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Increases to Administrative Monetary Penalties Contraventions

CN 19-05, Changes to Administrative Monetary Penalties Contraventions C004, C080, C081, C082, C083, C152, C157, C168, C169, C214, C215, C216, C217, C218, C223, C224, C298, C336, C350, C351, C352 and C353

The purpose of this notice is to advise importers that 22 contraventions related to commercial trade will be amended, effective April 1, 2019.  The increases will bring penalty levels in line with other non-trade commercial penalties. These increases affect non-compliant importers only.

The increases follow a review of the Administrative Monetary Penalty (AMPS) regime that the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) undertook from November 2017 to July 2018 that included consultations with the following industry stakeholder groups: the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters, and the Association of International Customs and Border Agencies.  Company representatives were also consulted through the Border Commercial Consultative Committee.  The CBSA indicated through a public report to the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee in September 2018 that it would not increase penalties before spring 2019.

The following contraventions will have their penalty amounts increased (at all levels): C004, C080, C081, C082, C083, C152, C157, C168, C169, C214, C215, C216, C217, C218, C223, C224, C298, C336, C350, C351, C352 and C353. (Refer to Table 1 for details.) The contraventions’ guidelines will be updated to reflect the new penalty amounts.

Complete details relating to contraventions and penalty amounts are available in the AMPS Master Penalty Document on the Canada Border Services Agency website.

The CBSA is not increasing system generated penalties related to the timing for accounting for imported goods.  These penalties are C288 (failure to account for imported goods within 5 business days of their release where estimated value is greater than $2,500), and C292 (failure to account for imported goods no later than the 24th day of the month following the month of their release where estimated value does not exceed $2,500).  Industry stakeholders identified these AMPs as having potentially disproportionate, unintended impacts on small and medium-sized businesses.

To ease the transition to the new penalty structure, the CBSA will reset the penalty level to the first level for the contraventions mentioned above that occur on or after April 1, 2019. This is to avoid unanticipated impacts on industry that could occur by issuing second and third level penalties at higher levels than previously indicated.

The maximum Administrative Monetary Penalty of $25,000 remains unchanged.