CBSA seizes suspected cocaine on traveller at the Toronto Pearson International Airport

Mississauga, Ontario, June 11, 2013, The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) today announced the significant seizure of suspected cocaine at the Toronto Pearson International Airport (TPIA).

On June 1, 2013, border services officers working at Terminal 3 of the TPIA referred a traveller for secondary examination. During the course of the examination, the traveller was inconsistent; therefore his belongings were swabbed and resulted in a positive result for suspected cocaine. The traveller became increasingly distressed when questioned about narcotics and admitted to having body-packs of cocaine taped to his legs. He was placed under arrest and the subsequent body search revealed two food-saver packages full of suspected cocaine adhered to each leg.

Nearly 2 kg of suspected cocaine was seized. Both the traveller and the evidence were turned over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for further investigation.

Importing New Canadian Specification Vehicles Into Canada

1. This notice is to clarify the border declaration procedure for new Canadian specification vehicles (Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS) compliant) being imported into Canada from foreign countries, including the United States.

2. Please note that NEW Canadian specification vehicles bearing a valid Canadian Statement of Compliance label cannot be entered into the Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) Program.

A vehicle is considered “NEW” when it is purchased directly from a manufacturer. Acquisition documents must clearly indicate a purchase at the manufacturing level. Vehicles purchased at the retail level in the United States are not considered “NEW”.
A “Canadian specification vehicle” is defined as a vehicle built to Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and bearing a Canadian Statement of Compliance to that effect.

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Mandatory Electronic Reporting Policy for Exporters

1. This notice provides information on the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA’s) new Mandatory Electronic Export Reporting Policy for exporters and explains how to report export data electronically when exporting goods by any mode of transportation.

2. In order to fulfill its mandate, the CBSA requires exporters to declare their export shipments destined to non-US destinations according to timeframes by mode.

marine – no less than 48 hours before the goods are loaded onto the vessel;
air – no less than two hours before the goods are loaded onto the aircraft;
rail – no less than two hours before the railcar containing the goods is assembled to form part of the train for export;
postal – no less than two hours before the goods are delivered to the post office where they will be mailed;
any other mode – immediately prior to the exportation of the goods.
3. Effective April 1, 2012, the CBSA will take steps to eliminate the manual reporting process form (B13A) for exporters and implement mandatory electronic reporting. The CBSA is now updating the applicable regulatory requirements to mandate electronic export reporting.

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Importation of ash (Fraxinus spp.) regulated articles from New Hampshire, US

Effective July 8, 2013, the following requirements will apply for the importation of ash regulated commodities from New Hampshire, US:

A Phytosanitary Certificate will be required for the following commodities:

06.04.90.0046.44 – Foliage, branches – dried – Ash (Fraxinus spp.) – < 1.5 cm in diameter

44.01.22.0122.09 – Ash – wood chips
44.03.99.0151.08 – Ash – bark and bark mulch (untreated)
44.06.10.0140.20 – Ash – railway or tramway sleepers not impregnated – without bark
44.07.95.0133.00 – Of Ash – Not end-jointed or finger-jointed. (Fraxinus spp.)
44.18.60.0144.01 – Ash – posts and beams – non-tropical wood, not coniferous – without bark

44.15.10.0001.03 – Cases, boxes, crates, drums and similar packings; cable-drums. Stand alone (not accompanied with a commodity) – With ash material.
44.15.20.0001.03 – Pallets, box pallets and other load boards; pallet collars – Stand alone (not accompanied with a commodity) – With ash material.

Please note that for 44.15.10.0001.03 and 44.15.20.0001.03, an ISPM no. 15 compliant stamp will be accepted in lieu of a Phytosanitary Certificate.

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Amendments to the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations

1. The purpose of this notice is to inform importers and exporters of the Regulations Amending the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations that came into force on May 29, 2013. These amendments impose a complete ban on imports from Iran and exports to Iran, subject to certain exemptions.

2. Exemptions include consumer communication technologies that contribute to internet freedom; goods used to purify water for civilian and public health purposes, and food, medicine and medical equipment listed in annex 3 of the Regulations; personal or settlers’ effects; correspondence; and packages sent by mail for non-commercial reasons.

3. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) assists Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada with the administration of these Regulations.

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Top 10 cross-border GST and customs issues for Canadian businesses

1. -GST paid on importation should be recoverable and should not become a sunk cost.
2. -In the case of exports, GST should not be applicable, but an exporter should nevertheless pay close attention to whether or not its export meets the necessary requirements to be “zero rated.”
3. -Identifying the best party to act as the importer of record is crucial.
4. -Non-resident companies face particular challenges when planning to import goods into Canada in their own name
5. -Many trade chain structures involving non-resident companies will trigger an application of the Canadian drop shipment rules.
6. -Attention should be paid to standard terms of trade (e.g., INCOTERMS), as they can have significant implications on the payment of GST and duties.
7. -Under a penalty regime known as the Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will issue monetary penalties for instances of non compliance with customs obligations.
8. -Determining the customs value of imported goods, or their value for duty (VFD), requires the application of a prescribed valuation method.
9. -Importers involved in related-party transactions need to understand that there are additional complications to arrive at the VFD when the seller and the buyer are related.
10. -Although Canada is known as a favourable jurisdiction when it comes to using transfer prices for purposes of determining the VFD on related-party transactions, income tax rules that govern transfer pricing and the customs valuation rules are not the same.

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Automation of Automated Shipment Inspection Status Search Tool (ASISST)

All importers and brokers of US meat:

In April 2011, the CFIA implemented an automated web tool, known as the Automated Shipment Inspection Status Search Tool, or ASISST, to aid the import community in identifying the inspection status of shipments containing US meat. As a result, the 1-877-682-5191 line to contact the CFIA Meat Import Control Centre (MICC) is no longer required for importers/brokers to obtain a shipment’s inspection status.

As of July 2, 2013, the existing toll free 1-877-682-5191 line will no longer be serviced. The ASISST web tool will continue to be available to check status and determine if a meat shipment requires a CFIA inspection. The ASISST tool can be accessed through the following link:
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/imp/asissite.shtml

Please note that the status should be checked only after shipment is confirmed as having entered Canada. If you do not have access to the ASISST tool, or if your transaction is presented on a paper release, as of July 1, 2013, you will be directed to call the National Import Service Centre (NISC) at 1-800-835-4486 for assistance.

All meat importers and brokers are also encouraged to utilize the CFIA Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to present their meat shipments to the CFIA, as ASISST can be used only for those meat shipments presented for electronic release using the EDI.

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Certain Copper Tube, Initiation of Investigations – Statement of Reasons

The Statement of Reasons concerning the initiation of investigations into the dumping of Certain Copper Tube originating in or exported from the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Hellenic Republic, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea and the United Mexican States and the subsidizing of Certain Copper Tube originating in or exported from the People’s Republic of China.

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Know before you go to simplify your border crossings this summer

Niagara Falls, Ontario, May 14, 2013 — The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) would like to simplify your return to Canada this summer. The Victoria Day long weekend traditionally marks the beginning of heavier traffic volumes at the Southern Ontario border crossings. Additional staff will be available to process the anticipated higher volumes of travellers. The CBSA has some helpful tips to simplify your return to Canada during the peak summer period. Have proper identification readily available Ensure that you have proper identification (ID) readily available for yourself and everyone travelling with you. A border services officer will scan your documents, so presenting a preferred form of identification could get you on your way more quickly. Passports are the preferred form of identification for entry or re-entry into Canada. Other acceptable forms of ID include: enhanced driver's licences; birth certificates with accompanying photo ID such as regular driver's licences; permanent resident cards; citizenship cards or certificates of Indian status; or NEXUS cards or Free and Secure Trade (FAST) cards when travelling by land or boat. Children under the age of 16 can present an original copy of their birth certificate, passport or NEXUS card as preferred identification. If travelling with children, have their identification ready to show and a letter of permission for any child who is travelling without their parents or travelling with non-custodial parents along with parental contact information. For more tips on travelling with children, consult our fact sheet. NEXUS members can cross faster by using one of the following Canada-bound NEXUS lanes: Ambassador Bridge 6 a.m. to midnight Monday to Friday; and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. during weekends and holidays as well as an additional NEXUS lane Monday to Friday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Windsor–Detroit Tunnel from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. during weekends and holidays as well as an additional NEXUS lane Monday to Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Blue Water Bridge from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily including holidays and weekends; additional lane from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday to Sunday; Peace Bridge from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Victoria to Labour Day Weekend from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; as well as an additional NEXUS lane Monday to Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; third lane opened as needed Queenston–Lewiston Bridge from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Whirlpool Bridge is a dedicated NEXUS crossing for NEXUS members only, open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Know your personal exemptions, including those for alcohol and tobacco. Remember there are no personal exemptions for same-day cross-border shopping trips so be prepared to pay HST on those purchases and possibly duty. call Argo today to speak with a customs broker in Canada!

The Canada Border Services Agency reminds travellers to plan ahead this Victoria Day weekend

Ottawa, Ontario, May 15, 2013 — Spring brings increased numbers of travellers crossing the border. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is committed to providing the possible service, which includes reducing wait times by helping you know what to expect when you arrive at the Canadian border. Have proper identification readily available Ensure that you have proper identification (ID) readily available for yourself and everyone travelling with you. A border services officer will scan your documents, so presenting a preferred form of identification could get you on your way more quickly. For more details please contact ARGO customs brokers at 1-888-311-8303 within the U.S. and Canada or 1-647-832-7433 from outside the U.S. and Canada.