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Export of Controlled Cultural Property

The control list does not apply to objects which are less than 50 years old, or made by a person still living. It should be noted that other restrictions may apply to individual categories identified on the control list. The export of controlled cultural property is subject to a permit procedure which is administered by […]

Determining Value for Duty of Computer Software

Under the Computer Carrier Media Remission Order, customs duty is not to be assessed on the value of the instructions or data content. However, any applicable customs duty will apply on the value of the carrier medium (for example, disk or tape) and the cost of reproducing the instructions or data onto the medium. The […]

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 […]

For Non-Resident Importers

The CBSA has provided a template indicating the information required to process a request to maintain records outside of Canada, available at Please note that this is not a prescribed form and the same information may be provided in a different format. This template will be included in an appendix to a future version […]

A possible scam involving vehicle purchases.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is warning Canadians about a possible scam involving vehicle purchases. In multiple reports, an individual posing as a salesperson from a luxury car dealership in Utah tries to coerce Canadian customers into paying for a vehicle by phone or online. Customers are forwarded what appear to be emails from […]

SIMA – Preliminary Determinations Respecting Certain Silicon Metal from the People’s Republic of China

On July 22, 2013, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) made preliminary determinations of dumping and subsidizing, pursuant to subsection 38(1) of the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA), in respect of silicon metal containing at least 96.00% but less than 99.99% silicon by weight, and silicon metal containing between 89.00% and 96.00% silicon by weight […]

Requirements for cold storage warehouses that store fish

Please note that the following information is provided to support CFIA inspectors in their activities for the certification of fish exported from Canada to the EU. Maintenance of the official text for EU legislation, and the interpretation of that legislation, is the responsibility of the European Commission. Further, member states may adopt additional country specific […]

Meat producers sue over U.S. labelling laws

Eight American and Canadian meat and livestock groups have filed suit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture over revised meat-labelling laws. They called the so-called country-of-origin labelling rules “capricious and arbitrary” and argued the USDA is exceeding its mandate in putting them into effect. The rules, which took effect May 23, require meat labels to […]

Single Window Initiative (SWI).

The CSCB, as part of CBSA’s BCCC OGD Subcommittee, recently participated on two webinars regarding the Single Window Initiative (SWI). The first webinar was specific to Health Canada requirements and the second to Transport Canada. Click to see the presentations. Other webinars will follow, as Participating Government Agencies (PGAs – formerly OGDs) begin to identify […]

Phase 1 of Canada-US truck cargo pre-inspection pilot now underway

The following is excerpted from the 2 July 2013 edition of Canadian Transportation & Logistics. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has begun Phase I of a truck cargo pre-inspection pilot. The project, which got underway at the Pacific Highway crossing adjacent to Surrey, B.C. June 17, is a collaborative effort by CBP, Canada Border […]