CARM: What all importers need to know about CARM

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Are you on the list of customs verification priorities?

The latest semi-annual list of verification priorities for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has been released.

New to the list is LED lamps, Heading 85.39, which was added as a verification priority in May 2020:

LED Lamps

The list also includes many items that have appeared on previous lists:

  • Disposable and Protective Gloves, Subheadings 3926.20 and 4015.19
  • Furniture for non-domestic purposes, Headings 94.01 and 94.03
  • Parts of machines and mechanical appliances, Heading 84.79
  • Pickled vegetables, Heading 20.01
  • Safety headgear, Subheading 6506.10
  • Spent Fowl, Headings 02.07, 16.01 and 16.02

Chapters 2 and 4 remain on the tariff classification list for Import Permit Numbers.  The risk identified is that imported goods could be classified under “within access commitment” tariff items within Chapter 2 (meat of bovine animals and poultry) and Chapter 4 (dairy products), without the required import permit number on the declaration.

With respect to valuation, there are two continued items:

  • Apparel, Chapters 61 and 62
  • Footwear, Chapter 64 

For origin, there is one continued item:

  • Bedding and Drapery, Headings 63.01, 63.02 and 63.03

CBSA also maintains a historical verification priorities list, which should be reviewed by all importers as they will likely circle back to these reviews in order to ensure compliance.

Both the current and historical items contain information as to the risk assessment and results of the verification priority.  As an example, following are the results of the 2018 Olive Oil verifications:

Olive Oil

The next list of priorities is expected in January 2021.

For more information, contact Brian Rowe, Director – Customs Compliance & Regulatory Affairs.

Quick Tip #61
Understand why AMPS is so important

The Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) was introduced by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) effective October 7, 2002. The master penalty document outlines 181 contraventions and the responsibility for these contraventions has been downloaded to the Canadian importers and exporters.

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