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

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%

Today (September 11, 2019), President Trump announced a short reprieve for goods on Lists 1, 2 and 3. The 301 tariff on those Chinese goods will still rise from 25% to 30%, but now instead of that happening on October 1, 2019, the effective date will be October 15, 2019. The stated reason for the

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in August 2019

Much has been said recently in the general press about the latest round of tariffs and what did or did not prompt President Trump to decide that August 1st was the right time to impose an additional 10% on the goods from China on the

PS – The links USTR originally provided to List 4A and List 4B which are found below, are no longer available. In their place, please see 84 FR 43304 published August 20, 2019 or https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/301Investigations/Notice_of_Modification_%28List_4A_and_List_4B%29.pdf.

While the Federal Register notice containing all the relevant details has yet to be published, today, the U.S. Trade Representative

The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) has the power to issue fines of up to $CDN 1,300 if you fail to report meat in your possession.  The CBSA has the authority to examine goods in the possession on travelers arriving in Canada and airports, land border crossings and at other ports of entry. The CBSA

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.

Be careful what you purchase online on sites such as eBay, Kijiji, Craigslist, etc.  If the goods that are shipped to you by a vendor outside North America are counterfeit, you may receive a letter from Customs and Border Protection (“USCBP”) or the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) notifying you that your NEXUS membership has

On July 10, 2019, Bill C-21 “An Act to amend the Customs Act” entered into effect. On July 10, 2019, the Governor in Council published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, SI-2019-44 “Order Fixing the day on which this Order is made as the day on which that Act comes into Force” (PC-2019-904) and