FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


WHY DO I NEED A CUSTOMS BROKER ? 
       

Customs Brokers are a service provider between CBSA and the Importer.  We facilitate the smooth movement and release of your goods.  Importer's may process their own clearances, but have to remit the duties and taxes to The Canada Border Service Agency prior to release of their goods. Customs Brokers can advise the different Tariff Treatments and duty reductions that may be applicable on certain commodities and origin of goods, as well as other Government Dept. requirements upon Importation.

Custom Broker Services


C.F.I.A.   – CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY

Dedicated to safeguarding food, animals and plants, which enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment and economy.  Prior to clearing goods through CBSA, some commodities must be approved for release by CFIA according to their rules and regulations.  For further information, check their web site at:

www.inspection.gc.ca


AIRS  - AUTOMATED IMPORT REFERENCE SYSTEM

www.inspection.gc.ca/english/imp/airse.shtml


ANTI-DUMPING /  SIMA DUTY  : - SPECIAL IMPORT MEASURES ACT

SIMA is a law that protects Canadian manufacturers and producers from dumped and subsidized goods imported from foreign countries.

Dumping occurs when goods are sold to importers in Canada at prices that are lower than the selling price of comparable goods in the country of export, or when goods are sold to Canada at unprofitable prices. If the dumping is injuring the Canadian industry, anti-dumping duties can be applied to the imported goods to offset the amount of dumping.

Subsidizing occurs when goods imported into Canada benefit from foreign government financial assistance. If the subsidy does not conform to certain international rules, and is injuring the Canadian industry, countervailing duties can be applied to the imported goods to offset the subsidy.

SIMA duties are only applied to imported goods that have been found to be dumped or subsidized as a result of an investigation by the Anti-dumping and Countervailing Program of the CBSA and found to be causing, or threatening to cause, injury to the Canadian industry as a result of an investigation by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT). The document ''What You Should Know About Dumping and Subsidy Investigations.'' provides a brief overview of the investigation process. Refer to the Anti-dumping and Countervailing Program's pages on the CBSA website at:

www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/sima-lmsi/brochure-eng.html

www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/sima.

www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/sima-lmsi/self-eng.html#02

www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/sima-lmsi/monthly-eng.html


O.G.D.   =  OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS: 

See link attached  for the requirements and information

www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/help-aide/topic-sujet/17-eng.html


EXPORT/IMPORT PERMITS:

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) assists Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada with the administration of the Export and Import Permits Act. This memorandum outlines the requirements and permit procedures for the importation of goods listed in the Import Control List.

www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/dm-md/d19/d19-10-2-eng.html

EXAMINATIONS:

Why does the Canada Border Services Agency examine goods?

  CBSA may choose to examine your shipment for several reasons:

  • to detect prohibited or restricted items (e.g., pornography, narcotics) or smuggled goods;
  • to fulfill other government departments' legislative requirements (e.g., meat inspection, import permits); or
  • to ensure the goods comply with customs legislation (i.e., to verify their description, value, quantity, and marking against the invoice information).

www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/import/ex-eng.html

Air Freight:        24-72 hours after arrival of shipment

Ocean Freight :

Full Containers:  1-5 Business Days After arrival of Container

LCL Freight :      3 – 5 Business days after arrival of goods


WHAT IS A.M.P.S.?

The Automated Monetary Penalty System -  was implemented by the CBSA in October 2003.  It is a verification and audit system that ensures compliance that all Industries are on a level playing field and that the appropriate, Import Permits, Other Government Department requirements as well as duties and taxes are paid.   Penalties and Fines are issued for non-compliance.

AMPS Document


IS IT DUTY FREE ?

No – not all commodities or goods are duty free.


WHAT IS N.A.F.T.A.?

North American Free Trade Agreement is a reduced duty rate granted by the Canadian Government on goods Manufactured and Imported directly from either the U.S.A or Mexico or a combination of both countries.

3 NAFTA Certificate Instructions

2 NAFTA Rules

1 B232 - North American Free Trade Agreement

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