POSSIBLE ANTI-DUMPING DUTY ON MATTRESS INNERSPRINGS FROM CHINA

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has received a complaint that certain mattress innerspring units originating in or exported from China are being dumped, causing injury to Canadian producers.

As a result, the CBSA is seeking information from importers to determine if the goods are being dumped and the Canadian International Trade


ISSUES DISCOVERED IN CUSTOMS COMPLIANCE VERIFICATIONS – HOW TO AVOID PENALTIES & ASSESSMENTS

The CBSA has provided the following information related to compliance verifications (audits).



Currently there are 12 national priorities for compliance verification:

Tariff Classification verification

• Juice products

Origin verification

• Large household appliances
• Sport/recreational fishing equipment
• Swimming Pools
• Air-conditioner industry
• Articles of bedding

CBSA REMINDS IMPORTERS THAT DUTIES RELIEF IS AN EXPORT-BASED PROGRAM

Duties Relief Program participants must be able to track all receipts, activities, and movement of goods imported under the program. These records must enable customs auditors to verify that goods imported under the program were either exported or duty-paid, and that all discrepancies such as overages and shortages were reported.


FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH SWITZERLAND, NORWAY, LIECHTENSTEIN & ICELAND

The free trade agreement (FTA) with the states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA)-Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland-has received Royal Assent. Canada will provide official notification to the four EFTA countries in order for the Agreement to come into force on July 1, 2009. Upon implementation of the EFTA, most


FREE TRADE NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE EU

Canada and the European Union (EU) plan to start negotiating a new economic and free trade agreement at this month’s EU-Canada summit.

Negotiators will try to expand trade in areas such as investment services, government procurement and agriculture goods, and will also try to allow the temporary movement of workers between Canada and the


FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH SWITZERLAND, NORWAY, LIECHTENSTEIN & ICELAND

The free trade agreement (FTA) with the states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA)-Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland-has received Royal Assent. Canada will provide official notification to the four EFTA countries in order for the Agreement to come into force on July 1, 2009. Upon implementation of the EFTA, most


ANTI-DUMPING DUTY ON STEEL FASTENERS (SCREWS & BOLTS) – EXPIRY REVIEW

Anti-dumping & countervailing duty on carbon and stainless steel fasteners made in China and Taiwan is scheduled to expire on January 6, 2010.

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal has initiated an expiry review of its findings made on January 7, 2005 concerning the dumping of certain carbon steel fasteners,


ANTI-DUMPING DUTY ON STEEL FASTENERS (SCREWS & BOLTS) – EXPIRY REVIEW

Anti-dumping & countervailing duty on carbon and stainless steel fasteners made in China and Taiwan is scheduled to expire on January 6, 2010.

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal has initiated an expiry review of its findings made on January 7, 2005 concerning the dumping of certain carbon steel fasteners,


FIRST SALE VALUE DECLARATION AND AMENDMENTS

Under the “first sale” rule, importers are allowed to pay duty based on the first cost in multi-tiered transactions if they can demonstrate that the first sale was for goods destined to the U.S.

As of August 20, 2008, when declaring first cost values, the importer must make a special “first sale” declaration to