CARM: What all importers need to know about CARM

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Are you on the list of customs verification priorities?


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The latest semi-annual list of verification priorities for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has been released.  It includes many items that have appeared on previous lists:

  • Articles of plastics, Subheading 3926.90
  • Batteries, Heading 85.06
  • Olive oil, Headings 15.09 and 15.10
  • Bags, Heading 42.02
  • Mountings and Fittings, Suitable for Furniture, Heading 83.02
  • Air Heaters and Hot Air Distributors, Heading 73.22
  • Pasta, Heading 19.02
  • Safety headgear, Subheading 6506.10
  • Disposable and Protective Gloves, Subheadings 3926.20 and 4015.19

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 2017 Spent fowl verifications:

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The next list of priorities is expected in July 2020.

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

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