CONTROL AND DISPOSAL OF SEIZED GOODS

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will be implementing changes to the control and disposal of seized goods. Seizure and ascertained forfeiture normally apply to serious infractions, often associated with prohibited goods.

The CBSA has agreed to implement recommendations in a recent report from the Internal Audit and Evaluation Committee which determined that the


POTENTIAL DUTY REFUNDS AVAILABLE TO IMPORTERS OF PET BEDS

If your company is an importer of pet beds, you may have been overpaying customs duties.

It may be possible to recover a portion of the duties paid on past importations of pet beds as far back as four years from the date of the importation.

Omnitrans Inc. is an industry


DESIGNER REMISSION ORDER PROVIDES TARIFF RELIEF ON FABRICS

The ‘Designer Remission Order, 2001’ provides eligible fashion designers and design houses with temporary duty-free access to a wide range of fabrics for use in the manufacture of limited quantities of innovative apparel marketed under their own trademark or label. The program is scheduled to expire on December 13, 2010.

The following


COMPLIANCE AUDITS – HOW TO PREPARE AND PROTECT AGAINST ASSESSMENTS

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has confirmed that if an importer has reason to believe an error in classification, valuation or tariff treatment occurred, and fails to file corrective B2 adjustments, the importer would be subject to penalties during a subsequent audit.

An analysis of audit results indicates that


REQUEST FOR TARIFF RELIEF ON POLYAMIDE YARN

The Department of Finance has invited views on a request for tariff relief on the following polyamide yarn:

  • Single yarn, solely of polyamide, an aramid of poly m-phenylene isophthalamide, for use in the manufacture of fabrics for high temperature emission hoses for the automotive market

This yarn is currently dutiable at 8% under


REQUEST FOR TARIFF RELIEF ON ALUMINUM FOIL

The Department of Finance has invited views on a request for tariff relief on the following:

  • Backed aluminium foil of a thickness of less than 0.127 mm, not printed and not embossed

This material is currently dutiable at 6.5% under the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) tariff treatment under tariff item 7607.20.90.

Importers or


REQUEST FOR TARIFF RELIEF ON WARP PILE FABRIC

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) has commenced an investigation as a result of request number TR-2008-003 for the removal of customs duty on the following warp pile fabric:

  • Knitted warp pile fabric, cut, solely of polyester, including the ground fabric, brushed, for use in the manufacture of coffin interiors

This fabric


NAFTA AUDITS UPDATE – TEXTILE & APPAREL EXPORTERS NEED HELP

In recent months, Canada Border Services Agency auditors have determined that certain textile apparel produced in the United States does not qualify for duty-free entry under NAFTA.

Duty-free tariff treatment applies to NAFTA, LDC and other qualifying goods purchased under free trade agreements. However, assessments due to lack of origin