Canada is ratifying the Canada-United Kingdom Trade Continuity Agreement.

The Canada-U.K. TCA will provide Canadian exporters and businesses with continued preferential access to the U.K. market and 98% of Canadian products will continue to be exported to the UK tariff-free. The agreement provides much needed predictability and stability, and will support workers and businesses on both sides of the Atlantic. Canada and the U.K. are taking all necessary steps required to implement this agreement for April 1, 2021.

As the Canada-U.K. TCA is meant to be an interim measure, Canada and the U.K. look forward to engaging in future negotiations on a new, high-standard and ambitious free trade agreement that will best reflect the bilateral relationship and trade priorities.

Importing food into Canada with a Safe Food for Canadians licence.

As of March 15, 2021, food import transactions will automatically be rejected unless a valid Safe Food for Canadians (SFC) licence is entered in the Integrated Import Declaration (IID). If a transaction is rejected, the SFC licence holder may experience delays and have their related food shipment(s) held at the border until the error is addressed and the import transaction is resubmitted.

You must obtain your SFC licence to import before presenting your shipment at the border. You will not be able to obtain an SFC licence at the border. If you currently hold a licence, review your licence profile in My CFIA to ensure that your licence has been issued for the activity of “Importing” and for the food commodity or commodities you intend to import. An SFC licence application, as well as certain licence amendments, may take up to 15 business days to process, but can take longer if a pre-licence inspection is required.

Update to import requirements for strawberry plants from the Netherlands.

Please be advised that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has updated directive D-18-01: Phytosanitary requirements for imported small fruit propagative material to approve the import of propagative plant material of strawberry (Fragaria spp.) originating from the Netherlands based on the results of a pest risk analysis.

Imported propagative plant material of Fragaria spp. (excluding seeds) must be produced under the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) standard PM 4/11 (2) certification scheme for strawberry. Shipments must be accompanied by an import permit and phytosanitary certificate attesting to this.

It is important to note that this material and its progeny are not eligible for export to the United States, no matter how long it is held or grown in Canada.

United Kingdom Trade Continuity Remission Order.

For UK origin goods that are exported from the EU after January 1, 2021, neither CETA nor the UK Remission Order apply.

When the Canada UK Trade Continuity Agreement (CUKTCA) comes into force, goods must meet the rules of origin. While there is no specific date for CUKTCA implementation, we anticipate the new agreement will be in force in April 2021.

New HS classification reference for vaccines and related supplies and equipment

In this new stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which vaccines are ready for distribution, the WCO Council has tasked the Secretariat to work with relevant international organizations to develop guidance materials to facilitate the cross-border movement of situationally critical medicines and vaccines, including highlighting existing HS classification for critical medicines, vaccines and associated medical supplies necessary for their manufacture, distribution and use.

The WCO’s Tariff and Trade Affairs Directorate, in close cooperation with the World Health Organization, has prepared a new HS classification reference for vaccines and the medical consumables normally used during the vaccination process, including the equipment used for their storage and transportation.
Please ask ARGO Customs Brokers to assist you with the right classification with your particular goods.

Transport Canada Air Cargo Security Program New Regulatory Requirements

Enhancements to the Transport Canada Air Cargo Security Program will come into force February 1, 2021. These enhancements will require that only secure cargo and mail be transported on both passenger and all-cargo international and transborder flights.

To provide industry with sufficient lead time, air carriers operating all-cargo international and transborder flights will have until June 30, 2021, to become fully compliant with the new regulatory requirements.

Program participants are encouraged to reach out to their supply chain partners to discuss the upcoming changes and to bring awareness to the enhanced regulations coming into force.

CBSA Trade Compliance Verification Priorities January 2021

CBSA has released the January 2021 Trade Compliance Verification Priorities.
Bedding and drapery (Round 2)
Harmonized System Number(s): Various goods of Headings 63.01, 63.02 and 63.03. USA origin.

Apparel (Round 3)
Harmonized System Number(s): Chapters 61 and 62
Footwear (Round 2)
Harmonized System Number(s): Chapter 64


Spent fowl (Round 2)
Harmonized System Number(s): Headings 02.07, 16.01 and 16.02

LED lamps
Harmonized System Number(s): Heading 85.39

Furniture for non-domestic purposes (Round 3)
Harmonized System Number(s): Headings 94.01 and 94.03

Batteries (Round 4)
Harmonized System Number(s): Heading 85.06

Footwear ($30 or more per pair) (Round 4)
Harmonized System Number(s): Heading 64.03

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories (Round 3)
Harmonized System Number(s): Heading 39.26

Parts of lamps (Round 4)
Harmonized System Number(s): Heading 94.05

Pasta (Round 3)
Harmonized System Number(s): Heading 19.02

Cell phone cases (Round 2)
Harmonized System Number(s): Headings 39.26, 42.02 and 85.17

Pickled vegetables (Round 4)
Harmonized System Number(s): Heading 20.01

Gloves (Round 2)
Harmonized System Number(s): Headings 39.26 and 42.03

Safety headgear (Round 4)
Harmonized System Number(s): SubHeading 6506.10

Bags (Round 2)
Harmonized System Number(s): Heading 42.02

Import permit numbers (Round 2)
Harmonized System Number(s): Chapters 2 and 4

Other mountings and fittings, suitable for furniture (Round 2)
Harmonized System Number(s): Heading 83.02

Air heaters and hot air distributors (Round 2)
Harmonized System Number(s): Heading 73.22

Flashlights and miners’ safety lamps (Round 2)
Harmonized System Number(s): Heading 85.13

Stone table and counter tops (Round 2)
Harmonized System Number(s): Heading 94.03

Disposable and protective gloves (Round 4)
Harmonized System Number(s): Subheadings 3926.20 and 4015.19

Parts of machines and mechanical appliances
Harmonized System Number(s): Heading 84.79

Other chemical products
Harmonized System Number(s): Heading 38.24

Canada-United Kingdom Trade Continuity Agreement

Bill C-18, An Act to implement the Canada-United Kingdom Trade Continuity Agreement (Canada-UK TCA), was introduced in the House of Commons.

Subject to parliamentary approval, by preserving the main benefits of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), including the elimination of tariffs on 98% of products exported to the United Kingdom, this agreement will maintain preferential access to the U.K. market for Canadian exporters, even as the United Kingdom exits CETA.

Canada-Britain trade agreement .

International Trade Minister Mary Ng was unable to offer MPs a firm guarantee today that they will see a bill to ratify the new provisional Canada-Britain trade agreement before Parliament is due to break for Christmas on Dec. 11.

Ng also revealed that officials in both countries are still working on the final text of the agreement. Canada’s current agreement with Britain under its European Union trade pact expires when Britain’s divorce from the EU takes effect at the start of the new year.

Certifying the origin of goods under the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA).

In order to claim preferential tariff treatment under the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), a certification of origin is required. The certification of origin has no prescribed format, but instead consists of a set of minimum data elements.
The certification of origin may be completed by either the exporter, producer, or importer of the goods for the purpose of certifying that a good being exported from the territory of another Party qualifies as an originating good. It may be provided on an invoice or any other document, and may be completed and submitted electronically including with an electronic or digital signature.