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CBSA Verification Priorities: July 2020

Posted by CDN Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International on Aug 12, 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, updated July 2020, is now live on the CBSA’s website.

Much of the current list is the same as the target listing released in January of this year. There have been a handful of changes.

They have added two target items:

Update_58801654_sSpent fowl

Harmonized System numbers: Headings 02.07, 16.01, and 16.02

Entering a second round of verifications, the risk identified with spent fowl is that imported goods could be incorrectly classified under the above-mentioned headings. They should be properly classified under tariff items subject to tariff rate quotas (TRQs) under the same headings.

Improper classifications could potentially lead to very high duty rates.

LED lamps

Harmonized System number: Heading 85.39

Imported goods could be incorrectly classified as light-emitting diode (LED) lamps under Heading 85.39, instead of being properly classified under Heading 94.05, and be subject to a duty rate of 7%.

Two items that were on the January list of targets have since been removed:

  1. Articles of plastic
  2. Olive oil

Please review the new 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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