We have seen cases where the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) has taken away a Canadian citizen’s NEXUS card due to non-essential travel by the individual. In particular, where the Canadian citizen traveled by car to the United States for what the CBSA determined to be non-essential reasons, the CBSA officer at the land border
CUSMA/USMCA : U.S. issues Updated Interim Implementing Instructions: Automotive
The Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA or USMCA) will introduce new and complex requirements for the automotive industry. Not only will vehicle producers face increased Regional Value Content requirements starting July 1, 2020, but they will be required to meet the following requirements:
- minimum purchase requirements for North American steel and aluminum;
- labour value content requirements
Are you ready for the July 1 implementation of the CANADA-UNITED STATES-MEXICO AGREEMENT (CUSMA/USMCA)?
The Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), also referred to as the United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA), comes into effect on July 1, 2020. Are you ready?
The full CUSMA Agreement was signed in November of 2018, and later amended in December 2019. In April of this year each of the three parties notified that they had completed…
CBSA Extends Trade Compliance Suspension Until Further Notice
On March 26, 2020, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) notified certain importers under verification that the CBSA was temporarily suspending trade compliance activities due to COVID-19 – see The CBSA Temporarily Suspends Trade Compliance Activities due to COVID-19.
On May 19, 2020, importers received an update from the CBSA informing external stakeholders that…
Refer to the CBSA’s New CUSMA Page for Implementation News
The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) has created a new dedicated Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (“CUMSA”) web-page on which implementation information will be posted to assist importers and exporters. CUSMA / USMCA / NAFTA 2.0 is scheduled to enter into force on July 1, 2020 and there will be no transition period. This means that importers…
Food Importers into Canada Require Safe Food for Canadians Import License
With few exceptions, those importing food into Canada now or soon (July 15, 2020) will require an import license issued pursuant to the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations:
- The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations issued pursuant to the Safe Food for Canadians Act (“SFCA”) came into force on January 15, 2019.
What are the top 10 COVID-19 remote working issues for Canadian importers?
Many Canadian import businesses have implemented remote working arrangements for employees as a result of COVID-19 government directives. Social distancing in business organizations can give rise to costly mistakes because business is not as usual. Importers have to adjust to the new normal and identify new (and existing) business risks. Most employees and managers are…
Mandatory Paperless Export Reporting is Coming Soon
As of June 30, 2020, Canadian exporters will no longer be able to file paper copies of the B13A Export Declaration Form or use the CAED system to report exports of commercial goods. Canada’s export reporting will be paperless.
Exporters and customs service providers must be prepared and ready as of June 30, 2020…
No Judicial Review Available if CBSA Calculates Dumping Margin Incorrectly
On March 31, 2020, Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal (“FCA”) released its decision in Angang Steel Company Limited v. Attorney General (Canada) et al., 2020 FCA 67 in which it dismissed a judicial review of the Canada Border Services Agency’s (“CBSA”) final calculation of a dumping margin for Angang in the dumping investigation against corrosion-resistant…
Can I export humanitarian goods from Canada to a Sanctioned Country?
During the COVID-19 global pandemic, an important humanitarian issue has arisen for individuals (friends and family), companies, and non-governmental organizations. Many Canadians and residents in Canada have asked whether they can export humanitarian goods (including personal protective equipment (“PPE”)) to countries against whom Canada has imposed sanctions (called “Sanctioned Countries”). Canada clearly exempts humanitarian activities.…