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COVID-19 Duty Remission Order expires May 7, 2022

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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) issued the Certain Goods Remission Order (COVID-19): SOR/2020-101 with effect May 5, 2020, to remove import duty on a variety of HS tariff classifications during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Certain Goods Remission Order has now been repealed and will no longer be in effect after May 7, 2022.

Remission of duty was temporarily granted for classifications listed in the Certain Goods Remission Order (COVID-19) SOR-2020-101, under the following conditions:



the good was imported into Canada on or after May 5, 2020, and subject to customs duties;



no other claim for relief of the customs duties has been granted under the Customs Tariff in respect of the good;



the importer files, on request, the evidence or information that the Canada Border Services Agency requires to determine eligibility for remission;



the importer agrees that it is subject, at any time, including after remission relief is provided, to review by the Canada Border Services Agency for the purpose of determining whether the information supplied by the importer under paragraph (c) is accurate and complete and whether the facts on which the Canada Border Services Agency relied or intends to rely to determine the eligibility for remission remain unchanged in all material respects; and



at the time when the Canada Border Services Agency conducts the review referred to in paragraph (d), the Canada Border Services Agency must be able to conclude that the information supplied remains accurate and complete and that the facts remain unchanged in all material respects.

The relief of customs duties applies to eligible goods, as per the conditions found in SOR-2020-101, imported from May 5, 2020, to May 7, 2022, inclusively.  This relief could be claimed at the time of importation or within two years of the date of importation.  For clients of Universal Logistics, this relief was automatically applied at the time of import, based upon valid HS tariff classification.

If you have any questions, or feel your goods should have been imported under the provisions of the Certain Goods Remission Order, please contact Brian Rowe, Director – Customs Compliance & Regulatory Affairs. 1213.

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