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Tag Archives: CBSA

Are You Asking The Right Questions When You Travel With Electronic Devices?

Posted in Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Corporate Counsel

  Technology is wonderful. Laptop computers are getting lighter.  Storage capacity on laptop computers, smart phones, USB keys and other electronic devices are up in the terabytes.   You can travel with your electronic devices and no one will know you are not in the office. What this means is that we can travel with vast… Continue Reading

Are You Ready To Benefit From The Canada-EU CETA?

Posted in Agriculture, Canada's Federal Government, Canada-EU CETA, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Imports Restrictions, origin, tariff classification

On September 14, 2017, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) issued Customs Notice 17-30 “Implementation of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement”, which sets out some of the final administrative details needed before duty-free imports are processed starting on September 21, 2017.  These final details supplement the Canada-EU CETA text, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Canada-EU CETA, Canada-Ukraine FTA, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, origin

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

Why The U.S. Should Want To Keep NAFTA Chapter 19: Canada’s FCA Significantly Limits Judicial Review in Trade Remedies Cases

Posted in Antidumping, Legal Developments, NAFTA Renegotiations, Trade Remedies

On August 29, 2017, Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal (the second highest court in Canada) issued two decisions dismissing two judicial reviews (one filed by a Korean exporter and the other filed by a Canadian producer) of Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) antidumping calculations on grounds of a lack of jurisdiction.  These cases and the… Continue Reading

What Are the CBSA’s Customs Verification Priorities for H2 2017?

Posted in Customs Law, origin, tariff classification, valuation

In July, 2017, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) released “Tariff Compliance Verifications – July 2017”.  What are “Tariff Compliance Verifications”? Tariff compliance verifications are CBSA customs audits during which the CBSA ensures that importers are using the proper tariff classification (HS Code) numbers when completing import documentation. If you are making mistakes, the CBSA… Continue Reading

Canada Initiates New Antidumping/Subsidy Case Against PET Resin from China, Oman, India and Pakistan

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

On August 18, 2017, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) issued a Notice of Initiation stating that it has initiated both an antidumping investigation and a subsidy investigation against PET Resin from China, India, Oman and Pakistan. The subject goods are defined as follows: “Polyethylene terephthalate (“PET”) resin having an intrinsic viscosity of at least… Continue Reading

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