In normal times, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) conducts verifications (audits) of importers to ensure that they are in compliance with Canadian customs laws (e.g., origin, tariff classification, valuation, etc.).  On March 26, 2020, we received the following notification from a CBSA Trade Compliance Officer with whom we are engaged on a file:

“Due

On March 16, 2020, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) issued Customs Notice 20-08 “Imported Goods for Emergency Use in Response to COVID-19”, which discusses the circumstances where customs duty and goods and services tax (“GST”) /harmonized sales tax (“HST”) and excise tax relief will be granted for goods imported into Canada that will

On March 18, 2020, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) issued Customs Notice 20-09 “Changes in Requesting an Extension to the 90-day Period to Submit Corrections” in which the deadline for filing corrections is automatically extended by 30 days. Normally, when the CBSA issues a final report to an importer under audit (called a “trade

On March 19, 2020, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) released Customs Notice 20-10 “Waiver of Late accounting Penalties”  granting relief during the COVID-19 crisis.  The notice provides that certain late fees (also known as administrative monetary penalties (“AMPs”)) and late accounting penalties are being waived for transactions released between March 11, 2020, to May

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in November 2019

If one listens to the press, the only thing going on in D.C. right now is the impeachment hearing.  However, in reality, life goes on pretty much as before.  The various agencies continue their work, perhaps with somewhat different priorities, and international traders continue buying

The original Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (known as the “CIFTA”) entered into effect on January 1, 1997.  It was a limited free trade agreement. The CIFTA was previously amended on July 5, 2002 and November 1, 2003.  On May 28, 2018, Canada and Israel again amended the CIFTA by signing the Canada-Israel Free Trade Amending

To this point, nothing official has been published about changes to the 301 tariffs on Chinese goods, not even a Tweet!  What has circulated is the comments from President Trump on October 11 from the White House that negotiations with the Chinese were going well enough that the rise in tariffs from 25% to 30%

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in October 2019

As the deadline to file List 3 exclusions requests for goods from China (the 301 investigation) has now expired, there is the opportunity to take a bit of a deep breath and survey the trade landscape. Doing so serves as a reminder, there is much