ARGO Customs Clarifies the May 5 Certain Goods Remission Order

May 20, 2020 – Toronto, ON – Regulations on the importation of goods into Canada are changing rapidly due to the Coronavirus outbreak, and the Canadian importation specialists at ARGO Customs want to help importers understand the latest order from the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA).  Notice CN 20-19, issued on May 5, 2020, substantially expands on the goods eligible for customs duty relief, making it easier and more attractive to import these vital goods.

The order covers a wide variety of medical goods and products, including but not limited to:

  • Face masks, with or without a filter
  • Disposable plastic and rubber medical gloves
  • Protective garments made of plastics, rubber, cotton, and other materials
  • Sterilizing products such as isopropyl alcohol and soaps
  • Disposable sundries such as biohazard bags

Companies importing these products, in accordance to regulation, will be eligible for relief of the standard importation duties for as long as this order remains in effect.  Importers can claim the relief at time of importation, or within two years of the importation date.

To file a claim, proper evidence and documentation will be required.  This includes the original Form B3-3, sales invoices, contracts, bills of lading, and other official documentation.

It is important to recognize that these duty waivers are not retroactive.  For goods to be eligible, they must have been imported after May 5, 2020.  Any goods imported prior to the adoption of CN 20-19 will still owe duties as normal.

Keeping up with the rapid changes to Canadian importation laws can be difficult, with new laws and advisories coming on a weekly basis.  ARGO Customs recommends importers partner with a qualified customs broker to help ensure they are always fully compliant with the latest regulations.

About ARGO Customs

ARGO Customs specializes in easing the process of importing goods into Canada, as well as facilitating exports.  Their team of world-class shipping advisors are familiar with customs regulations around the globe, while also keeping up with the latest in Canadian importation rules.  Regardless of the size of the company or shipment, ARGO Customs will see it delivered in the shortest possible time, without mishap.

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