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Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement CUSMA): What importers need to know
May 6, 2020
The Canada Border Services Agency has developed a go-to page for Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement CUSMA) related information. Topics include: Overview of key changes ......

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Final Safeguard Measures Imposed on the Importation of Certain Steel Goods to be reduced.
May 4, 2020
Customs Notice 19-08 - Final Safeguard Measures Imposed on the Importation of Certain Steel Goods The rates for surtax applied to ......

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Implementation of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) De Minimis Threshold with Respect to Customs Duties and Taxes for Courier Imports
May 4, 2020
The following Notice is available in its entirety on the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) website and provides information with regards ......

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APHIS CORE Still Expected in August
May 1, 2020
U.S. Customs and Border Protection released CSMS #41839060 notifying the trade community that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal ......

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U.S. Department of Commerce Proposes Aluminum Import Licensing
May 1, 2020
The Department of Commerce has now proposed new regulations that would create an Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis System that ......

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U.S. Department of Commerce Proposes Expansion of Steel Import Licensing
May 1, 2020
The Department of Commerce issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would expand steel import licensing requirements to ......

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WHO/WCO list of priority medicines and an updated joint WCO/WHO HS classification list for COVID-19 medical supplies now available
April 30, 2020
The WCO continues its close cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) to contribute to the rapid cross-border movement of ......

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Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) Rules of Origin
April 28, 2020
The following is now available on the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) website D11-5-16, Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership ......

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How to properly declare a Safe Food for Canadians licence number on food import declarations
April 27, 2020
The following is provided by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). As part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s ongoing efforts ......

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COVID-19 Commercial Update to Industry Stakeholders April 24, 2020
April 27, 2020
The following is provided by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). KEY MESSAGE In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CBSA has ......

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NAFTA transition to CUSMA/USMCA
April 27, 2020
Canada, Mexico, and the United States have taken measures necessary to comply with their commitments under the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement ......

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CBSA FAST/NEXUS Temporary closures
April 24, 2020
Notice: COVID-19 update (April 22, 2020): Temporary closures In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the closure of all FAST/NEXUS Enrolment ......

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CBP Postpones Payment of Certain Estimated Duties, Taxes, and Fees
April 24, 2020
On Sunday, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order temporarily extending deadlines for certain estimated payments.  Today, the U.S. Department ......

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APHIS Plans to Move Fruit and Vegetable Import Permits to eFile this Fall
April 24, 2020
The Animal Plant Health Inspection Agency’s (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) division announced that this fall, fruit and vegetable ......

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Court of International Trade Rules on Cedar Shakes and Shingles
April 24, 2020
This week, the Court of International Trade (CIT) ruled that cedar shakes and shingles are not included in the anti-dumping ......

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COVID-19 Commercial Update to Industry Stakeholders April 21, 2020
April 22, 2020
The following is provided by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Key Message The Canada Border Services Agency is focused on the ......

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CBP Postpones Payment of Certain Estimated Duties, Taxes, and Fees
April 20, 2020
On Sunday, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order temporarily extending deadlines for certain estimated payments.  Today, the U.S. Department ......

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Notice to Exporters – Export of items listed on the Export Control List to Turkey
April 20, 2020
On October 11, 2019, in response to Turkey’s military incursion into Syria, Canada temporarily suspended the issuance of all new ......

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REVISED!! CN 20-12, COVID-19: Tariff Classification and Other Information to Import Medical Supplies
April 17, 2020
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has published the "revised" CN20-12 as it relates to the tariff classification of plastic ......

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Interim Policy on Household cleaning products , hand soaps and body soaps (COVID-19)
April 17, 2020
The following is provided by Health Canada. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented demand for household cleaning products regulated under ......

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FDA Temporarily Lessens On-site Audit Requirements
April 16, 2020
Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), U.S. importers are required to conduct ......

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Department of Commerce Proposes Expansion of Steel Import Licensing
April 16, 2020
Earlier this week, the Department of Commerce issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would expand steel import ......

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Detroit FDA Revises Hours of Operation
April 16, 2020
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the port of Detroit has notified the trade community that their hours of ......

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Temporary Imports: Statement of Use Requirements
April 16, 2020
The Harmonized Tariff Schedule United States (HTSUS) and Title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations allow for the temporary ......

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April 15: COVID-19 Commercial Update to Industry Stakeholders
April 16, 2020
The following is provided by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Key Issues Ports Of Entry POE) Update In response to the COVID-19 ......

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HS Classification of Plastic Face Shields, CN20-12 Clarification
April 15, 2020
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)  has provided clarification on the classification of plastic face shields. In Customs Notice 20-12, the ......

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COVID-19 – Temporary reduction of service at Canadian land border crossings
April 15, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is temporarily reducing service hours at a total ......

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CFIA expectations on the prevention of and response to suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 by operators
April 15, 2020
The following is provided by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). New expectations for operators have been posted on the CFIA ......

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COVID-19 Commercial Update to Industry Stakeholders April 14, 2020
April 15, 2020
CAED decommissioning date delay Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Automated Export Declaration (CAED) decommissioning date has been extended from June ......

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Hand Sanitizers regulated by Health Canada
April 14, 2020
Hand sanitizers are regulated by Health Canada.  Complete and detailed descriptions are required on the customs documents including name of manufacturer, ......

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Update: Information on labelling requirements for foodservice products due to COVID-19
April 14, 2020
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has updated its notice to industry regarding labelling requirements for foodservice products during the COVID-19 ......

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Joint WCO/WHO HS classification list for COVID-19 medical supplies issued
April 9, 2020
To respond to the unprecedented demand in medical supplies amid the current global COVID-19 pandemic around the world, and in ......

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China 301 Duty: Update and Exclusion Information
April 9, 2020
As many of our readers are aware, the U.S. levied additional tariffs on goods made in China.  These tariffs have ......

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FDA Recommends Use of ITACS
April 9, 2020
CSMS #42253103 was issued this week and it advises that the FDA Recommends Use of ITACS During COVID-19 Outbreak. Two ......

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New Import Certification Requirements for Organic Products
April 9, 2020
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is expected to release the new rules for submitting ......

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EICS Bulletin: Steel Safeguard Tariff Rate Quotas
April 8, 2020
This message pertains to imports of certain steel goods (heavy plate and stainless steel wire) subject to the Order Imposing ......

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COVID-19 Commercial Update to Industry Stakeholders April 7, 2020
April 8, 2020
KEY MESSAGE: The CBSA is continuing to work in partnership with Other Government Departments to support Industry amid the COVID-19 ......

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Revised Customs Notice CN20-08: Emergency Goods COVID-19
April 8, 2020
Imported Goods for Emergency Use in Response to COVID-19 This Customs Notice is in effect until further notice. This notice provides information ......

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Latest update for importers and brokers of organic products – CFIA
April 8, 2020
The purpose of this notice is to inform you that as of April 2020, the organic import requirements for honey ......

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Updated Guidance to Meat Slaughter and Processing Establishments on Prevention and Response to Suspect and Confirmed COVID-19
April 8, 2020
Updated guidance has been posted on the CFIA website about preventing and responding to COVID-19 in meat slaughter and processing ......

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Update on SFCR requirements for the manufactured food sector
April 8, 2020
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is working diligently to respond to challenges raised by industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic ......

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CN Intermodal News – New Storage Options
April 7, 2020
The following is provided by CN We recognize that these are difficult times and want to thank you for your continued ......

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EICS Bulletin: Wheat Tariff Rate Quota
April 7, 2020
[Deadline Extended] Message to Industry: Wheat Tariff Rate Quota This message pertains to imports of wheat classified under Customs Tariff headings: ......

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CN 20-13, Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA): Amendment to the Definition of “Specially Defined Mixtures
April 7, 2020
The purpose of this notice is to advise of the change to Supplementary Note 1 to Chapter 16, titled “specially ......

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CN 20-15, Increase to the Low Value Shipment (LVS) Threshold for Goods Imported into Canada
April 7, 2020
This notice provides information on regulatory changes for new low value shipment (LVS) thresholds that will be implemented at the ......

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Certain Dry Wheat Pasta Schedule Revision in Relation to Re-investigation
April 7, 2020
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has revised the schedule in relation to the re‑investigation to update the normal values, ......

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Temporary suspension of certain labelling requirements for foodservice products due to COVID-19 (CFIA)
April 7, 2020
Effective immediately, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is temporarily suspending certain labelling requirements for foodservice products due to COVID-19. Foodservice products ......

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Certain Corrosion-Resistant Steel Sheet Statement of Reasons Ottawa, April 3, 2020
April 6, 2020
Concerning the preliminary determinations with respect to the dumping and subsidizing of certain corrosion-resistant steel sheet originating in or exported ......

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Statement by the Deputy Prime Minister on Canada’s ratification of the new NAFTA
April 6, 2020
Statement by the Deputy Prime Minister on Canada’s ratification of the new NAFTA April 3, 2020 Ottawa, Ontario The Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia ......

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Bilingual labelling of treated seed, effective April 23, 2020 – CFIA
April 3, 2020
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is implementing regulatory changes for treated seed sold in Canada. Effective April 23, 2020, ......

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April 2, 2020 COVID-19 Commercial Update
April 3, 2020
KEY MESSAGE from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) We continue to work on establishing a process to receive certain paper ......

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CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM)
April 2, 2020
The CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) initiative will offer significant benefits to the trade community. The CARM Client Portal ......

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Certain Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG I & II) and Certain Seamless Casing Schedule revision in relation to re‑investigations
April 2, 2020
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has revised the schedule in relation to the re‑investigations to update the normal values ......

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CFIA offices moving to appointment only
April 2, 2020
To support Canadian Food Inspection Agency's delivery of critical services during the COVID-19 pandemic, its offices will be open by ......

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CFIA NISC service change during upcoming statutory holidays – April 9 to 14
April 2, 2020
This message is for all importers and customs brokers who do business with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) National ......

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Mexican Tomato Inspection Begins April 6th
April 2, 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a notice advising the trade that inspection requirements for Mexican tomatoes will begin on ......

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Department of Commerce Proposes Expansion of Steel Import Licensing
April 2, 2020
Earlier this week, the Department of Commerce issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would expand steel import ......

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Lacey Act Form Required on 29 New Tariff Numbers
April 2, 2020
This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that, beginning October 1st, ......

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Customs Notice 20-12 COVID-19: Tariff Classification and Other Information to Import Medical Supplies
March 31, 2020
Customs Notice 20-12 - COVID-19: Tariff Classification and Other Information to Import Medical Supplies This Notice is available in its entirety on ......

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Changes to Declaring Shipments Containing CFIA-Regulated Goods to CBSA
March 31, 2020
As many importers and customs brokers are aware, before non-commercial shipments that contain CFIA regulated goods are imported into Canada, ......

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Preventing and responding to COVID-19 in meat slaughter and processing establishments
March 31, 2020
Guidance has been posted on the CFIA website about preventing and responding to COVID-19 in meat slaughter and processing establishments. The ......

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Information Notice: 20-FO-004 CBP Agriculture Clearance Hours
March 30, 2020
Lewiston Bridge Agriculture Hours Change until Further Notice The Port of Buffalo has notified the trade community that, effective immediately, CBP ......

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Statement from John Ossowski, President of the Canada Border Services Agency
March 27, 2020
March 26, 2020 – Ottawa (Ontario) – Canada Border Services Agency Today, John Ossowski, President of the Canada Border Services Agency, ......

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Mexican Tomato Inspection Begins April 6th
March 27, 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a notice advising the trade that inspection requirements for Mexican tomatoes will begin on ......

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FDA’s Import Operations Remain Operational
March 27, 2020
CSMS #42118616 was issued this week advising the trade that FDA’s Import Operations remain operational, inclusive of FDA Prior Notice ......

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NCBFAA Publishes Q & A with APHIS Regarding COVID-19 Crisis
March 27, 2020
This week, the National Customs Broker and Freight Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) published a question and answer article with ......

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Storage Policies and Fees (CN and CP)
March 26, 2020
CN have advised that they will not be amending their current policies or pricing regarding storage time as they do ......

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Certain Carbon Steel Fasteners Notice of Expiry Review Determinations
March 26, 2020
Certain Carbon Steel Fasteners Notice of Expiry Review Determinations The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) initiated an expiry review investigation (investigation) ......

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WCO COVID-19 Notice: counterfeit medical supplies and introduction of export controls on personal protective equipment
March 25, 2020
The WCO reminds the general public to exercise extreme caution when purchasing critical medical supplies from unknown sources, particularly online.  ......

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Statement on joint international effort to ensure supply chain connectivity amid COVID-19 pandemic
March 25, 2020
March 25, 2020 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and ......

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Certain Corrosion-Resistant Steel Sheet Notice of Preliminary Determinations
March 25, 2020
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) made preliminary determinations of dumping and subsidizing with respect to certain corrosion resistant steel ......

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Air Canada Cargo (General Cargo storage times)
March 24, 2020
The following is provided by Air Canada Cargo Due to the current situation, we understand that lots of companies in Canada ......

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COVID-19 Daily Commercial Update to Industry Stakeholders March 23, 2020
March 24, 2020
Canada and the U.S. recognize the critical necessity to preserve the supply chains between both countries. Supply chains will not be ......

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CFIA is prioritizing critical activities during COVID-19 pandemic
March 24, 2020
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is taking action to preserve the integrity of Canada's food safety system, while safeguarding ......

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Expedited access to disinfectants, hand sanitizers and personal protective equipment to help limit the spread of COVID-19, as well as swabs for testing
March 23, 2020
Summary Products: Hand sanitizers, disinfectants, personal protective equipment (such as masks and gowns) and swabs. Issue: Health Canada is expediting access to ......

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U.S.-Canada Joint Initiative: Temporary Restriction of Travelers Crossing the U.S.-Canada Border for Non-Essential Purposes
March 20, 2020
March 20, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Prime Minister’s Office U.S.-Canada Joint Initiative: Temporary Restriction of Travelers Crossing the U.S.-Canada Border ......

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March 19, 2020 COVID-19 CBSA Commercial & Trade Update
March 20, 2020
COVID-19 Daily Commercial Update to Industry – Stakeholders Borders remain open for commercial operations and the CBSA is actively working to ......

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Mexican Tomato Inspection Begins April 6th
March 19, 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a notice advising the trade that inspection requirements for Mexican tomatoes will begin on ......

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FDA Temporarily Lessens On-site Audit Requirements
March 19, 2020
Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), U.S. importers are required to conduct ......

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Section 232 and 301 Tariff Not Expected to be Lifted
March 19, 2020
This week, President Trump was asked if he would be interested in lifting, even temporarily, the Section 232 and/or the ......

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Changes in Requesting an Extension to the 90-day Period to Submit Corrections Customs Notice 20-09
March 19, 2020
CN 20-09, Changes in Requesting an Extension to the 90-day Period to Submit Corrections Customs Notice 20-09 1. The purpose of ......

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March 18, 2020 COVID-19 CBSA Commercial & Trade Update
March 19, 2020
COVID-19 Daily Commercial Update to Industry – Stakeholders Canada Border Services Agency key message is “Borders remain open and commercial operations ......

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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Information for industry – CFIA
March 18, 2020
Notice to industry regulated by the CFIA In recent days, the CFIA has received many requests from industry to have its ......

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March 17, 2020 COVID-19 CBSA Commercial & Trade Update
March 18, 2020
COVID-19 Daily Commercial Update to Industry – Stakeholders Canada Border Services Agency key message is “Borders remain open and commercial operations ......

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CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM)
March 17, 2020
What is CARM? CARM is a large multi-year project that began in 2016 with the implementation of the Accounts Receivable Ledger ......

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COVID-19 Announcement from the Canadian International Trade Tribunal
March 17, 2020
Following is an announcement from the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) regarding COVID-19: English Français   ...

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Canada Ratifies CUSMA Trade Deal with U.S. and Mexico
March 17, 2020
On March 13, 2020, Bill C-4 (Canada US Mexico Agreement) passed through both the House of Commons and the Senate.  ......

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SIMA Registry temporary delivery changes (CBSA)
March 17, 2020
In response to the current pandemic situation, while ensuring the ongoing delivery of our services, we would like to advise ......

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March 16, 2020 – COVID-19 CBSA Commercial & Trade Update (CBSA)
March 17, 2020
COVID-19 Daily Commercial Update to Industry - Stakeholders Canada Border Services Agency key message is "Borders remain open and commercial operations are ......

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Single Window Initiative (SWI), Integrated Import Declaration (IID) and Health Canada – What’s My Part?
March 16, 2020
Effective April 1, 2020 all Pre-Arrival Release (PARS) requests with regulated goods for Participating Government Agencies (PGAs) must be submitted ......

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Excise Duty Rates Increase as of April 1, 2020
March 13, 2020
As of April 1, 2020 the excise duty rates will increase on spirits, wine, beer, tobacco products and cannabis products based ......

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EICS Bulletin – Import Monitoring Program
March 13, 2020
The Trade and Export Controls Bureau of Global Affairs Canada is responsible for administering the Steel and Aluminum Import Monitoring ......

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ISF & Ocean Shipments: What you need to know
March 12, 2020
Regardless if the final destination is the United States or Canada, if your ocean shipment is docking in the United ......

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Right to Make Entry: CBP Trade Priority
March 12, 2020
U.S. Customs has made the topic of “right to make entry” a trade priority in recent years.  The right to ......

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NCBFAA Recommends ‘Soft Enforcement Period’ for APHIS CORE
March 12, 2020
The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) issued comments to The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service ......

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EICS Bulletin: Wheat Tariff Rate Quota (FILLED)
March 12, 2020
Message to Industry: Wheat Tariff Rate Quota  This message pertains to imports of wheat classified under Customs Tariff headings: 1001.11, 1001.19, ......

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Non-Resident Importer Recordkeeping Requirements (CANADA)
March 12, 2020
Importers including non-resident importers are obligated to maintain records pertaining to goods imported into Canada. Regulations specify that every person who is ......

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COVID-19 is a global challenge. Keeping our supply chains moving is important for maintaining the health and wellbeing of citizens and businesses. While the Canada - U.S. border is now closed to non-essential traffic, it is still open for trade and commerce. We are committed to doing our part for global supply chains.

We are protecting the health and safety of our employees. They are working from home, except for critical functions that require certain equipment or managing paper/courier flow. In those cases we are following social distancing guidelines.

We are open and available to assist you, and key players in your supply chains. Our dedicated staff are available 24/7 and our brokerage and logistics experts are available to help you make adjustments to your supply chain, if necessary.

We encourage you to check out the government programs available to families, businesses, exporters and importers. And, while respecting the need for social distancing we encourage everyone, including our staff, to reach out and remain connected to family, friends, colleagues and customers.

Stay safe.

Peter Willson
Chairman & CEO
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