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CBSA Announces 2017 Trade Verification Priorities

As has become its customary practice at this time of the year, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has published its trade verification (audit) priorities for the coming year. The audits will cover three programs that...more

1/17/2017  /  Canada , CBSA , GST , Imports , Tariffs

Proposed Tariff Elimination for Certain Agri-Food Ingredients

In Budget 2016: Growing the Middle Class, the Government of Canada announced its intention to eliminate customs duties on imports of certain food manufacturing ingredients, excluding supply-managed (TRQ) products. This...more

The Gap, the Trap and the Binding Spring - The Bri-Chem trilogy, the rule of law and self-corrections of revenue-neutral tariff...

In three decisions released concurrently by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) on September 18, 2015 (collectively referred to as the Bri-Chem trilogy), the CITT instructed the Canada Border Services Agency...more

Canadian International Trade Tribunal Declares CBSA Abusive and Directs CBSA to Follow its Decisions

On September 18, 2015, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) released three decisions concurrently (collectively referred to as the Bri-Chem trilogy) that instruct the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to apply...more

CBSA Updates its 2015 Trade Verification/Audit Targets

This month, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) updated its customs compliance verification priorities for 2015. Trade program verifications of tariff classification, customs valuation and origin are not limited to...more

7/10/2015  /  Audits , Canada , CBSA , Customs , Importers , Imports , Tariffs , Valuation

Transfer Pricing Customs Duty Refund Applications – Let’s Do it Right

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has informed the Canadian importing community that importers may be entitled to obtain customs duty refunds in connection with downward transfer pricing adjustments having the effect...more

3/12/2015  /  Canada , CBSA , Customs , Imports , Transfer Pricing

Canadian Importers May Now Seek Import Duty Refunds

Since the introduction of the Transaction Value System of customs valuation by Canada on January 1, 1985, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has maintained a stated policy of denying refund claims of related party...more

1/19/2015  /  Canada , CBSA , Customs , Duties , Importers , Imports

Summer Musings about Canadian Customs Regulations

These are relatively quiet times for new, impactful Canadian customs regulations, but a few recent postings are of note....more

Canada Selectively Withdraws GPT Benefits

On December 22, 2012, the Canadian government solicited views on the withdrawal of general preferential tariff (GPT) status from imports of beneficiary countries. It was proposed that the withdrawal would be discriminatory to...more

4/2/2013  /  Canada , Exports , Imports , Tariffs

Frito-Lay: CITT Lays Down the Law

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal decision in Frito-Lay v. President of the CBSA, AP-2010-002 (December 21, 2012), reasons January 8, 2013, teaches Canadian importers and the CBSA a number of important lessons. Three...more

3/12/2013  /  Imports , NAFTA , Tariffs

Multi-nationals Beware! Customs Evidentiary Burden of Proof

On January 4, 2013, the federal Canadian tribunal with appellate jurisdiction relating to customs valuation, among other subjects, schooled multi-nationals on their obligations to meet the evidentiary burden of proof relating...more

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