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CBSA Verification Priorities: July 2021

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 early July 2021, is now available on the CBSA website.

Arow_81271689_sIt contains 23 types of goods. Some items are being targeted to ensure correct HS/tariff classification, while others are targeted to ensure correct valuation and origin.

One new item on this list is LED lamps. The risk identified is that 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 other items still in their first round of verifications, include:

  • Parts of machines and mechanical appliances, and
  • Chemical products are incorrectly classified under Heading 38.24, instead of being properly classified elsewhere within various chapters, such as 15 and 38.

Please review the 2021 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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