I want to import some dress patterns/Textile Shells. I’m looking for a HS Tariff code.

6307.90.50 00 – Shells for use in the manufacture of articles of subheading 9404.90.

“Shells” are articles of textile that are used in the manufacture of articles of subheading 9404.90. The shells, which are sometime called “casings”, are first filled with either feathers, down, wool, silk, or a synthetic fibre and then finished, for example, as duvets, comforters, cushions, or pillows.

The tariff item does not include finished products, such as pillowcases of heading 63.02 or cushion covers (shams) of heading 63.04.

Can I have some Abatement of Customs Duties for my perishable goods or brittle goods ?

The abatement of duties on imported goods that have suffered damage, deterioration or destruction or a loss in volume or weight (Regulations), importers/owners who are of the opinion that goods have suffered damage, deterioration or destruction from the time of shipment to Canada to the time of release from the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) must:

  • 1 – in the case of perishable goods or brittle goods, provide to the CBSA a written statement from a qualified appraiser, which clearly outlines the extent of the damage, deterioration or destruction. The statement must fully outline the amount or percentage of loss in relation to the value of the goods imported.
  • 2 – in the case of sugar or any saccharine product, which has suffered damage or deterioration from salt water, a test will be conducted by an officer of the Science and Engineering Directorate of the CBSA to provide the certification referred to in-paragraph 3(1)(b)(ii) of the Regulations.

What imported product is not covered by Fish Import Program ?

Imported fish products that are not covered under theFish Inspection Act and Regulations would include:

  • fish product intended for personal consumption. This also includes product imported by foreign embassies or consulates for their personal use;
  • fish products not intended for human consumption such as bait or pet food;
  • fish products such as functional foods or nutraceuticals that are the responsibility of Health Canada;
  • products imported as trade samples;
  • fish products for research only.

Although these products do not fall under the jurisdiction of the CFIA, they are still considered an import and must be reported to Canada Border Services Agency.

Personal travel – what are my personal exemptions when in US less than 24h ?

As a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident returning to Canada, duties and taxes are applicable on all purchases unless you qualify for a personal exemption. Personal exemptions allow you to bring goods of a certain value into the country without paying the regular duties. If you have been outside Canada for:

  • Less than 24 hours, Personal exemptions do not apply to same-day cross-border shoppers.

HS Code for Modules of Airbags, and Airbags ?

HS code 8708.95.90 – An airbag is a vehicle safety device. It is an occupant restraint system consisting of a flexible fabric envelope, or cushion, designed to inflate rapidly during an automobile collision. Its purpose is to cushion occupants during a crash and provide protection to their bodies when they strike interior objects such as the steering wheel or a window.

It should be noted that the other elements of the airbag supplemental restraint system (e.g., sensors, sensor brackets, airbag monitor assembly, and monitor bracket) are classified elsewhere in the Nomenclature, each in their own right. This also includes the wiring assemblies, which connect the airbag module assemblies to the airbag monitor and sensors.

Personal Importation for vehicles – GST/ HST rulings.

The following HS Tariff codes are exemption to HST at the time of import:8703,8704,8705,8709,8711,8716Taxable non-commercial goods imported into a participating province by a resident of such a province are subject to the HST on importation, ___except___ for motor vehicles required to be registered in a participating province, or a mobile home or floating home that has been used or occupied in Canada by an individual. So when create the B3 Import declaration GST 5% will be calculated. HST should be paid (according the province) when registered with Transport Canada.

Sunflower seeds – should I pay GST when importing ?

ARGO Customs will be happy to assist. Sunflower seeds are GST exempt when not salted (as a basic groceries), duty free.

CFIA regulated (our part of the job to get an AIRS codes and submit to CBSA).

Customs clearance for a herbal tea procedure ?

ARGO Customs is doingCustoms clearance for a herbal tea. HS code 1211.90, 10.20 if not certified organic, CFIA regulated, approved.

Duty free, GST exempt.