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CBSA Trade Verification Priorities updated for 2019


Your chances of being selected by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for trade compliance verification are higher if you import products on the following list of priorities, updated this month.

The latest semi-annual list identifies products that are of concern which, due to misclassification, have led to a loss of revenue for the CBSA.  Non-compliant companies will have to pay retroactive duties and, potentially, Administrative Monetary Penalties.

It includes many items that have appeared on previous lists for which new rounds have been implemented and two new products:

  • Furniture for Non-Domestic Purposes (Round 3)
  • Footwear ($30 or more per pair) (Round 4)
  • Articles of Plastics (Round 3)
  • Parts of Lamps (Round 3)
  • Safety Headgear (Round 4)
  • Import Permit Numbers (Round 2)
  • Parts of Machines and Mechanical Appliances (new)
  • Other Chemical Products (new)

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.

The next list of priorities is expected in January 2020.

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

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