Ontario Tobacco Tax collection in the Postal Mode

1. The purpose of this Customs Notice is to advise the public that the Ontario Ministry of Finance has requested that the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) expand its provincial agreement to incorporate the collection of tobacco tax on casual importations within the postal stream for Ontario. This agreement is similar to agreements that are currently in place between the CBSA and other provinces, such as British Columbia and Alberta.

2. Effective November 17, 2020, the Customs Declaration System (CDS) will be modified and the Postal Import Control System (PICS) application will be upgraded to accommodate this agreement.

3. Residents of provinces with an agreement to collect the PST or tobacco tax are only subject to the tax when they import taxable non-commercial goods into their province of residence.

Ontario Tobacco tax rates:

4. As of March 29, 2018, the current tax rates are:

18.475¢ per cigarette
18.475¢ per gram or part gram of tobacco product other than cigarettes and cigars and
56.6 per cent of the taxable price of a cigar
5. Tobacco tax on a pack of 20 cigarettes equals $3.70, on a pack of 25 cigarettes equals $4.62 and on a carton of 200 cigarettes equals $36.95.

6. Tobacco products sold in Ontario are also subject to federal excise duty and Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).

Updates to the Fertilizers Regulations

The CFIA has updated the Fertilizers Regulations to reduce red tape and provide more flexibility to industry while focusing on product safety and environmental protection.

The CFIA is also making it easier for industry to submit, track and pay for new product registrations through My CFIA, the Agency’s secure and convenient digital platform. In order to take advantage of the new fertilizer and supplement online services, industry will need to sign up for a My CFIA account.

Refined sugar, Notice of initiation of expiry review investigation.

On October 2, 2020, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT), pursuant to subsection 76.03(3) of the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA), initiated an expiry review of its order issued on October 30, 2015, in Expiry Review No. RR‑2014‑006, concerning the dumping of refined sugar, refined from sugar cane or sugar beets, in granulated, liquid and powdered form (refined sugar), originating in or exported from the United States of America, Denmark, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and the subsidizing of refined sugar originating in or exported from the European Union (EU).
The subject goods are defined as:

“Refined sugar, refined from sugar cane or sugar beets, in granulated, liquid, and powdered form. Refined sugar is sold as white granulated, liquid and specialty sugars. Granulated sugar comes in a range of grain fractions (e.g., medium, fine and extra fine). Liquid sugar includes invert sugar. Specialty sugars include soft yellow sugar, brown sugar, icing sugar, demerara sugar and others and may be sold in granulated, liquid or powdered form.”

As a result of the CITT’s expiry review, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has today initiated an expiry review investigation to determine, pursuant to paragraph 76.03(7)(a) of SIMA, whether the expiry of the orders is likely to result in the continuation or resumption of dumping and/or subsidizing of the subject goods. The CBSA will make a determination no later than March 1, 2021, and will issue a Statement of Reasons by March 16, 2021.

Vehicles for Export to the European Union.

Applications for quota allocation under the CETA Origin Quota for vehicles are now being accepted.
Eligibility criteria
You are eligible for an allocation if you are a:

Resident of Canada
your head office is in Canada or you operate a branch office in Canada.
Manufacturer of light passenger Vehicles
that manufactures light passenger Vehicles of the type eligible to benefit from the CETA origin quota for Vehicles, either on a manufactured or purchased chassis, in an establishment in Canada.

Wheat Gluten – Statement of Reasons

Concerning the initiation of an investigation into the dumping of certain wheat gluten originating in or exported from Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and Lithuania.

Goods Made in Hong Kong.

Notice in the U.S. Federal Register: effective September 25th, goods that are made in Hong Kong are to be marked “made in China” when imported into the U.S.

As a result of this notice, CBSA was asked if Canada would be implementing a similar requirement and their response was that it is not Canada’s intention to change marking regulations at this time.

We also asked if goods made in Hong Kong but marked “made in China” would pose a concern when these goods are imported into Canada from the U.S. CBSA’s response is reproduced below:

According to the Determination of Country of Origin for the Purpose of Marking Goods (Non-CUSMA Countries) Regulations.

Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material.

Requirements were updated, recent amendments were made to the Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations (EIHWHRMR) that came into force on October 21, 2016, according to which waste and recyclable material being exported for disposal or recycling are considered hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable material if:

(a) they are defined as, or considered to be, “hazardous” under the legislation of the importing country or a country of transit
(b) their importation is prohibited under the legislation of the country of import or
(c) they are one of the “hazardous wastes” or “other wastes” referred to in Article 1, subparagraph 1(a) of the Basel Convention or one of the other wastes referred to in Article 1, paragraph 2 of the Basel Convention and, the country of import is a party to the Basel Convention

Notice of intent to impose countermeasures action against the United States in response to tariffs on Canadian aluminum products.

Finance Canada has issued the notice of intent to impose countermeasures action against the United States in response to tariffs on Canadian aluminum products. Comments from Canadians will be accepted until September 6, 2020 through email only. It is expected that Canada will impose countermeasures on September 16, 2020.

COVID-19 CBSA Commercial & Trade Update

Starting July 30th, all Ports of Entry (POE) (all modes) will began collecting personal contact information from exempt travellers to the allow the person to be contacted during the 14-day confinement period that begins on the day on which they enter Canada. This includes the Ambassador Bridge, the Blue Water Bridge and Cornwall crossings.