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.

Tariff classification of goods using Bluetooth® technology.

Devices for which the principal function is the exchange of data between two or more Bluetooth® enabled devices within a wired or wireless network are classified under tariff item 8517.62.00 as “Machines for the reception, conversion and transmission or regeneration of voice, images or other data, including switching and routing apparatus”.
Separately presented Bluetooth® adapters, sometimes known as Bluetooth® antennas, are also classified under tariff item 8517.62.00. For example, the device that may be inserted into a USB port on a personal computer to accept signals from a Bluetooth® enabled keyboard and/or mouse.
Bluetooth® enabled cellular telephones are classified under tariff item 8517.13.00, or 8517.14.00 as their principal function remains that of a telephone for cellular networks or for other wireless networks.

Imported gift baskets containing food.

Imported gift baskets containing CFIA-regulated commodities such as foods, plants, animal products and by-products are subject to CFIA requirements, and must meet commercial shipment requirements as found in the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS), such as Safe Food for Canadians licences for importers and applicable import documentation and/or certification.

Goods imported for personal or commercial use may not be admissible for importation by mail or the Courier Low Value Shipment (CLVS) Program. Goods that do not qualify for the CLVS Program must be imported through the Canadian Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) regular commercial stream.

Re‑investigation of the normal values and export prices of refined sugar.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has on October 6th initiated a re‑investigation of the normal values and export prices 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, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and amounts of subsidy of refined sugar originating in or exported from the European Union.

CN 21-17 – Changes to the Firearms Act Regarding the Authorization to Transport Requirements for Restricted and Prohibited Firearms

1. This notice is to advise interested parties that the Government of Canada has introduced an Order In Council implementing changes to the Firearms Act. These changes were included in Bill C-71 An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms. The amendments relate to the Authorization to Transport (ATT) for restricted and/or prohibited firearms. The new requirements will come into force on July 7, 2021.

2. Currently Canadian residents returning to their province of residence with restricted and/or prohibited firearms present a valid Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) as their ATT. As of July 7 2021, the PAL can no longer be used as an ATT for the transporting of firearms to and from a port of entry/exit.

3. Residents will be required to apply for and obtain a valid ATT (PDF, 328 Kb) issued by the Chief Firearms Officer of their province or territory of residence when planning to import or export their restricted or prohibited firearms. They will now need to present and/or submit a paper ATT to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). All other ATT requirements for residents relating to import/export remain the same.

4. If a resident does not present an ATT, they may have the option of exporting or abandoning the firearm or having it held by the CBSA for a prescribed period of time while they obtain the required ATT. Additional information can be found in CBSA D Memorandum D19-13-2 Importing and Exporting Firearms, Weapons and Devices.

5. There have been no changes to the ATT requirements for non-residents.

6. The changes to the ATT requirements does not affect commercial importations.

Anti-dumping and Countervailing.

The CBSA provides help to Canadian producers who face unfair foreign competition in the Canadian marketplace. The CBSA is responsible for the administration of the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA), which helps to protect Canadian industry from injury caused by the dumping and subsidizing of imported goods.
FAS 2021 UP2: Carbon steel fasteners
Conclusion of normal value review:
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has today concluded a normal value review (review) to determine normal values and export prices of certain carbon steel fasteners (fasteners) exported to Canada from the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (Chinese Taipei) by Kind‑Auspice Industrial Co., Ltd. (Kind‑Auspice).

Labelling Standard for Genetic Engineered Foods.

When a company chooses to make a labelling claim about genetic engineering for foods, the Voluntary Labelling and Advertising of Foods that Are and Are Not Products of Genetic Engineering – CAN/CGSB-32.315 (the GE Standard) provides guidance on how those claims can be truthful and not misleading, in compliance with the Food and Drugs Act and the Safe Food for Canadians Act.

National standards must be publically reviewed every five years and are administered by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB). CGSB determined in 2021 that the GE Standard remained technically relevant and can continue to be used. The GE Standard will be available on the CGSB website.

CARM information letter.

Dear Valued Client:

CARM is a new program with CBSA that will be changing the Canadian importation process and will affect all Canadian importers and exporters. In the Spring of 2021, importers and custom brokers in Canada will be expected to adapt to the changes enforced under CARM.

Timelines Published

What to expect with CARM Release 1: (Implemented live on May 25, 2021)

· Ensure you are set up with a GC Key or sign in partner when required

· Online portal to allow importers to have immediate visibility to duties and taxes/amounts owing

· It will be your company’s responsibility to set up your account and allow ARGO Customs Brokers access to the online portal

What to expect with CARM Release 2: (Proposed May 2022)

· Financial security (bond) will have to be posted by Importer

· B3 and B2 replaced by (CAD) Commercial accounting declaration

· Corrections, rulings and adjustments done online.

Check out video on Release 1 of CARM

ARGO Customs Brokers is committed to assisting you in your transition into CARM. Please contact us to Email or directly to your particular broker.

Upholstered domestic seating Dumping and subsidy (China and Vietnam).

Provisional anti‑dumping duty is payable on subject goods that are released from the CBSA during the period commencing May 5, 2021:
Country of origin or export – China 206.36%,
for Vietnam 89.77%

Provisional countervailing duty is payable on subject goods that are released from the CBSA during the period commencing May 5, 2021:
China 89.54%
Vietnam 11.73%

Canada extends land border restrictions.

April 21, 2021
Canada and the United States on Tuesday extended a land-border closure for non-essential travelers, and air passengers arriving in Canada will continue to be tested for COVID-19 ahead of a hotel quarantine period, authorities said.

The land-border restrictions, imposed in March 2020, have been extended to May 21. Now in place for 13 months, they are being renewed month by month. Mexico said late on Monday it was maintaining some of its border restrictions, too.