Direct sellers (also known as network sellers) enter the lucrative Canadian market, often without asking questions about whether there are any Canadian laws they should know about. Canadians sign up as independent sales contractors and start to build their sales networks before all questions are asked and answers are received about compliance with Canadian laws. 

The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) conducts verifications (also known as audits) to verify compliance with Canadian customs laws.  Importers self-report relevant and detailed information about their imports either directly or through customs brokers.  The CBSA conducts verifications to ensure that the information is correct and that the importer has paid the correct amount of

The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) has released its H2 2019 customs verification priories.  The valuation verification (also known as an audit) targets are apparel and footwear.  This is the third round of audit targeting for apparel and the second round of audit targeting for footwear.  If you import the items, you should expect

On March 20, 2019, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (“CITT”) released its reasons for allowing the “Instant Noodles” tariff classification appeal.  In Anderson Watts Inc. v. The President of the Canada Border Services Agency, AP-2018-003, the CITT held that various Instant Noodles were pasta (tariff item No. 1902.30.20 (within access commitment) or under tariff

The use of cannabis is legal in Canada. The Cannabis Act, Bill C-45, was passed by Canada’s House of Commons on November 27, 2018 and the Senate on June 7, 2018.  Bill C-45 received royal assent on June 21, 2018.  Most provisions of the Cannabis Act entered into force on October 17, 2018.

On May 10, 2019, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) posted Customs Notice 19-08 “Final Safeguard Measures on the Importation of Certain Steel Goods”.  Effective May 13, 2019, Canada will impose definitive safeguard duties on Heavy Plate and Stainless Steel Wire for a period of 3 years. Canada is imposing tariff rate quotas

At midnight, the United States increased tariff rates on many goods from China from 10% to 25% (referred to as the “U.S. Trump Tariffs”).  The U.S. Trump Tariffs are a form of customs duty that is payable by the importer and is passed on to U.S. consumers.

As a result of the new higher U.S.

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This is a common problem – too common.  The people in the company responsible for customs and trade compliance do not work closely with the computer programmers as software is being developed — and mistakes are made.  The computer programmer does his or her job in preparing the code, but does not have any

In early January 2018, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) issued its January 2018 Trade Compliance Verification Priorities.  Twice a year, the CBSA posts trade compliance verification priorities for tariff classification, origin and valuation.  In the January 2018 Trade Compliance Verification priorities, the CBSA has hidden on page 44 a new target – “Import

Many U.S. and foreign companies that sell goods on Internet-based retail platforms (both in-house platforms and Amazon-type platforms) should ask more questions as they access Canada’s consumer market.  Often, the first question asked by the foreign company is how to access the Canadian market (as they see dollar signs).  After they foreign company figures out