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Tag Archives: Canada Border Services Agency

Canada Day: Survival Guide For Canada-US Cross Border Travel

Posted in Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Imports Restrictions, NEXUS, Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering

The Canada Day long week-end will be here soon.  Canadians travel outside Canada to visit friends and family and to shop.  The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) is on the lookout for contraventions of the Customs Act and other border laws. Here is our survival guide to make sure the CBSA is happy with your declaration… Continue Reading

Importers Must Pay Customs Assessments In Canada To Perfect Appeal

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, origin, tariff classification, valuation

We were asked recently whether a non-resident importer could ignore paying a Canadian customs detailed adjustment statement (“DAS”) and continue to import goods into Canada (jsut thumb their noses up at the Canadian government). The answer provided is that a non-resident importer (and a Canadian resident importer) should not consider something so foolish.  Under Canadian law,… Continue Reading

Can Canadian Importers Claim CETA Preferential Tariff Treatment If Goods Are Transshipped?

Posted in Canada-EU CETA

One question we have been asked is whether Canadian importers will be able to claim Canada-EU CETA duty-free tariff treatment if the EU-origin goods are imported into Canada from the United States or some other non-EU country after provisional implementation of the Canada-EU CETA.  It is common for Canadian importers to purchase from distributors in… Continue Reading

What Does The CBSA Review During A Customs Valuation Verification?

Posted in AMPs, Customs Law, valuation

Canadian importers (especially non-resident importers and those related to a foreign entity) may, someday, be contacted by the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) to conduct a customs valuation verification.  Current CBSA valuation verification priorities include apparel (Chapters 61 and 62) and food preparations and pastrycook’s products (Chapter 19).  In January 2017,  the CBSA announced that… Continue Reading

How Can I Get My NEXUS Card Back When It is Cancelled/Confiscated By The CBSA?

Posted in Agriculture, Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, Currency Reporting, Customs Law, NEXUS

The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) may confiscate, revoke or cancel a NEXUS Membership for a number of reasons, such as (1) a breach of a customs law (e.g., undervaluation or not declaring goods purchased or acquired outside Canada), (2) a breach of an immigration law (e.g., working in Canada without a proper visa), (3)… Continue Reading

Parliamentary Committee Makes 8 Recommendations Regarding Canada’s Steel Industry

Posted in Antidumping, Canada's Federal Government, Trade Remedies

On June 15, 2017, the Standing Committee on International Trade released Report No. 7 “The Canadian Steel Industry’s Ability to Compete Internationally”.  This Report is helpful to Canadian steel producers and not very helpful to steel importers.  China will not be pleased to read that the Committee recommends non-market economy status remain in place in… Continue Reading

U.S. Boaters Soon Will Be Able To Venture Into Canadian Waters Without Reporting To Canada Customs

Posted in Customs Law

On June 12, 2017, the Canadian Parliament passed at third reading Bill S-233 “Conveyance Presentation and Reporting Requirements Modernization Act”, which is a bill that already passed in Canada’s Senate on April 11, 2017.  What this means is that Bill S-233 will become law as soon as it receives Royal Assent (which should occur soon). … Continue Reading

Canada Initiates New Antidumping Case Against Carbon And Alloy Steel Line Pipe From South Korea

Posted in Antidumping, Trade Remedies

On June 8, 2017, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) issued a Notice of Initiation stating that it has initiated an antidumping case against carbon and alloy steel line pipe from South Korea.  This is not the first line pipe case.  In 2016, the CBSA initiated an antidumping case against line pipe from China and… Continue Reading

Exporters Who Receive De Minimis Dumping Margins in Canadian AD Cases Now Being Excluded From Final Orders

Posted in Antidumping, Trade Remedies, World Trade Organization

Foreign producers and exporters who receive a de minimis dumping margin (2% or less) in a Canadian antidumping case are now being excluded from final injury orders (that is, final orders for the imposition of antidumping duties).  What this means is that any foreign producer or exporter who priced at undumped levels (above domestic selling… Continue Reading

Does Canada Have Label Requirements For Imported Goods?

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, origin

Canada has a number of requirements mandating that certain goods have labels AND that certain information be communicated on labels and packaging.  Goods may not be imported into Canada if the required markings are not on the goods to be imported.  If goods are not marked properly, the improperly marked goods may be seized by… Continue Reading

Drugs and Bugs: The CBSA Watches Flower Imports Carefully

Posted in Agriculture, Border Security, Customs Law, Imports Restrictions

Every year around Valentine’s Day (and Mother’s Day and Easter), the CBSA is extra busy inspecting shipments of flowers from Colombia and Ecuador.  Shipments of flowers into Canada are most commonly shipped by air or transported from the United States after importation through Miami. The two things the CBSA is looking for in fresh cut… Continue Reading

The Canada Border Services Is Getting Authority To Open All Cross-Border Mail

Posted in Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border litigation, Cross-Border Real Estate, Cross-border trade, Currency Reporting, Customs Law, Legal Developments, Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering, Tax

The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) has statutory authority in subsection 99(1) of the Customs Act to open goods that are being imported – this includes letters and packages. Currently, most packages can be opened, including legal documents sent by a law firm to another law firm or a client.  A few years ago I… Continue Reading

What Is A Notice of Penalty Assessment?

Posted in AMPs, Canada's Federal Government, Customs Law

A Notice of Penalty Assessment is the document in which the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) issues an assessment of an Administrative Monetary Penalty (“AMP”) against an importer. An  AMP is a monetary penalty of a civil nature (rather than criminal) imposed by the CBSA for a contravention of an Act, regulation or by-law. The Master Penalty Document contains all… Continue Reading

What Is The Canadian Process For Voluntarily Disclosing An Export Controls/Economic Sanctions Mistake?

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, AMPs, Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports

Mistakes happen.  While the majority of Canadian companies want to comply with Canada’s export controls and economic sanctions laws, violations can occur.  Often when there is an economic sanctions violation, there is also an export controls violation at the same time.  Sometimes, there are export controls violations without an economic sanction violation. There are three procedures… Continue Reading

The CBSA (as Administrator of Laws) Must Follow CITT Decisions (Subject to Limited Exceptions)

Posted in Antidumping, Cross-border litigation, Customs Law, Government Procurement, Imports Restrictions

This case is a must-read for all customs and trade lawyers.  This case is a must- read by other administrative lawyers who appear before quasi-judicial tribunals. The general administrative law rules for law enforcers and tribunals have been clarified in simple, understandable terms. May there be greater certainty, greater predictability and finality as a result of this… Continue Reading

Canada Acknowledges Antidumping Proceedings Hurt Consumers

Posted in Antidumping, Canada's Federal Government, Trade Remedies

This has never happened before.  This is very important.  Trade lawyers outside Canada (and inside Canada) will be shocked by the steps being taken in Canada during an active antidumping proceeding. On October 16, 2016, the Department of Finance asked the Canadian International Trade Tribunal to commence a section 18 (of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal… 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

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 To File A Complaint Against The Canada Border Services Agency

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, Immigration law, Imports Restrictions, NEXUS

In writing this blog post, we are not advocating filing baseless, frivolous, vexatious and retaliatory complaints against Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) officers. However, we have learned from the experience of our clients that some legitimate complaints arise from time-to-time.  It is in the spirit of transparency and openness that we have decided to write… Continue Reading

Minister Responsible For The CBSA Does Not Understand How Canada’s Antidumping Law Works

Posted in Anti-Trust/Competition Law, Trade Remedies

Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Ralph Goodale) is responsible for the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”).  On September 20, 2016, Minister Goodale was asked about the antidumping case against gypsum board from the United States being imported/consumed/used in Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon and Northwest Territories).  Minister Goodale made… 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