Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) Appeal: I Pod Armband Case Ruled Under 8522.90.90 As Other Accessories
The issue in this appeal is whether armband cases (the goods in issue) for portable electronic devices should be classified under tariff item No. 4202.99.90 ( MFN duty rate 7%) of the schedule to the Customs Tariff2 as other trunks, suitcases, vanity

2012 Authorizations under the Textile and Apparel Remission Orders
The purpose of this customs notice is to inform industry that the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is now accepting applications for the 2012 calendar year for renewals of authorizations required pursuant to the following Remission Orders, subsequently amended most recently by P.C. 2008-1599, Order Amending Certain Textile and Apparel Remission

Customs Tariff Concordance Tables
CBSA has advised the CSCB that the Customs Tariff Concordance Tables (2011 to 2012 and 2012 to 2011 10-Digit) are now available on their website at this URL:
Previous messages about the 2012 have indicated that CBSA intends to have the complete 2012 tariff available in a downloadable format by December 1,

Ensuring That You Are Prepared for CBSA Periodic Verification Audits
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is currently applying an audit-based approach and penalty regime to enforce Customs compliance for goods imported into Canada. The audit consists of reviewing a company’s overall compliance with Customs and other Government departments’ legislation, and is normally initiated by a written notice.

NAFTA Textile/Apparel TPL Utilization
The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) has updated the utilization of the NAFTA Tariff Preference Levels (TPL) as of January 1, 2011 to October 31, 2011.
To view the updated reports click on the following links.
Information on these and other recent developments can be obtained

Consultations concernant les négociations en vue d’accroître l’Accord de libre-échange existant avec Israël
Le gouvernement du Canada veut connaître l’opinion des Canadiens concernant la portée des négociations possibles pour accroître l’Accord de libre-échange (ALE) existant entre le Canada et l’État d’Israël (Israël).
L’avis fait partie du processus de consultations nationales du gouvernement du Canada auprès des entreprises, des organisations des

Phase 7 of Food Import Notification to Begin October 31, 2011
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is continuing to implement changes to import notification requirements for commodities that fall under its jurisdiction.
Effective October 31, 2011, phase 7 of this initiative will come into effect. This initiative should improve the availability of the information the CFIA uses

Record-Keeping Obligations & Penalty-Avoidance Measures
Duty Deferral participants are reminded of their responsibilities under the duties relief program.  A review of the following will assist in avoiding penalties in the event of an audit by CBSA.
Record Keeping Obligations
Program participants must be able to track all receipts, activities, and movement of goods imported under the