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Are you on the list of Customs Verification Priorities?

Are you on the list of Customs Verification Priorities? - Route Newsletter: January 2024

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

The list includes items that have appeared on previous lists, while Pickled vegetables have been removed for 2024:

  • LED Lamps (Round 2) – Heading 85.39
  • Furniture for non-domestic purposes (Round 4) – Headings 94.01 and 94.03
  • Parts of machines and mechanical appliances (Round 2) – Heading 84.79
  • Bags (Round 2) – Heading 42.02
  • Spent Fowl (Round 3) – Headings 02.07, 16.01 and 16.02
  • Cell phone cases (Round 3) – Headings 39.26, 42.02 and 85.17

When a verification priority has been completed (or additional rounds added due to high levels of non-compliance), the CBSA posts the risk assessment and general verification results.  As an example, see below in regard to the misclassification of Safety headgear:

Are you on the list of Customs Verification Priorities? - Safety Headgear - Route Newsletter: January 2024

With respect to valuation, there is one continued item:

  • Apparel (Round 4) – Chapters 61 and 62

For origin, there is one priority at this time:

  • Bedding and drapery – HS 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.

The next list of priorities is expected in July 2024.

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

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