Notice of extension of re-investigation: Copper pipe fittings

Argo Customs Brokers is pleased to present pertinent points from a notice issued by the Canada Border Services Agency. The notice titled Notice of extension of re-investigation: Copper pipe fittings (CPF 2023 RI) was published on May 17, 2023.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has extended the re-investigation to update the normal values and export prices of certain copper pipe fittings from the United States, South Korea, and China and the amounts of subsidy for certain copper pipe fittings from China.

The re-investigation has been extended by 28 days due to the complexity and novelty of the issues presented by the re-investigation. The re-investigation will now conclude by August 17, 2023.

The revised re-investigation schedule is now available.

The subject goods are defined as:

“Solder joint pressure pipe fittings and solder joint drainage, waste, and vent pipe fittings, made of cast copper alloy, wrought copper alloy, or wrought copper, for use in heating, plumbing, air conditioning, and refrigeration applications, originating in/or exported from the United States of America, the Republic of Korea, and the People’s Republic of China.”

Exclusions

The Tribunal excluded the following copper pipe fittings from its injury findings:

  1. 4 cast drainage lead 8 oz. closet flange;
  2. 4 cast drainage 14 oz. lead closet flange; and
  3. Copper-iron high-pressure alloy fittings manufactured with UNS C19400 grade copper alloy and with safe working pressure up to 1,740 psi.

Key Takeaways

  • This is an extension of an investigation that was initiated on February 15, 2023. None of the parameters of the investigation have changed since its inception.

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Argo Customs Brokers is Available to Assist

If you are an individual or represent a company that is involved with importing copper pipe fittings, ARGO Customs brokers can provide assistance. The team at Argo Customs Brokers is always available to answer questions about importing and exporting and can help you understand the effect that this extension can have on your plans. All inquiries are welcome.

Importing Boats for Personal Use

Before you purchase goods while abroad or complete your mail or online order, be aware of Canadian regulations and duties on boats.

Marine pleasure crafts include any kind of vessel, such as boats, fishing boats, yachts, dinghies, tenders, motorboats, sailboats, personal watercraft, etc., as long as they are used for non-commercial purposes.

If you are a Canadian resident importing a marine pleasure craft, you must report your purchase to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) upon entering the country.

ARGO Customs Brokers will check the duty for you and estimate your expenses before you complete your orders.

Importing at a Land Border Crossing

If you are importing a marine pleasure craft at a land border crossing, you must declare it to the border services officer; all processing will take place at that location. You must also declare the boat trailer if you have purchased one with the vessel. Please ensure that you have the bill of sale and proof of ownership ready to present to the officer.

Travellers towing watercraft and equipment across borders must ensure that they are not unintentionally transporting zebra or quagga mussels.

Importing at a Marine Border Crossing

If you are importing your marine pleasure craft into Canada over water, you must report to a designated marine site and call the CBSA telephone reporting centre (TRC) at 1-888-226-7277 immediately upon your arrival. You must declare the importation of the vessel to the border services officer at the TRC and follow his or her instructions. If processing cannot take place at the marina, you may be required to report to the closest CBSA office, where you will need to pay any applicable duty and taxes. Please ensure that you have the bill of sale and proof of ownership ready to present to the officer.

For more detailed information on licensing and registering marine pleasure crafts, please visit the Service Canada and Transport Canada Web sites.

You are obligated by law to declare the importation of your marine pleasure craft to the CBSA upon its initial arrival in Canada and pay all applicable duty and taxes, regardless of where the vessel is licensed or registered. Failure to do so may result in penalties or other legal action being taken against you. As of September 1, 2022, a luxury tax applies to select vessels that have a taxable amount over $250,000. For more information, refer to Luxury tax – Canada.ca

It is recommended that you keep proof of your CBSA declaration or payment of duty and taxes on board the marine pleasure craft for future reference, particularly if you take frequent trips outside Canada.

If the process of importing your boat(s) to Canada seems complicated, let Argo Customs Brokers help. We offer free consultations to help make the process as smooth as possible. Contact us today for more information.

Helpful Links

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

Learn more about zebra or quagga mussels here: Towing watercraft and equipment across borders

Telephone Reporting Site/Marine (TRS/M)

Luxury Tax – Canada.ca

Prepare Your Public Sector Organization for CARM 2

Release 2 of the CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) project will bring about many important changes for your organization.

The CBSA is hosting CARM webinars for various public sector client groups to help you understand the upcoming changes with CARM and how to prepare. These sessions will include a presentation on these changes, as well as a live question and answer period.

If you are a public sector organization, we encourage you to register to ensure that your organization is prepared for CARM Release 2 in October 2023.

Your organization should attend the webinar even if you use the ARGO Customs Broker or Trade Services Advisor. Your relationship with us will not change, but there is organization-specific information and processes that organizations need to be aware of.

The following table lists the upcoming sessions. We encourage all public sector organizations to attend these sessions and engage with CARM.

Webinar Schedule

CARM Webinar for Post-Secondary Institutions:
Thursday, April 27, 2023
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST
CARM Webinar for Provincial Government Organizations:
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST
CARM Webinar for Municipal Organizations:
Thursday, May 11, 2023
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST
CARM Webinar for Hospitals:
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST
CARM Webinar for School Boards:
Thursday, May 18, 2023
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST

For more information and registration, please contact CARM Engagement at CBSA.CARM_Engagement-Engagement_de_la_GCRA.ASFC@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.

About the CARM Project

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) project is a multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative to modernize and enhance the agency’s capacity to manage its revenues. The project aims to improve the CBSA’s ability to collect, assess, and manage duties and taxes while also providing a better client experience.

The CARM project includes a number of components, including:

  • A new, modernized system for managing revenue collections;
  • Improved data collection and analytics capabilities;
  • Improved information sharing between the CBSA and other federal departments;
  • Enhanced reporting capabilities; and
  • Improved training and support for CBSA staff.

The CARM project is expected to improve the accuracy and efficiency of the CBSA’s revenue collections as well as provide enhanced visibility into the status of collections and payments. In addition, the project will help the CBSA ensure compliance with international trade agreements as well as identify and address any potential revenue leakage.

The project will be implemented in phases. The first phase includes the development of the new system, data collection and analytics capabilities, and improved information sharing. The second phase will focus on improved reporting capabilities, enhanced training and support for CBSA staff, and improved analysis of revenue collections.

The CARM project is a significant step forward in the CBSA’s efforts to modernize its systems and optimize its revenue collection processes. The project is expected to improve the CBSA’s ability to manage its revenues, while also providing a better client experience.

About ARGO Customs Brokers

Argo Customs Brokers Ltd. is a full-service customs broker in Ontario, Canada. They provide a complete range of customs services, including customs clearance, customs consulting, and warehousing and distribution. They specialize in the clearance of goods imported into and exported from Canada.

Argo Customs Brokers has been providing customs brokerage services since 1988. They offer a knowledgeable and experienced staff that is dedicated to providing the highest level of service to their customers. Their experienced staff is well-versed in the customs regulations and procedures in Canada and the US. The company is a member of the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers and is accredited with the Canada Border Services Agency.

Argo Customs Brokers offers a variety of services to its customers. These include customs clearance, customs consulting, warehousing, and distribution services. They also offer shipment tracking and tracing services, as well as a variety of other specialized services.

Argo Customs Brokers Ltd. is committed to providing their customers with the highest quality of service and expertise. They strive to build and maintain long-term relationships with their clients by providing them with reliable and cost-efficient customs solutions.

The Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA): What importers need to know

Argo Customs Brokers is dedicated to maintaining clear communication with their customers and those who wish to keep themselves informed about important importing and exporting regulations. As such, we present pertinent points from a news release issued by the Canada Border Services Agency.

The customs notice titled Implementation of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) was published on April 3, 2020.

The Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) entered into force on July 1, 2020, replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). There was no transition period.

Since CUSMA came into effect, the CBSA has applied the LVS threshold consistently across all commercial programs, regardless of the mode, stream of importation, or free trade agreement under which a preferential tariff treatment is claimed. It is not limited to the Courier Low Value Shipment Program.

The certification of origin under the CUSMA has no prescribed format and only requires a set of minimum data elements that indicate that the good is an originating good. These elements include:

  • identification and address of the certifier
  • exporter
  • producer
  • importer
  • description of the good
  • rule of origin

The certification of origin may be completed by either the exporter, producer, or importer of the goods and may be placed on an invoice or any other document. Furthermore, the certification of origin may be completed, signed, and submitted electronically.

You can download the CUSMA Certificate from our Forms page, and we can assist you with how to fill it out.

To claim the preferential tariff treatment under the CUSMA, importers must have in their possession the CUSMA certification of origin completed by either the exporter, the producer, or the importer at the time of importation.

Goods imported prior to July 1, 2020 for which the NAFTA preferential tariff treatment was claimed could be subject to a compliance verification or be eligible for a refund in line with the provisions of the NAFTA after July 1, 2020. For goods that claimed NAFTA preferential tariff treatment, the CUSMA provides that the NAFTA Chapter Five Customs Procedures remain applicable, including NAFTA Article 505 for the record keeping period of the country of import. For Canada, records must be kept for a period of six years from the date of importation.

Key Takeaways

  • The Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) entered into force on July 1, 2020, replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). There is no transition period.
  • Any claims for preferential tariff treatment must satisfy the rules of origin requirements of the CUSMA. For many goods, however, there are no differences between the NAFTA and the CUSMA rules of origin.
  • The importer may claim the preferential tariff treatment under the CUSMA for goods released on or after July 1, 2020. It is not possible to claim the preferential tariff treatment under NAFTA for goods released after July 1, 2020.
  • The CBSA does not require a certification of origin to claim preferential tariff treatment where the value for duty does not exceed $3,300. Certain conditions apply, please refer to Customs Notice 20-15: Increase to the Low Value Shipment (LVS) Threshold and Simplification to the Proof of Origin Requirements for Goods Imported into Canada, for details.

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Argo Customs Brokers is Available to Assist

If you are an individual or represent a company that is involved with importing goods affected by the CUSMA, ARGO Customs brokers can provide the form and assist with filling it out. The team at Argo Customs Brokers is always available to answer questions about importing and exporting and can help you understand the effect that this agreement can have on your plans. All inquiries are welcome.

Submit Your Customs Declaration in Advance and Save Time at the Airport

Argo Customs Brokers is dedicated to maintaining clear communication with their customers and those who wish to keep themselves informed about important importing and exporting regulations. As such, we present pertinent points from a news release issued by the Canada Border Services Agency.

As of February 28, 2023, Advance Declaration was made available to all travellers arriving on international flights at the Ottawa International Airport (YOW) and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ). Express lanes are also available in both airports’ customs areas, allowing travellers who complete their Advance Declaration to skip long line-ups at the Primary Inspection Kiosks (PIK).

The Advance Declaration provides travellers with the option to submit their customs and immigration declaration, using the ArriveCAN app, up to 72 hours in advance of their arrival in Canada. Travellers can now spend less time at PIKs when they arrive at the airport, resulting in shorter wait times at the border.

In an effort to modernize and expedite the travel experience, Advance Declaration has already been implemented for travellers arriving on international flights at the following Canadian airports:

  • Toronto Pearson
  • Montreal-Trudeau
  • Winnipeg Richardson
  • Vancouver
  • Halifax Stanfield
  • Québec City Jean-Lesage
  • Calgary

The digital tool will also become available to travellers arriving at Edmonton International Airport in the coming weeks.

 

Advance Declaration is part of CBSA’s Traveller Modernization Initiative, which is being implemented over the coming years. Modernizing the travel experience includes the use of digital technologies and tools for both travellers and border service officers.

 

“With Advance Declaration and express lanes now available at Billy Bishop Toronto City and Ottawa International Airports, we are keeping our border secure while providing a better and faster experience for travellers. This is another example of how the CBSA is modernizing the border, and we are happy to be working with Ports Toronto and Ottawa International Airport Authority to make this option available to travellers.” –Eric Lapierre, Regional Director General, Northern Ontario Region, CBSA and Lisa Janes, Regional Director General, Greater Toronto Area Region, CBSA

 

Key Takeaways

  • Early usage data shows that using the Advance Declaration feature in ArriveCAN cuts the amount of time a traveller spends at a PIK or eGate by roughly one third.
  • A traveller can submit a customs and immigration declaration at any point within 72 hours before their arrival in Canada. Travellers can also edit their declaration, if needed, at the airport kiosk once they arrive. The declaration is not finalized until it has been confirmed at the airport kiosk.
  • Personal information provided by travellers through ArriveCAN is protected under the Privacy Act. For more information, see the ArriveCAN privacy notice. Advance CBSA Declaration has an additional privacy notice that is presented to users upon accessing the feature. It offers end-to-end encryption for information the traveller transmits to the CBSA in advance of their arrival in Canada.

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Argo Customs Brokers Is Available to Assist

If you or your company are affected by these new regulations, ARGO Customs Brokers would be happy to speak with you about how they may apply. The team at Argo Customs Brokers is always available to answer questions and can help you understand the effect that these regulations may have on your plans. All inquiries are welcome.

Paying Duty and/or Taxes on Imported Goods

Argo Customs Brokers is dedicated to maintaining clear communication with their customers and those who wish to keep themselves informed about important importing and exporting regulations. As such, we present pertinent points from documents issued by the Canada Border Services Agency.

Any item mailed to Canada may be subject to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and/or duty. Unless specifically exempted, you must pay the 5% GST on items you import into Canada by mail. The CBSA calculates any duties owed based on the value of the goods in Canadian funds. The duty rates vary according to the type of goods you are importing and the country from which they came or in which they were made. Depending on the goods or their value, some other taxes may apply, such as excise duty or excise tax on luxury items.

ARGO Customs Brokers recently implemented an updated and easy to use duty and tax calculator. It is a very useful tool to estimate how much you’d pay to the CBSA for your goods.

Some goods could be subject to Special Import Measures Act (SIMA) duty, so along with using the duty and tax calculator, it’s good to check with ARGO Brokers to determine if any SIMA duty is involved.

Duty is a tariff payable on an item imported to Canada. Rates of duty are established by
the Department of Finance Canada and can vary significantly
from one trade agreement to another
~ CBSA

Key Takeaways

  • All international mail coming into Canada is subject to review by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The CBSA determines whether the goods may enter Canada and if any duty and/or taxes apply.
  • Duty is a tariff payable on an item imported to Canada. Rates of duty are established by the Department of Finance Canada and can vary significantly from one trade agreement to another.
  • Most imported goods are also subject to the federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Provincial Sales Tax (PST) or, in certain provinces and territories, the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).
  • The amount of duty or taxes you may owe on an item also depends upon the following:
    • the item’s value in Canadian dollars;
    • whether or not the item is a gift; and
    • any exemptions specified in related legislation.

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Argo Customs Brokers Is Available to Assist

If you or your company are affected by these new regulations, ARGO Customs Brokers would be happy to speak with you about how they may apply. The team at Argo Customs Brokers is always available to answer questions and can help you understand the effect that these regulations may have on your plans. All inquiries are welcome.

Checklist for Importing Commercial Goods Into Canada

Argo Customs Brokers is dedicated to maintaining clear communication with their customers and those who wish to keep themselves informed about important importing and exporting regulations. As such, we present pertinent points from documents issued by the Canada Border Services Agency.

Note that this checklist is to be used in conjunction with the Step-by-Step Guide to Importing Commercial Goods into Canada. It is intended to complement and not replace existing regulations, acts, and references.

Importing requirements include the following:

  • Obtain your import/export business number (RM import account) from the Canada Revenue Agency. ARGO brokers can help obtain an RM account for Non-Resident Importers (NRI program).
  • Identify what type of goods you want to import.
  • ARGO Customs brokers can assist to determine the proper HS Tariff classification code.
  • Determine the country of origin for the goods you are importing. ARGO brokers will assist you with the Free Trade Agreements rules and conditions to use them.
  • Verify whether the goods are controlled, regulated or prohibited by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) or any other government department or agency. ARGO Brokers are handling ODG PGA goods at all Canadian ports.
  • Ensure that the goods are marked and labelled as required.
  • Determine whether the goods are subject to any other duties or taxes including the goods and services tax (GST).
  • Obtain invoices, certificates of origin, and any other required documents.
  • Determine the value for duty of the goods you are importing.
  • Select the method of shipping and communicate with the transportation company regarding cross-border requirements.
  • Await notification that your shipment has arrived and provide it to your broker.

 

The Checklist for Importing Commercial Goods Into Canada is intended to complement and not replace existing regulations, acts, and references ~ CBSA

Key Takeaways

The CBSA notes the following information to consider when complying with stipulated regulations:

  • The shipment may be examined by government officials. Fees charged by authorized third parties to unload and reload goods are the responsibility of the importer.
  • If you make an error in the accounting information provided to the CBSA, you are required to correct the declaration if the change is revenue-neutral or if you owe money.
  • Keep records of your import documents for a period of six years following the importation.
  • Be aware that the CBSA uses the Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) to assess monetary penalties against businesses that do not comply with customs legislation.

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Argo Customs Brokers Is Available to Assist

If you or your company are affected by these new regulations, ARGO Customs Brokers would be happy to speak with you about how they may apply. The team at Argo Customs Brokers is always available to answer questions and can help you understand the effect that these procedures may have on your plans. All inquiries are welcome.

Export and import of cultural property.

Memorandum D19-4-1 memorandum has been updated (on January 23 2023), to update the list of areas with greater issues of conflict or recognized as being sources for the illicit trafficking of cultural property.
1. The Cultural Property Export and Import Act and its regulations are designed to protect Canada’s national heritage through the establishment of export controls for objects of historical, scientific, and cultural significance.

2. The Cultural Property Export and Import Act and its regulations enable Canada to meet its obligations under the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the “Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property” to recover and return illegally imported cultural property.

3. The Department of Canadian Heritage is responsible for administering the Act. Contact the Department directly for information about the Act, export permits and import controls.

Export control is accomplished by means of the Canadian Cultural Property Export Control List (Control List), which defines categories of cultural property according to age, weight and dollar value limits. The broad categories include mineralogy, palaeontology and archaeology; ethnographic material culture; military objects; objects of applied and decorative art; objects of fine art; scientific or technological objects; textual records, graphic records and sound recordings and; musical instruments.

The Control List does not apply to objects which are less than 50 years old, or made by a person still living. It should be noted that other restrictions may apply to individual categories identified on the Control List.

New Regulations for Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products Come into Effect

The Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products Regulations (the Regulations) prohibit the import, sale or offer for sale of composite wood products that emit formaldehyde above established limits.

The Regulation comes into effect on January 7, 2023. It is part of a larger initiative that was put in place to protect the environment and public health by controlling the release of toxic pollutants. Testing and third-party certification requirements for laminated products will come into effect on January 7, 2028.

Exemptions to the Regulation

The guidance document exempts the following from compliance with the new law:

  1. Woody veneers glued to cores other than composite wood product cores, such as lumber core
  2. Products composed of composite wood product cores glued to thin layers of material other than wood veneer, such as:
  • Laminate flooring that includes a top layer that has an imprinted, textured image made to look like real wood, and
  • Laminated kitchen counters, which typically consist of a plastic layer glued to PB

Testing Requirements

According to the guidance document, preliminary testing using ASTM E1333 (large chamber) or ASTM D6007 (small chamber) is to be carried out four times annually during specific periods by an accredited laboratory, in addition to quality control (QC) testing. The guidance document also details the QC testing frequency based on weekly and monthly production and provides a non-exhaustive list of methods for QC testing (see Table 1 below).

Certification

Certification is a prerequisite for importing or selling composite wood panels and laminated products in Canada. This certification requires verification from a qualified third-party certifier (TPC) that the formaldehyde emissions from the particular product types did not exceed the applicable limit based on at least 5 primary and 5 QC tests. Ongoing verification by a qualified TPC is required to maintain certification. For more information on the roles and responsibilities of the TPC, see Third-party certifiers: composite wood products containing formaldehyde.

New Export Import Control System (New EICS)

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) recently completed an upgrade to the Export Import Controls System (EICS).

The New EICS enables licenced customs brokers to apply online for export or import permits for controlled goods. Products subject to import controls include agricultural products, firearms, textiles and clothing, steel, and aluminum.

This notification represents changes in the web interface and does not constitute changes in trade control policy or the permit process.

Key Takeaways

  • The upgrade includes:
    • a new web user interface supported by up-to-date browsers
    • updates to align with Government of Canada security and accessibility standards
    • enhanced system navigation
    • new authentication system with unique log-in credentials
  • Note that access privileges in the New EICS will remain the same as they were in the old system. This upgrade also does not constitute changes in trade control policy or the permit process.
  • Functionality, EICS tabs and processes also remain unchanged. The New EICS represents a modernization of the authentication system and web interface.

Related Links

●      EICS – Participants Requirements Document (Version 2.4, March 2012)

●      List of licensed customs brokers (CBSA)

●      EICS Hours of Operation

●      EICS PKI Policy for Customs Brokers Certificates

●      Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

●      EICS Privacy Impact Assessment

“We define, shape, and advance Canada’s interests and values in a complex global environment. We manage diplomatic relations, promote international trade, and provide consular assistance. We lead international development, humanitarian, and peace and security assistance efforts. We also contribute to national security and the development of international law.” –Global Affairs Canada

ARGO Customers Brokers Is Ready to Help

ARGO Customs Brokers has registered for the new EICS system and can assist you in applying to obtain an EIPA number for your company. Note that permits can also be accessed via the new EICS portal.

You are invited to inquire regarding a free consultation regarding changes to the EICS system. ARGO Customs Brokers is pleased to assist with all of your import and export business.