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The Canada-EU CETA Rules Of Origin For Textiles And Apparel Are More Flexible For Canadian Importers

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Canada-EU CETA, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Imports Restrictions, origin, tariff classification, Trade Agreeements

Currently, European textile and apparel goods are available in Canada.  When the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“Canada-EU CETA”) is provisionally implemented, more European textiles and apparel goods may be imported into Canada. Canadian importers need to know the new Canada-EU CETA rules for textiles and apparel in order to take full advantage of the… Continue Reading

Say Cheese: European Cheeses Will Soon Be Available Under Canada-EU CETA

Posted in Agriculture, Canada-EU CETA, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Imports Restrictions, origin, tariff classification

Currently, European cheeses are available in Canada.  When the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“Canada-EU CETA”) is provisionally implemented, more European cheese may be imported into Canada. Current Canadian importers of cheese and new importers of cheese (e.g., restaurants, specialty cheese retailers and others) need to get ready. The Canada-EU CETA contains 5 sets… Continue Reading

Are You Ready for CETA?: 20 Questions That Canadian Importers Should Be Asking

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Canada-EU CETA, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Imports Restrictions, origin, tariff classification, Trade Agreeements, valuation

The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“Canada-EU CETA”) is a free trade agreement between Canada and the 28 countries of the European Union.  The Canada-EU CETA is Canada’s largest free trade agreement since NAFTA.   There are opportunities for Canadian importers to save the customs duties on goods that they are currently importing… Continue Reading

What Goods Can Canadian Importers Import Duty Free When The Canada-EU CETA Comes Into Effect?

Posted in Agriculture, Canada-EU CETA, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, origin, tariff classification

It is expected that the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement (“Canada-EU CETA”) will come into provisional effect soon (maybe as soon as April 1, 2017 or May 1, 2017 – not yet known). Canadian importers should start to consider what goods may enter Canada duty free when the Canada-EU CETA green light is… Continue Reading

Canada Commences Consultations Regarding A Canada-China Free Trade Agreement

Posted in Agriculture, Antidumping, Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Canada-China FTA, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border litigation, Cross-Border Real Estate, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Energy, Environment, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Government Procurement, Immigration law, Imports Restrictions, Intellectual Property, International Arbitrations, Labour, origin, tariff classification, valuation

On March 4, 2017, Global Affairs Canada announced consultations concerning a possible free trade agreement between Canada and China.   Consultations means that Global Affairs Canada is consulting with Canadian interested stakeholders (the free trade agreement negotiations have not started yet – Canada is in a preliminary exploratory stage). Global Affairs Canada has posted information on… Continue Reading

It’s All About Compliance – Part 2 – Import Classification

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Corporate Counsel, Customs Law, tariff classification

This Alert is one in an occasional series of articles providing tips about various topics which come up routinely with import and export transactions.  These articles/tips are published with the intention to provide suggestions to aid international traders in their on-going efforts to get their declarations right the first time, and are based on situations… Continue Reading

What Is An Export Control List Item Number?

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Cross-border trade, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, tariff classification

An Export Control List Item Number (the “ECL Item Number”) is the Canadian identification or classification number that must be provided on export permit applications made under the Export and Import Permits Act and, if the good is subject to economic sanctions, requests for ministerial authorizations. All goods that are subject to Canada’s export controls… Continue Reading

Importing Goods From China: Three Things You Must Do To Minimize Border Costs

Posted in Antidumping, Customs Law, GST/HST, Imports Restrictions, Intellectual Property, origin, tariff classification, Trade Remedies, valuation

Canadian businesses, small, medium and large import goods from China. It is a reality in a globalized supply chain.  Many Canadian businesses buy Chinese-origin goods from suppliers in a third country (e.g., the United States). Most businesses understand that they must pay all applicable customs duties at the time of importation.  Many companies understand that… Continue Reading

SME Importing and Exporting Toolkits Posted on the CBSA Website

Posted in AMPs, Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, GST/HST, Imports Restrictions, NAFTA, NEXUS, origin, tariff classification, valuation

On August 22, 2016, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) posted on its website toolkits for small to medium sized enterprises.  The toolkits cover (1) importing, (2) exporting, (3) other CBSA resources, (4) other governmental resources and (5) contact information.  However, the CBSA did not include the posting of the toolkits in its “Latest News”… Continue Reading

Making NAFTA Relevant Again! Why Did The Chicken Not Cross The Border?

Posted in Cross-border trade, Imports Restrictions, NAFTA, tariff classification, Uncategorized

Canada’s Minister of Agriculture, Mr. MacAulay, has said that five Canadian companies have lost their certification to import chicken, stemming from another trade problem related to U.S. imports. The revocations of import privileges relate to mislabeling of good chicken as spent fowl.  An investigation was started after a surge in imports of high-quality made-for-meat “broiler”… Continue Reading

Making NAFTA Relevant Again! A Look At Certificates of Origin.

Posted in Cross-border trade, Customs Law, NAFTA, origin, tariff classification, valuation

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton talked about the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) during the U.S. Presidential Debate on September 26th.  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton spoke about NAFTA during the primaries and on the campaign trail.  NAFTA is relevant again!  This is good for customs lawyers and trade lawyers.  With all this talk… Continue Reading

What Is An H.S. Tariff Classification Number?

Posted in Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Imports Restrictions, tariff classification

An H.S. Tariff Classification Number is a 10 digit number that must be provided on import documentation in order to communicate what is the good that is being imported. Theoretically, every type of good is covered by the H.S. Tariff Classification Numbers and each good can be matched with a number.  The Canada Border Services Agency… Continue Reading

How Canadian! The Supreme Court of Canada’s First Tariff Classification Decision Is For Hockey Gloves

Posted in Customs Law, Legal Developments, tariff classification

On September 29, 2016, hours before Canada won the World Cup of Hockey, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its first tariff classification decision since Canada signed the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System in 1998. At the heart of the decision was the proper tariff classification for goalie gloves, known… Continue Reading

What Is A “Customs Controlled Area”?

Posted in Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border trade, Currency Reporting, Customs Law, Exports, Immigration law, Imports Restrictions, NEXUS, origin, Personal Comments, Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering, tariff classification, valuation

On April 27, 2016, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) released Guide BS5156 “What you need to know about Customs Controlled Areas”. In this one page document, the CBSA informs the public that a “customs controlled area” is: “A designated area where there is a likelihood that domestic employees or domestic origin travellers leaving Canada will come… Continue Reading

What Should Canadian Businesses Know About Canadian Goods Returned For Warranty Repairs?

Posted in Cross-border trade, Customs Law, origin, tariff classification, valuation

One area of confusion for many small and medium Canadian businesses is the customs treatment of goods manufactured in Canada that are sold outside Canada (and exported), but have to be returned temporarily for warranty repairs. The goods manufactured in Canada may be entirely Canadian input content or may be made partly with foreign inputs. … Continue Reading

Undervaluation of Goods Can Lead to Criminal Charges And Conviction In Canada

Posted in AMPs, Criminal Law, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Legal Developments, origin, tariff classification, valuation

On August 5, 2016, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) posted on the CBSA web-site a News Release entitled “Dartmouth store owner charged for falsifying documents and undervaluing shipments”. This News Release should cause Canadian business owners who import goods and/or general counsel of companies that import goods to ask important questions: “Is my import… Continue Reading

Death and Customs Duties: The CBSA Issues D-Memo of Bequested Goods

Posted in Customs Law, tariff classification

On November 18, 2015, the Canada Border Services Agency issued D-Memorandum D-2-1-5 “Bequests – Tariff Item No. 9806.00.00”.   In this D-Memorandum, the CBSA sets out the rules applicable when using Customs Tariff Code 9806.00.00 to import goods that have been bequested or are a gift in anticipation of death on a duty-free basis.  Generally speaking,… Continue Reading

What is a No-Names Customs Voluntary Disclosure?

Posted in Cross-border trade, Customs Law, origin, tariff classification, valuation

The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) permits importers to make a “no-names” disclosure in order to request advice from the CBSA as to the possibility of a successful voluntary disclosure (like a prior disclosure in the USA). In the case of a no-names voluntary disclosure, the CBSA does not require the importer’s representative to give… Continue Reading

Let’s Shed Some Lights On The Subject: The CBSA Is Targetting Lamps

Posted in Customs Law, tariff classification

On July 11, 2016, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) announced their audit priorities for the second half of 2016.  One of the priorities for tariff classification verifications is “parts of lamps”.  Parts of lamps were first announced as a verification priority in 2015.  The CBSA takes the position that parts of lamps are classified… Continue Reading

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Being A Non-Resident Importer Into Canada?

Posted in Cross-border trade, Customs Law, GST/HST, Imports Restrictions, Intellectual Property, origin, Sales Taxes, tariff classification, valuation

The Internet enables foreign companies to market and sell to Canadian consumers without setting up in Canada.  A common question of foreign sellers with opportunities to sell to Canadians is “Should I sell into Canada as a non-resident importer?” Before answering this question, we must go back to the basics. What is an importer?  The… Continue Reading

Canadian Customs Audit Targets – CBSA Releases H2 2016 Verification Priorities

Posted in Customs Law, origin, tariff classification, valuation

On July 7, 2016, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) released “Tariff Compliance Verifications – July 2016”.  What are “Tariff Compliance Verifications”? Tariff compliance verifications are CBSA customs audits during which the CBSA ensures that importers are using the proper tariff classification (HS Code) numbers when completing import documentation. The Tariff Compliance Verifications – July… Continue Reading

What Is The Difference Between A Red/Green Olive And A Black Olive?

Posted in Agriculture, Customs Law, tariff classification

The answer to this question is found in the recent Canadian International Trade Tribunal (“Tribunal”) tariff classification appeal case of Délices de la Forêt Inc. v. President of the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”), AP-2015-018. The issue in this case was whether green and red olives in brine in a glass jar were properly classified… Continue Reading

Why Should Importers Ask The CBSA If Goods Are Subject To Anti-dumping Duties?

Posted in Antidumping, origin, tariff classification

Is it better to seek permission or ask for forgiveness after the fact?  When it comes to imports of goods into Canada that may be subject to anti-dumping duties, it is better to seek an advance ruling from the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”).  If you import goods and the CBSA believes that the goods… Continue Reading

How To Apply For An Advance Customs Ruling in Canada

Posted in Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, tariff classification

Many importers in Canada want to minimize the risk of an assessment of customs duties for getting a tariff classification incorrect. If an importer or exporter or foreign producer of goods cannot figure out how the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) would classify a good for customs duty tariff classification purposes, sometimes the best thing… Continue Reading