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Customs Roundup November 23, 2022: news and views from the world of Customs

Customs, compliance and trade regulations are dynamic and always on the move, just like your goods. These roundups intend to bring you the latest in news from the worlds of Canadian and U.S. Customs so you can get the information you need to keep your goods moving seamlessly.

CBSA signs Mutual Recognition Agreement with the European Union to enhance supply chain security and facilitate trade 

In October 2022, the Canada Border Services Agency announced the signing of a Mutual Recognition Agreement with the European Union's Taxation and customs union to honour each other's Trusted Trader programs. The signing took place during a Canada-EU Joint Customs Cooperation Committee meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Read more here

CBSA completes major border upgrades at North Portal

A multi-year infrastructure project at North Portal, Saskatchewan, was completed in October. The project made major improvements to CBSA's port of entry facilities, intended to benefit businesses, travellers and border services offices. Read more here. 

Does CBP have the legal authority to seize merchandise made with forced Uyghur labour?

Both CBP and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have asserted that CBP will use seizure and forfeiture as tools for enforcing the Uyghur Forced Labour Prevention Act (UFLPA) (a trade law enacted in 2021) to ban the importation of goods made wholly or in part in China with forced Uyghur labor. Read more here.

CBP updates CTPAT trade compliance handbook and forced labour requirements

On November 1, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released its updated Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) trade compliance handbook. The handbook provides guidance to importers on the internal processes in becoming a CTPAT Trade Compliance member. Read more here. 

Modernization of U.S. customs broker regulations

Effective December 19th, 2022, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is transitioning all customs brokers to a single national permit and expanding the scope of the national permit authority to allow national permit holders to conduct any type of customs business throughout the customs territory of the U.S. Read more here. 

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