CFIA Changes to service fees now in effect for select importers

As of July 4, 2022, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will be making the following service changes at the Centre of Administration for Permissions:

Change in timing of invoicing and fee collection
To reflect the current costs of delivering CFIA services, the CFIA will charge the service fee when you apply for an animal and plant import permit, or Ministerial Exemption for fresh fruits and vegetables. This includes new applications, renewals and amendments. If your permission is not issued, you will not be refunded.
Streamlining channel for applications
Applications for plant and animal import permissions will only be accepted through My CFIA or postal mail. Email applications will no longer be accpeted.
Charging Ministerial Exemptions for fresh fruit and vegetables by the number of loads requested on the application.
Applications for Ministerial Exemptions for fresh fruit and vegetables will be charged the service fee for the consideration of an application at the time of submission and based on the number of loads as per the CFIA Fees Notice.

Changes to import requirements for poultry products and by-products from the EU.

On July 1, 2022, new import requirements for raw fresh/ frozen poultry products and by-products from the European Union (EU) will come into effect. This affects both edible and inedible products, and will harmonize import requirements with the EU for products imported from countries with outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Additional animal health attestations in regards to HPAI will now be required for all shipments of raw fresh/frozen poultry meat and poultry products from EU member states affected by HPAI.

Any shipments certified on or after July 1, 2022 must be accompanied by the updated attestation requirement. There will be a transition period of two months (until September 1, 2022) during which product will be accepted for import using either the previous or new conditions.

Customs Notice 22-12: Ukraine Goods Remission Order

1. The purpose of this Customs Notice is to advise of the Ukraine Goods Remission Order, effective June 9, 2022, for goods that originate in Ukraine. This order is being initiated under section 115 of the Customs Tariff.

2. Remission is granted of the customs duties paid or payable under the Customs Tariff in respect of goods that originate in Ukraine for one year from the date of registration (June 9, 2022).

3. For purposes of the Customs Tariff, goods originate in Ukraine if their last production process, other than a minimal operation, occurred in Ukraine.

4. For the purposes of the Customs Tariff, minimal operation means any of the following:

(a) an operation to ensure the preservation of a good in good condition for the purposes of transport and storage;
(b) the packaging, re-packaging, breaking up of consignments or putting up a good for retail sale, including placing a good in bottles, cans, flasks, bags, cases or boxes;
(c) a mere dilution with water or another substance that does not materially alter the characteristics of the good;
(d) the collection of goods intended to form sets, assortments, kits or composite goods; and
(e) any combination of operations referred to in paragraphs (a) to (d).
5. Remission is also granted of the duties paid or payable under the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA) in respect of goods that originate in Ukraine.

6. For the purposes of the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA), goods originate in Ukraine if they acquired their physical and technical characteristics in Ukraine.

Canada, United States agree on protocol to guide the cross-border transit of animals in emergency situations.

The Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) of Canada, Dr. Mary Jane Ireland and the United States CVO, Dr. Rosemary Sifford, issued the following statement:

“We are pleased to announce that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS), have officially agreed to implement an Emergency Transit Policy for Regulated Animals.

The policy makes it easier and faster to evacuate regulated animals, such as livestock, birds, pets and companion animals, across the border during emergencies such as flooding, forest fires, extreme weather conditions or disasters, or when routine transportation routes are impaired without feasible alternatives. Animals transiting through the other country during an emergency will be instructed when and where they will have to re-enter their country of origin.

Under the joint policy, the country declaring an emergency will inspect animals, apply official seals to transport conveyances, and issue a simplified export health certificate either at the port(s) of exit by an official veterinarian or at the premises of origin by an accredited veterinarian or official veterinarian.

This joint policy is another example of Canada and United States’ commitment to protect their animal population and it also shows the continued cooperation in supporting producers in both countries. This policy was developed by the CFIA and USDA under the umbrella of the Canada-US Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) which is intended, amongst others, to maintain and enhance the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment.”

Canada imposes additional economic measures on Russian energy sector.

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced new sanctions under the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations in response to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine.

These new measures impose restrictions on 10 key individuals from 2 important companies in Russia’s energy sector, Rosneft and Gazprom. These measures are intended to put further pressure on Russia’s leadership to cease its violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The sanctions are expected to be in effect in the coming days through orders made.

Canada Slaps Hefty Tariff On Russian Trade

In addition to other economic measures, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland has announced the removal of MFN status for Russia and Belarus. The following is an excerpt from CTV news.

Canada is also revoking Russia and Belarus’ “most-favoured nation status” as trading partners, meaning they will be subjected to a 35 per cent tariff on their exports to Canada.

Canada is the first country to take this step, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said Thursday, adding that the only other nation that Canada subjects to this high tariff and deprives of other associated benefits is North Korea.

Hand Carried Goods Release for driven Canadian-registered vehicles.

When Canadian registered vehicles and goods contained therein are driven to Canada by a service provider, the registrant (who is considered the importer/owner of the vehicle/goods), may utilize the services of a licensed customs broker to account for / request release of the goods. A driver arranged by a service provider, e.g. drive-away company, may not (verbally) account / request release.

Action Required

If the importer/owner of the vehicle/goods is not present to verbally account, they may appoint a broker to act on their behalf. In this case:

An EDI PARS (SO125) will be transmitted to the CBSA in advance of arrival;
The hand carried goods release process (HCGH carrier code) will be used;
No eManifest data or lead sheet is required;
Transport Canada requirements do not apply to Canadian registered vehicles;
One invoice line will be used for the vehicle (Canadian goods returning);
Additional invoice lines will be used for any other goods in the vehicle;
The driver and any personal goods they own will be processed separately.
A carrier code is not required when the vehicle is driven by a driver arranged through a commercial drive-away company. A carrier code is only required when vehicles are transported on or in a commercial transport company’s conveyance and therefore requiring the carrier to submit electronic cargo and conveyance data.

New food & animal export mandates for EU.

January 15, 2022: New food & animal export mandates for EU.
Reminder: Effective January 15, 2022, exporters of commercial food and animal commodities destined for the European Union (EU) where certification is required under the new EU Animal Health Law (AHL), will be required to use updated export certificates. Export certificates will be accessed through the Trade Control and Expert System New Technology (TRACES NT), which serves as the EU’s e-certification system. The updated export certificates are the result of the EU Animal Health Law (AHL) that came into force in spring 2021. Using the TRACES NT system for export certificates will provide a secure, convenient, and streamlined process for doing business with the EU.