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Consulting Bulletin

Tariff Changes 2017

Jan 1 2017 there were many tariff changes.  The 2017 Tariff reflects changes to the Harmonized System (HS) from the World Customs Organization (WCO), Department of Finance Canada and Statistics Canada as well as scheduled rate reductions contained within the legislation of individual free trade agreements. Some of the changes are applied due to World Customs Organization updates to the six-digit HS code, which is applied every 5 years . The changes reflect international standards and trade patterns. Changes to the 8th and 10th digit levels are done in order to improve the coding system. View the concordance table showing the changes from 2016 to 2017, if you would like to review.


Affirmation of Advance and National Customs Rulings

As a result of the 2017 tariff changes some tariff rulings issued to your company may require adjustment. CBSA has issued a notice CN16-33 on how to affirm the existing tariff classification should it be affected by the tariff changes of Jan 1 2017.A&A will be happy to help you with any affirmation of rulings required.


Verification Priorities

Twice a year CBSA publishes a list of products for post verification for compliance purposes. CBSA manages trade compliance with tariff classification,origin and valuation. There are two post release programs: random verification and verification priorities.


See what CBSA will be targeting this year. If you have any questions, our Consulting Team will be happy to help you.


Food Products Duty-Free for Canadian Food Processors

Effective Jan.16/2017 SOR/2016-313 will come into affect. This order will eliminate Customs duties, on Agri-foods inputs for several different tariff items for use by Canadian Food processors.

Full order details.


Import and Export of Ozone depleting substances and Halocarbon Alternatives

Customs notice CN 16-34 outlines the regulations for imports and exports of ozone depleting (ODS) substances

and Halocarbon alternatives (HCFCs & HFCs), as well as products containing ODS, and HFCs.  Shipments containing regulated ODS or HFCs that are being imported, exported or that are transiting through Canada will not be allowed to proceed until the required document is presented to the CBSA.

NOTE: All details pertaining to CARM R2 processes are based on the current information available at the time of writing. As this is subject to change, it’s recommended you periodically check in with the CBSA or your customs broker.