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CBSA Verification Priorities: January 2020

Posted by Customs Consulting Department on Jan 29, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Are your goods on it?

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) targets specific industries and products for extra attention at the border to ensure importers are compliant with requirements for tariff classification, product valuation and country of origin.

CBSA’s list of targeted verification priorities is updated on an ongoing basis. The current list, published January 7, 2020, is now available on the CBSA website.

LatestNews_44699394_sIt contains 24 types of goods (by HS number or chapter) including, for example, clothing, machinery parts, foods, safety equipment, etc.

No items in the current list are being targeted for the first time. However, existing items now targeted in a subsequent round of verifications are:

Gloves

Now entering a second round of verifications. The risk identified is that imported goods could be incorrectly classified as gloves within Headings 39.26 and 42.03, instead of being properly classified within Chapter 61 or 62, and potentially be subject to higher duty rates up to 18%.

Bags

Bags are also entering a second round of verifications. The risk identified is that imported goods could be incorrectly classified as bags within Heading 42.02, instead of being properly classified elsewhere within the same heading, and potentially be subject to duty rates up to 11%.

Air Heaters and Hot Air Distributors

These goods are entering a second round of verifications. The risk identified is that imported goods could be incorrectly classified as air heaters and hot air distributors within Heading 73.22, instead of being properly classified elsewhere within the same chapter, and be subject to duty rates up to 7.5%.

Flashlights and miners’ safety lamps

These products are entering a second round of verifications. The risk identified is that imported goods could be incorrectly classified as flashlights and miners’ safety lamps within Heading 85.13, instead of being properly classified elsewhere within the same heading, and be subject to a duty rate of 7%.

Please review the 2020 Verification Priorities list carefully to see if your goods are on it.

If you’re importing any of the targeted items, pay extra attention to your import practices and customs paperwork. Any errors or inconsistencies can result in extra duty and penalties, disruptions to your supply chain, border delays and loss of good importer status with CBSA.

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Information provided by: Canadian Customs Dept. and Audit Response Unit - Cole International

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