Canada-U.S. Blog Trade Lawyers Cyndee Todgham Cherniak and Susan K. Ross

Tag Archives: CBSA

The Canada Border Services Agency Has Authority To Seize Hate Propaganda

Posted in Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Customs Law, tariff classification

The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) is the gatekeeper and hate propaganda is a prohibited importation under item 9899.00.00.00 of the Customs Tariff (Canada).  Don’t bring hate propaganda to Canada and do not send hate propaganda to Canada and don’t attempt to import hate propaganda into Canada – unless you would like the CBSA to… Continue Reading

Can the CBSA Search My Electronic Devices?

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

We are often contacted by travelers after they have been selected (random or mandatory) for a secondary examination by the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) upon arrival at the Canadian border. Usually, the traveler had something on a laptop computer or smart phone that they did not want the CBSA to see or use against them… Continue Reading

The CBSA Should Respect Solicitor-Client Privilege At The Canadian Border

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

The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) does have an internal policy with respect to examinations and searches of lawyers who are crossing the border into Canada.  This internal policy (Operational Bulletin PRG-2014-07 “Examination of Solicitor-Client Privileged Materials”) is not publicly available on the CBSA web-site, so we posted it.  It is available through Access to… Continue Reading

Gamblers Are Often Stopped By The CBSA Who Ask Questions If Winnings Are Proceeds Of Crime

Posted in NEXUS, Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering

If you are a Canadian citizen or Canadian resident and have been lucky in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Paradise Island, Macau or other gambling destinations, be prepared to be asked questions by the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) when you return to Canada with your winnings. The CBSA sees a large amount of money and… Continue Reading

Exporters May Be Required To Complete An Export Declaration Even If The Goods Do Not Require An Export Permit

Posted in Border Security, Exports

Many Canadian companies do not know that exporters (or their freight forwarder) must complete an export declaration (Form B 13A) for any export of goods and/or technology to any country (except the United States & Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) valued over  at $CDN 2000 or more (subject to regulated exceptions).  The B… Continue Reading

August Civic Holiday: Survival Guide For Canada-US Cross Border Travel

Posted in Agriculture, Border Security, Customs Law, GST/HST, Immigration law, NEXUS, Personal Comments, Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering

The August Civic Holiday 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 and… Continue Reading

Canada Commences Review Of Carbon Welded Steel Pipe Order After WTO DSB Panel Report

Posted in Antidumping, World Trade Organization

In December 2016, Canada lost a World Trade Organization (“WTO”) dispute (Canada – Anti-Dumping Measures on Imports of Certain Carbon Steel Welded Pipe from the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (DS482)) concerning the Canadian International Trade Tribunal injury determination in the Carbon Steel Welded Pipe case NQ-2012-003 (which involved Chinese Taipei, the Republic… Continue Reading

Canada Starts AD Expiry Review Re Liquid Dielectric Transformers

Posted in Antidumping

On July 25, 2017, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (“CITT”) initiated an expiry review relating to its November 20, 2012 Order imposing antidumping duties on liquid dielectric transformers originating in or exported from South Korea (CITT File No. NQ-2012-001, continued without amendment in RD-2013-003).  The CITT Order was issued on November 20, 2012. What goods are at issue… Continue Reading

Do Not Pass GO: Forgetting Your Receipts Gets You A Ticket To CBSA Secondary Inspection

Posted in Customs Law, NEXUS, valuation

We help a lot of Canadian citizens and Canadian residents who get their NEXUS Cards revoked, confiscated or cancelled by the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”).  One issue that comes up time and time again is under-declaration because the traveler did not have all of their receipts printed and organized for primary inspection. While there… Continue Reading

Canada And Australia Mutually Recognize Trusted Traveler Programs

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

On July 25, 2017, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) announced that they had signed a Mutual Recognition Agreement with Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection.  What this means is that Australia will recognize Canada’s trusted trader program called “Partners in Protection“(“PIP”) and Canada will recognize Australia’s trusted trader program. Canada’s PIP Program is… Continue Reading

Don’t Be Surprised If The Components Of Your Good Being Shipped Triggers Export Controls Or Economic Sanctions Concerns

Posted in Export Controls & Economic Sanctions

We often receive calls from small and medium sized businesses who receive word from the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) that their to-be exported goods have been detained and that the file has been referred to Global Affairs Canada, Export Controls Division for review against Canada’s export controls and economic sanctions laws.  This happens most… Continue Reading

What Are Canada’s Tariff Codes (As At July 14, 2017)?

Posted in AMPs, Canada-EU CETA, Canada-Ukraine FTA, Customs Law, valuation

Canada does not have a single customs duty or tariff rate for all imports. Over the years, Canada has entered into a number of free trade agreements.  A tariff rate code is assigned for every free trade agreement partner because tariff elimination commitments and tariff reduction schedules cause applicable tariff rates to be different from… Continue Reading

Canada’s New AD/CVD Scope Ruling Process Allows The CBSA To Expand Subject Goods Definition

Posted in Antidumping, Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, Trade Remedies

Canada has added a new “Scope Ruling” process to Canada’s antidumping/countervailing duty regime in Bill C-44 “An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures” (also known as “Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1”). Bill C-44 received Royal Assent on June 22, 2017.  The “other measures” include… Continue Reading

A Reason For Foreign Producers To Participate In Canada’s Trade Remedies Cases

Posted in Antidumping, Trade Remedies

Bill C-44 “An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures” (also known as “Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1”) has received Royal Assent (on June 22, 2017).  The “other measures” include amendments to the Special Import Measures Act (Canada’s trade remedies law).  The measures… Continue Reading

What Should An Importer Know About Importing Industrial Hemp And Derivative Products Into Canada?

Posted in Agriculture, Customs Law, Imports Restrictions

The commercial production of industrial hemp was legalized in Canada in 1997.  Industrial hemp is different from cannibis, which the Liberal government announced would be legalized in Canada on July 1, 2018.  Canada is one of a limited number of countries that has legalized industrial hemp.  For Canadian purposes, the definition of “industrial hemp” is found… Continue Reading

Non-Resident Importers Having Difficulties Dealing With The CBSA

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, GST/HST, origin, tariff classification, valuation

Last week, I was informed by four different U.S. non-resident importers (or their representatives) that the non-resident companies were frustrated in their dealings with the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) – to the point that they may cease selling to Canadian customers.  While some of the complaints were more connected with customs brokers, many of the complaints… Continue Reading

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 (just 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