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EICS Bulletin: Wheat Tariff Rate Quota

[Deadline Extended] Message to Industry: Wheat Tariff Rate Quota

This message pertains to imports of wheat classified under Customs Tariff headings: 1001.11, 1001.19, 1001.91 and 1001.99. These products are found in item 161 of the Import Control List.

The purpose of this message is to inform you that the 2019-2020 Wheat tariff rate quota (TRQ) will be filled as of 11:59 p.m. local time on April 25, 2020, and that the “within access commitment” tariff items will be closed at that time.

All imports of wheat accounted for after the cut-off date and time will be classified at the “over access commitment” tariff item number, even if they were imported (or imported and released) before the quota has been filled.

Once the TRQ level is reached, General Import Permit No. 20 – Wheat and Wheat Products and Barley and Barley Products (GIP No. 20) will be suspended in respect to the relevant goods until July 31, 2020. General Import Permit No. 100 – Eligible Agricultural Goods (GIP No. 100) will cover, for the balance of the 2019-20 marketing year, unlimited imports classified under the “over access commitment” tariff item number.  Therefore, as of 11:59 p.m. local time on April 25, 2020, importers of wheat may no longer invoke GIP No. 20 when importing such goods.

Please note that after the TRQ level is reached, some wheat that qualifies under the U.S., Mexican, Chilean, Peruvian, Costa Rican or European tariff will continue to be assessed at the “within access” lower rate of duty.

Questions regarding to the tariff classification of a product should be addressed to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Notice to Importers

TRQ Utilization Table

Questions should be directed to Global Affairs Canada


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