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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...

Temporary resident permits offer a way into Canada for Americans with criminal records

For most U.S. citizens and permanent residents, Canada is the easiest foreign country to travel to. But that changes drastically for people who meet one of Canada’s criteria for inadmissibility. Those include involvement in espionage, terrorism or human rights violations, as well as having a medical condition likely to endanger public health. Although that last category may become more important if the current Ebola crisis continues to worsen, ...

Ten U.S. ports of entry, four preclearance facilities open for optimized TN & L-1 processing

Since September, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been offering more efficient “optimized processing” of applications for TN and L-1 status from Canadian citizens at ten designated ports of entry and four preclearance facilities in Canada. But while that’s likely to mean reduced delays at the border, it’s not entirely clear that this approach is actually the best option for those seeking to obtain TN or L-1 status. Canadian...

Ebola screening in place at five U.S. airports

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is now taking temperatures and background information from passengers at the five airports that handle almost 95% of people traveling to the U.S. from the Ebola zone. Screening began on Saturday at JFK in New York; on Thursday it was expanded to nearby Newark Liberty, as well as Washington Dulles, Chicago O'Hare, and Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta international airports. The screening procedure applies to...

Federal Circuit affirms broad personal liability for “introduction” of goods into U.S. commerce by means of material false statements

Small business owners and import compliance personnel received a pointed reminder last month on the importance of being scrupulously accurate on import documents. In a September 16 en banc decision, U.S. v. Trek Leather (Slip. Op. No. 2011-1527), the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) held Trek’s owner, Harish Shadadpuri, liable for gross negligence in violation of the 19 U.S.C. § 1592(a)(1) prohibition against enter...