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


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


ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIA MAY LEAD TO FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

Canada and India have agreed to begin discussions and the government is seeking comments concerning a comprehensive economic partnership agreement with India.

Two-way merchandise trade between Canada and India was $4.6 billion in 2008. Imports from India were $2.2 billion consisting mainly of organic chemicals, precious stones and metals, knit


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


THE OUTWARD PROCESSING REMISSION PROGRAM ALLOWS DUTY-FREE ENTRY OF APPAREL

The Outward Processing Remission Program removes all or part of the import duties on wearing apparel produced in a developing General Preferential Tariff (GPT) country using Canadian material inputs. This program is intended to benefit both Canadian textile manufacturers and garment manufacturers in developing countries.

The following is an overview


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


PORT STRIKE IN INDIA CALLED OFF

The five major trade unions representing port and dock workers in India have decided to defer strike action after assurances from the port managements that they were ready to negotiate a five-year wage settlement as demanded by the unions. Meetings are set to resume this month.

The five major trade unions represent port and