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How Does Canadian Customs Work?

Each and every commercial item crossing the border into Canada must be declared, accounted for, and if applicable, have duty and taxes paid in full. In order to identify a product or commodity and establish its duty rate, the Canada Border Services Agency uses the HS (Harmonized System) code identifier administered by the Brussels-based World Customs Organization. This HS code system is comprised of over 5,000 commodity groups in 100 chapters....

Is The “Tampon Tax” Truly Gone For Good?

Stirring news recently, the Canadian federal government has announced that the “tampon tax” would officially be removed by July 1st, 2015. While the goal of ridding the country of antiquated tax and tariffs is noble, the law change has only done so much. While the “tampon tax” may be gone, the “tampon tariff” is still alive and well. This means there are still some taxes on tampons in Canada. What’s The Problem With The “Tampon T...

CBSA using Tariff Item 9948.00.00 to avoid “iPod tax” effect of GPT withdrawal

Under General Preferential Tariff (GPT) Withdrawal Order SOR/2013-161, goods imported to Canada from over 70 countries are set to lose their GPT benefits on January 1, 2015. This means that they will generally be subject to higher customs duties, and as the countries on the list include major consumer electronics manufacturers like China and South Korea the withdrawal has sometimes been known as the “iPod tax”. Put this way, the change was...

CETA Overview

Canada and the European Union signed the long-anticipated Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) last Friday. The agreement won’t go into effect until it’s been ratified by the European Parliament and all EU member states, probably in 2016, but this seems like a good time to take a look at the basics: Elimination of tariffs Around 98% of current customs duties will be erased when CETA goes into effect, and within seven years no t...

CBSA/CBP agreement on eventual resumption of Canadian domestic shipments via U.S.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency have finally reached an agreement on harmonization of data requirements relating to in-transit shipments of domestic goods through their respective countries. The agreement is a necessary step along the road towards relaxing post-9/11 restrictions that have made it impracticable for intra-Canada shipments to traverse the U.S. en route to domestic destinat...