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


STRIKE THREAT IN INDIA

Employees of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) have threatened to go on a strike starting at midnight Thursday April 30. The protest is against the government’s move to redeploy the workforce at Mumbai and Delhi airports.

Approximately 4,000 employees from both Mumbai and Delhi airports are to be redeployed next month in accordance with the


LONG BEACH CALIFORNIA POSTPONES CONTAINER FEES

The Board of Harbor Commissioners for the Port of Long Beach has voted to postpone container fees. (Refer to OMNITRANS NEWS August 7, 2008). The fees were intended to fund infrastructure projects, and are postponed until at least July of 2010 due to a decline in international trade.

The Commission plans to seek other


SHIPMENTS FROM MEXICO NOW ELIGIBLE FOR CSA CLEARANCE

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has expanded the Customs Self Assessment (CSA) clearance and accounting option to include eligible commercial goods shipped directly from Mexico. Prior to this amendment, the CSA clearance option was only applicable to goods from the U.S. (the accounting option is available to imports from anywhere).

CSA


PET FOOD AND TREATS SUBJECT TO ADDITIONAL CONTROLS

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) controls imports of pet food and treats such as dog chews in order to protect against disease. Because of the risks associated with products derived from meat, the CFIA has revised the regulations to include the following requirements:

  • CFIA requires a copy of the label or

REQUEST FOR TARIFF RELIEF ON GAS TURBINE-DRIVEN GENERATOR SETS

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

o Gas turbine-driven generator sets with a range of 30 to 40 MW.

This equipment is currently dutiable at 6% under the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) tariff treatment under tariff item 8502.39.10.

Importers or


CORDED WINDOW PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO NEW STANDARDS

As of April 2, 2009, corded window covering products are subject to enforcement of legally-binding requirements that reduce the risk of strangulation to young children.

The Corded Window Coverings Products Regulations specify requirements to reduce the risk of strangulation as follows.

  • Corded window coverings must meet the product safety requirements of section 4

GUIDELINES FOR CUSTOMS COMPLIANCE VERIFICATIONS

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has written formal procedures to follow when conducting a compliance verification review. All field officers and auditors have detailed procedures to follow when verifying compliance.

A Compliance Assessment Review will verify the accuracy of import records pertaining to tariff classification, origin and tariff treatment, valuation, end-use, duty deferral and


REQUEST FOR TARIFF RELIEF ON POLYESTER / VISCOSE FABRIC

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

  • 3-thread twill weave fabrics of polyester filaments in the warp and viscose rayon filaments in the weft, of a weight not exceeding 100 grams per square metre, for use in the

CRA SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOL IMPROVES MANAGEMENT OF GST/HST ADMINISTRATION

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has issued a GST/HST Administration Checklist, a self-assessment tool for the management of GST/HST.

This document provides tips and checklists that can help organizations improve their management of the GST/HST administration. It can also help companies meet organizational and compliance objectives.