THE 2008 OLYMPICS HOSTED IN BEIJING

Commencing August 8th – August 24th the Summer 2008 Olympic Games will take place in Beijing and neighbouring cities.

Regatta sailing will take place in Qingdao, Equestrian Events in Hong Kong, Football (soccer) will take place in Qinhaungdao, Shanghai, Shenyang and Tianjin.

Traffic control and smog reducing measures have been suggested and may be


CROSS-BORDER DISCUSSIONS WITH OMNITRANS CONSULTANTS

Increased trade in non-NAFTA goods within North America, specifically between Canada and the United States raises several customs issues that companies may or may not be taking advantage of.

Issues to consider include:

  • Canadian and U.S. duty drawback
  • Valuation of imported goods both into Canada and the U.S. to preserve to the extent possible, the

MANDATORY EDI CLEARANCES

This is a reminder that EDI clearances for PARS shipments arriving by truck into Canada will become mandatory on October 15, 2007. Paper entries will no longer be accepted by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), except in exceptional, pre-determined cases.

All shipments arriving at the border will not be processed by the CBSA unless the release


TARIFF RELIEF AVAILABLE TO IMPORTERS OF MANUFACTURING INPUTS

The Department of Finance is committed to fostering growth and competitiveness of Canadian manufacturers.

Omnitrans has helped many importers file successful representations regarding their specific relief requests. Duty savings realized are significant. Importers unable to source their purchases from Canadian producers should consider this program.

For information on how to ensure all


DUTY DRAWBACK OPPORTUNITIES SHOULD NOT BE MISSED

Companies that pay duty on imported goods are eligible for a refund (drawback) of that duty if the goods were:

  • exported in the same conditio
  • exported after having been further manufactured or processed

Drawback on “same-condition” goods is applicable even if the goods are exported to the United States and Mexico.

Drawback on


END-USE TARIFF PROVISIONS AND PENALTIES FOR NON-COMPLIANCE

Importers need to be aware of their responsibilities related to duty-free or reduced H.S. tariff classifications applied to materials imported for specific uses.

Canada Customs Compliance Verification Officers can assess duty, interest, and AMPS penalties up to 4 years from date of importation, and are currently reviewing the classifications of several thousand duty-free