As announced in the Federal Budget yesterday, excise duty rates on tobacco products have increased.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has today initiated an investigation under the Special Import Measures Act respecting the alleged injurious dumping of certain small power transformers from Austria, the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (Chinese Taipei), and South Korea. The investigation follows a complaint filed by Transformateurs Delta Inc., Northern Transformer Corporation, PTI Transformers Inc., and PTI Transformers L.P..
Since 2019, the subject goods are normally classified under the following tariff classification numbers:
Incomplete small power transformers and parts and components thereof may also be imported under the following tariff classification numbers:
8504.90.90.10 8504.90.90.82 8504.90.90.90
Additional information about the investigation is contained in a Statement of Reasons which will be available within 15 days on the CBSA’s website.
Sanctions related to China have been enacted under the Special Economic Measures Act. The Special Economic Measures (People’s Republic of China) Regulations impose a dealings prohibition, an effective asset freeze, on listed persons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.