2018 Rubber Recycling Symposium Coming in November


The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC), the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) together with Host Sponsor, eTracks Tire Management Systems, are pleased to be hosting the 2018 Rubber Recycling Symposium, held on November 7-8 at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls, Canada

This symposium brings together international experts and professionals from the tire and rubber manufacturing sectors, the rubber recycling industry, including processors, transporters, equipment manufacturers and stewardship organizations, as well as government and academia. This event offers a unique opportunity to explore the varied approaches in Extended Producer Responsibility, and to compare successes and opportunities for delivering and meeting our industry’s goals.


“Taking Sustainability to the Next Level” 

“Taking Sustainability to the Next Level” theme starts with the premise that corporate sustainability is fully embedded at the highest level of the industry. But what of the value chain as tires move through the market distribution channels to the final end-user? Do we have sustainable market players throughout the channels who act in accord with corporate sustainability goals and, more importantly, can these players operate in an ethical, social, environmental, cultural and economic sphere in the same way as their major suppliers?

To be sure, there are other drivers at play such as economic factors, market conditions and legislative imperatives that can work to either stymie or encourage taking sustainability. The 2108 Symposium will attempt to explore all sides of the issue in order to take the industry’s corporate sustainability where it needs to be. 


November 7-8, 2018


Sheraton on the Falls Hotel
5875 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls
ON L2G 3K7, Canada


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Trump’s trade chief: U.S. and Canada ‘starting to converge’ on key NAFTA dispute

WASHINGTON—Canada and the United States are “finally starting to converge” on the dispute over automotive manufacturing that has been a key obstacle to the success of North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations, President Donald Trump’s trade chief said Wednesday.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s comments to the House Ways and Means Committee corroborated the optimistic words from Canadian Ambassador David MacNaughton the day prior.

Read the source article at Metro News

The CBSA’s ARL Program

by Michael Sherbo, Director of Appeals, Dominion Customs Consultants Inc.

In January 2016, the CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) introduced their ARL (Accounts Receivable Ledger) system. It is designed to offset an importer’s refunds by posting credits to the importer’s account and replaces the previous system of issuing refund cheques.

Prior to ARL, importers paid the duties owed. Later, if applicable, the importer would file for a refund. If the CBSA agreed, they would generate a DAS (Detailed Adjustment Statement) to show they had granted a refund to the importer. This process could take anywhere between one to two months. Importers might then wait an additional three weeks to actually receive their cheque. This meant importers were usually looking at up to three months to actually receive their cheque. 

ARL streamlined this entire process. Now, credits to an importer’s account usually show up by the next day. Because the refund comes in the form of a credit against the duties owed by the importer – it is not a cash payment – importers can access the use of the money sooner, offering them a quick improvement to their cash flow.

The CBSA will make an exception in cases where an importer has a large credit, usually if the credit is more than two months of duties payable. If the importer requests a cheque, the CBSA can send one to the importer to shorten the time needed to level out the duties owed. 

One of the challenges of ARL is visibility to an importer’s account. Currently, the only visibility to an account is shared between the importer and the CBSA. If the importer uses a service provider such as a customs broker or a consultant, those third-parties will have visibility only to the parts they’ve worked on. If the importer also uses a second service provider, they will see only the information they’ve worked on. No-one has any visibility into the other’s activity.

Add a savvy importer to the mix, one who is filing their own refunds, and none of the service providers will have any visibility to any credits that may be in the account. 

The CBSA is working on remedying this. They are looking to implement different upgrades to ARL. One of the next improvements will be for service providers to have increased visibility into their clients’ account and balance. 

In the meantime, importers need to work closely with their service providers. They need to make sure they receive accurate and prompt statements in order to track that all their credits are accounted for as quickly as possible. This is because the account can quickly become overpaid if brokers constantly pay their client’s statements only to leave refunds and credits in the account, never to come off.

Service providers automatically receive their own daily notice and statement of account on behalf of their clients.

Importers can make sure they see the previous month’s refund processed as quickly as possible by setting themselves up to receive their own daily notice and statement. There are two ways to do this. One – they can set themselves up directly with the CBSA. Although more practical, this is the more costly route. Two – they can engage a third-party service provider to obtain daily notice or statement of account information. This is the less expensive route and can be put into place with only nominal fees attached.

To find out how you can lower your landed costs, contact Howard Rosenberg, Account Executive, Dominion Customs Consultants Inc.; at hrosenberg@dominiongroup.com; or 1-888-888-3443 x 239.

Trump’s tariff threat could impact PSA’s U.S. return


President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on European cars exported to the U.S. has worried PSA Group, which doesn’t (yet) sell vehicles in North America. PSA CEO Carlos Tavares said that if Trump imposes tariffs were imposed it might negatively affect his 10-year plan to re-enter the U.S. market. “If the overall framework of tariffs change, it may have an impact on our strategy,” Tavares said at the Geneva auto show on Tuesday.

Read the source article at Front Page

Canadian dollar forecast to overcome trade worries and strengthen: Reuters poll


TORONTO (Reuters) – The Canadian dollar is forecast to rally over the coming year, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday, as global economic strength and a broadly weaker greenback offsets smoldering investor fears of a trade war that could damage Canada’s economy.

The poll of nearly 50 foreign exchange strategists taken March 1-6 predicted that the will climb to C$1.2700 to the greenback, or 78.74 U.S. cents, in one month, from around C$1.2875 on Tuesday. It is then expected to climb in a year to C$1.2300, matching the forecast from last month’s poll.

Read the source article at Global Rubber Markets News

Canadian waste-tire processing plant proposed


GOTEBORG, Sweden — Canadian energy-services provider ArticCan Energy Services Inc. is proposing setting up a scrap-tire processing plant in Canada designed to process 30,000 metric tons of waste tires a year.

To effect the plan, ArticCan Energy signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Scandinavian Enviro Systems A.B., a Goteborg-based engineering concern founded in 2001 to develop pyrolysis technology for recovering carbon and hydrocarbon compounds from waste tires.

The parties did not disclose a proposed site, timetable for completing the plant nor the investment.

Read the source article at Tire Business

Why Trucking and Logistics Will Lead the Autonomous Vehicle Revolution


When we think about the advancement of self-driving vehicles it should start with trucking, freight and logistics.

Trucks move about $700 billion of cargo in the U.S. annually, which amounts to about 70 percent of the nation’s freight by weight. In the near term, that’s why the economic case for driverless technology is so much greater for commercial vehicles.

While many look ahead to the decline of human driving and a subsequent decrease in crashes and traffic fatalities and injuries, most agree it remains a distant vision.

Just last week the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich., said that self-driving vehicles that fit the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous operation rankings won’t even reach 4 percent of new-vehicle sales by 2030. Beyond that, it’s possible they could reach 55 percent by 2040.

Read the source article at Trucks.com

U.S. trade officials meet auto executives in midst of NAFTA talks | Reuters


WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – U.S. trade officials met with auto industry executives in Washington on Tuesday, three sources said, as talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement try to make progress on a major sticking point around vehicle production.

Read the source article at reuters.com

Tyromer Brings Tire-Derived Polymer to U.S. Retreading Market


Tyromer Inc., a scrap tire devulcanization company,  is now producing a high performance, non-chemical devulcanized rubber made from crumb or retread buffing in the United States.

Their tire-derived polymer or TDP can actually increase performance when incorporated into a pre-cure tread compound and costs less than virgin material.

Read the source article at Tire Review

The US Rubber Industry Challenging Times


The might of the US rubber industry over the years has grown by leaps and bounds. Changing with the times, the region continues to be a major force in terms of rubber and tyre consumption apart from being a major producer and consumer of synthetic rubber (SR), a host of speciality rubber chemicals and home to a booming US$130 billion medical devices market, the largest in the world. The region is also fiercely competitive in all aspects of the wider tyre market — passenger car tyres, truck and bus tyres, agricultural tyres and OTR tyres.

The United States’ rubber industry has an eventful past, a pulsating present and a challenging future. During the late 19th century, Ohio emerged as the leader of rubber production in the United States. Numerous rubber companies 

Read the source article at Rubber Asia