We now know the dated that the Canada-United States- Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) (or USMCA under US terminology) will enter into effect to replace the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): July 1, 2020.  This does not mean that the governments are ready to enforce CUSMA – Canada, United States and Mexico must now negotiate and

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in April 2020

We are clearly in unchartered territory at the moment, and most people have the same question – when will things get back to normal? Right now, the truth is no one knows, so all we can concentrate on is the work we have and how

On April 3, 2020, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) published Customs Notice 20-14 “Implementation of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA)” in which the CBSA discusses the new Certification of Origin requirements under CUSMA and the new tariff codes.  When CUSMA enters into effect (the implementation date is not yet set), the rules for Canadian

On April 3, 2020, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) published Customs Notice 20-14 “Implementation of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA)” in which the CBSA makes it clear that NAFTA origin advance rulings will no longer be valid when CUSMA enters into effect.

Importers who have an advance ruling might not be able to rely

On April 4, 2020, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) published Customs Notice 20-15 “Increase to the Low Value Shipment (LVS) Threshold for Goods Imported into Canada” in which it confirmed that the LVS threshold would increase to CDN $3,300 when the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) (also known as NAFTA 2.0 and USMCA) comes into

In a recent decision on March 19, 2020, the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal (“FCA”) determined in the decision of Attorney General of Canada and Honey Fashions Ltd, 2020 FCA 64 [Canada v. Honey Fashions] that the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) acted unreasonably when it denied a request to designate Honey

On March 30, 2020, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) published Customs Notice 20-12 “COVID-19: Tariff Classification and Other Information to Import Medical Supplies”. This is welcomed and I for one am very proud of the CBSA for releasing this information – THANK YOU!

In this extremely helpful Customs Notice, the CBSA provides their

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