions and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment, re­leased the fol­low­ing state­ment in re­sponse to the North Amer­i­can Free

Trade Agree­ment (NAFTA) rul­ing on the US In­ter­na­tional Trade Com­mis­sion’s (USITC) de­ter­mi­na­tion that the Cana­dian lum­ber in­dus­try has harmed the US in­dus­try:

“Our gov­ern­ment is ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed in the NAFTA panel’s rul­ing af­firm­ing the USITC’S Jan­uary 2018 ma­te­rial in­jury de­ter­mi­na­tion. This is only one piece in the on­go­ing soft­wood lum­ber dis­pute, and re­solv­ing this dis­pute is our top trade pri­or­ity. Sep­a­rate NAFTA ap­peals of the Depart­ment of Com­merce’s coun­ter­vail­ing duty and anti-dump­ing duty de­ter­mi­na­tions have also been ini­ti­ated. We will con­tinue to de­fend the 57,000 hard-work­ing peo­ple whose liveli­hoods de­pend on BC’S for­est in­dus­try against these un­fair and un­jus­ti­fied tar­iffs. We will fight along­side Canada, on be­half of Bri­tish Columbians and the com­mu­ni­ties that rely on the for­est sec­tor, as we con­tinue to chal­lenge these un­fair tar­iffs through the ap­peals pro­cesses.”

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