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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...

Border Crossing: Driving Your U.S. Purchases Back to Canada

Every day around a hundred thousand Canadians drive into the U.S., and over two thirds of them return on the same day they left. Few experience any problems at the border, and average delays are only around 15 minutes. Still, it never hurts to be prepared, and there are a few things it can pay to be aware of before you arrive at the border crossing on your way home. Shopping One good reason to head south is to take advantage of generally cheape...

Ontario Exports Yet to Respond to Lower Canadian Dollar, Improved U.S. economy

The Canadian dollar has been hovering in the low 90-cent range versus its American counterpart since the beginning of the year, and the U.S. economy is coming off three years of slow-but-steady growth. These facts might be expected to boost Canadian manufacturing exports, around half of which come from Ontario, but they haven't done so yet. After growing by a paltry one percent last year, exports actually dropped by 1.4 percent in March, the late...