ARGO Customs Brokers – Exemption from the requirement to carry a label ?

ARGO Montreal Customs Brokers:The following products are exempt from all requirements of the CPLA:

  • Prepackaged products that are produced or manufactured for commercial or industrial enterprises or institutions for use by such enterprises or institutions without being sold by them as prepackaged products to other consumers.
  • Prepackaged products that are produced or manufactured only for export or for sale to a duty-free store.

This means that these foods are exempt from all requirements in the CPLA, such as container sizes and claims, as well as the labelling requirements.

Only foods that are manufactured for export are also exempt from the labelling requirements of the FDA. Foods for commercial or industrial enterprises and foods for sale to a duty-free store are subject to the labelling requirements of the FDR.

Refined sugar – what is the duty rate ?

ARGO Toronto Customs Brokers; depends what is the Country of Origin and direct shipping from. Please ask our broker for details.

What are HS Codes?

The Harmonized System (HS) is the standardized coding system of names and numbers used in international trade. Over 200 countries representing about 98 percent of world trade use the HS as a basis for customs tariffs and the compilation of international trade data and statistics. HS compliance refers to the mandatory proper classification and declaration of goods coming into or leaving Canada. As an importer or exporter, you are responsible for the correct declaration of your goods. ARGO Customs Brokers can advise you the proper HS code, our consultations are free.

Canadian Goods returning to Canada – please advise the procedure.

ARGO Toronto Customs Brokers:FROM CFIA

Canadian Goods returning to Canada, regulated and classified between chapter 1 and 97

AIRS have an end use option of ‘Canadian goods returning’ which should be selected for these products. For EDI, the AIRS tool will require the Importer/Broker to declare the ‘Country of Origin’ as the country from which the goods are being sent and select the end use of “Canadian goods returning” in order to identify the proper import requirements.

Note: AIRS is designed for the purpose of import so there is no option for Canada as a ‘country of origin’ available in the AIRS tool.

For example: A Canadian good has gone across the border into New York, US and is being shipped back to Canada. In this case, the origin submitted to CBSA is Canada. CFIA will require that US (New York) be declared as the Country of Origin, and the end code of “Canadian Goods Returning” selected in AIRS tool. Both data elements for the Country of Origin (CBSA and CFIA) will be required in order to receive an EDI release.

Reasoning: There may be potential risk associated with different geographical regions/countries. In order to control the risk, AIRS is structured to work by identifying risk associated with different geographical regions/countries for any given commodity which CFIA regulates.

Canadian Good returning classified under headings 9813 and 9814,

CFIA regulated goods declared under chapter 98 must be submitted using paper. Transaction(s) will be rejected if EDI is used. Brokers have been advised that until further notice they are to select the “OGD requirement” box on the CBSA exception lead sheet for CFIA regulated commodities declared in headings 9813 and 9814 as there is not enough information for CFIA to make an electronic release decision using these HS headings.

If the broker chooses to use EDI to obtain release of “Canadian Goods Returned” (CGR) and the goods are regulated by CFIA, they would need to classify the goods under the applicable chapter (1-97) and then when they file their final accounting would specify the appropriate CGR tariff and Canada as country of origin. This is to confirm that the information on the final accounting documentation would be changed so that the importer may then benefit from the CGR duty/tax assessment. Difference in this information between the interim accounting and final accounting would not be considered inaccurate data by the CBSA since current provisions allow for this “way around” which supports EDI without compromising the importer’s entitlement for relief under CGR tariff.

Exported Motor Vehicles Drawback – please advise.

ARGO Toronto Customs Brokers: please check the Memorandum D7-3-2.

This memorandum outlines and explains the general conditions under which a drawback may be paid in respect of new motor vehicles purchased and used temporarily in Canada prior to exportation. This memorandum may interest those persons who are taking up residence outside of Canada and intend to purchase a new motor vehicle in Canada prior to departure. It may also be of interest to motor vehicle dealers.

1. The editing revisions made in this memorandum do not affect or change any of the existing policies or procedures.
2. This memorandum has been revised to reflect changes to the Canada Border Services Agency’s organizational structure.

ARGO Toronto Customs Brokers – Restriction on live birds, eggs, raw poultry products, raw pet foods from Oregon and Washington.

ARGO Toronto Customs Brokers – Restriction on live birds, eggs, raw poultry products, raw pet foods from Oregon and Washington.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is implementing measures to protect Canada’s poultry resources from an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza reported in poultry in the states of Oregon and Washington, USA.

Due to this outbreak, all birds, all raw poultry and all poultry products and by-products that are not fully cooked, including eggs and raw pet foods, sourced, processed, packaged or shipped from the states of Oregon and Washington are prohibited from entry into Canada until further notice.

These measures are a normal part of Canada’s animal disease control efforts and are consistent with international guidelines on trade.

Examples of prohibited items include:

  • live birds and hatching eggs
  • eggs, yolks, egg whites (albumen)
  • poultry meat (other than fully cooked, canned, commercially sterile meat products)
  • raw pet foods containing poultry products
  • feathers
  • poultry manure and litter
  • laboratory material containing poultry products/by-products

There is no food safety risk associated with these products. These measures are being taken to prevent the introduction of avian influenza into other parts of Canada.

Please advise what the particular requirements for a wooden packaging when importing to Canada ?

ARGO Toronto Customs Brokers: Wood packaging material (WPM) import requirements are strict guidelines put in place to protect Canadian ecosystems from non-native pests found in WPM. Invasive pests can result in economic losses — stemming from eradication and control costs in the millions of dollars, loss of export markets, and loss of Canadian industry and tourism jobs and dollars – as well as irreversible damage or loss of forests and forest ecosystems.

When the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) intercepts non-compliant WPM, it takes immediate action to limit the risk. If non-compliant shipments: Both the shipment and the WPM will be removed from Canada.

Wood packaging (e.g. pallets, containers, drums, etc.), excluding wood packaging made wholly from processed wood shipped to any country that has adopted ISPM 15 must be:

  • Produced by or purchased from a facility approved by the national plant protection organization as complying with ISPM 15
  • Heat treated to a minimum core temperature of 56°C for at least 30 minutes in a CFIA approved Heat Treatment facility.
  • Debarked so that any number of visually separate and clearly distinct small pieces of bark remaining are less than 3 cm in width (regardless of the length), or if greater than 3 cm in width or length, the total surface area of any individual piece of bark should not exceed 50 square cm.
  • Treated wood must be marked with an IPPC mark.

Use of A.T.A. Carnets and Canada/Chinese Taipei Carnets for the Temporary Admission of Goods ?

Use of A.T.A. Carnets and Canada/Chinese Taipei Carnets for the Temporary Admission of Goods.

A.T.A. Convention – the International Customs Convention on the A.T.A. (Admission Temporaire / Temporary Admission) Carnet for the Temporary Admission of Goods.

Goods that qualify for temporary importation are normally documented on Form E29B,Temporary Admission Permit. However, these goods may instead be documented on a carnet.

Carnets are international customs documents designed to simplify and streamline customs temporary entry procedures. Carnets are particularly useful for goods that will be imported into more than one country during the period for which the carnet is valid. A carnet replaces the national temporary entry documents, and it also guarantees duties will be paid if the imported goods are not re-exported in the time period allowed by the CBSA. Consequently, carnets eliminate the requirement to post security with the CBSA.

Carnets are not issued by the CBSA. In those countries that participate in the A.T.A. Convention, carnets are generally issued by the chambers of commerce. Each country has only one guaranteeing association but it may have more than one issuing association. Canada/Chinese Taipei Carnets are issued in Canada by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and in Taiwan by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).

Carnets are valid for a limited period (one year from the date of issue). A carnet cannot be accepted once it has expired. If goods are being re-exported after the expiry date, duty and taxes apply and are non-refundable.

Goods intended for sale, lease, processing, or repair are not permitted for temporary importation on a carnet.

Goods such as plants, food, and other consumable items that may be given away, disposed of, or used up are not permitted on a carnet.

Additions or substitutions to the general list are not permitted once the carnet has been issued, unless these changes have been authorized in writing by the issuing association.