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A "value for duty" must be declared for all goods imported to Canada in accordance with the valuation provisions of the Customs Act (the Act), regardless of the circumstances of their importation.The value for duty is the base figure on which duty you may owe on your goods is calculated. Even if you do not owe duty, the value for duty of goods must still be established so that any applicable assessment of the goods and services tax, provincial sales tax or harmonized sales tax may be...

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March 09, 2018 - Toronto, ON – President Trump’s latest announcement of imposing possible tariffs on steel and aluminum imports into the United States has resulted in a surge of export queries for ARGO Customs brokers.However, before an exporter can move their goods, they must have a completed B13 Export Declaration form. The B13 is submitted to the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) and identifies information relating to the good such as the exporter, consignee, and mode of...

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Tariffs are border “taxes” that a country imposes on imports prior to allowing the goods to enter the country. Tariffs are used by governments for a variety of reasons (1) to protect domestic industry (2) to raise revenue and (3) to punish a country for perceived bad acts. The use of tariffs has declined as free trade regimes and the World Trade Organization spread across the world. Canada is a party to several free trade agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement...

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If you are trying to import goods into Canada, you have to calculate the value allocated for duty and tax accurately. Some vendors also offer discounts. If you fail to take these costs into account, you risk selling your goods for too little, losing money, or even failing to pay the appropriate duty and becoming subject to penalties. ARGO Customs Brokers can help you calculate your tax and go over the treatment of price reduction in ascertaining value using the transaction value method.Price...

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The Duty Deferral Program is a relief program for the import of certain goods for certain vendors into Canada. ARGO Customs’ consultants are stationed at most major points of entry into Canada to provide assistance to you in relation to the Duty Deferral Program. Depending on your company’s needs, we can provide assistance and guidance to help you select the best option for your particular situation.The Duty Deferral Program The Duty Deferral Program (DDP) is implemented by the Canada...

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The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) ruled that knives in which the blade is released via centrifugal force are classified as prohibited weapons. The CITT is an independent quasi-judicial body that administers Canada and international rules that govern trade. CITT reports to the Minister of Finance and Parliament. CITT reviews five key areas: • Anti-Dumping Inquiries (dumping refers to the practice of another country selling goods at below competitive prices which injures domestic...

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Customs Brokerage News - The CBSA is Adding RFID Technology to Entry Points Across Canada The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is adding radio-frequency identification technology (RFID) to certain points of entry across Canada. RFID enables CBSA border agents to more quickly scan goods and people as they seek entry into Canada. RFID technology is faster, more accurate, and promises to improve wait times at all POEs in which it is installed. What is RFID? RFID is a non-contact, wireless use...

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The European Union-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) provides for the import and export of goods between the EU and Canada tariff-free (in most circumstances). An overriding concern for members of a free trade agreement is how to discern goods that originate from a member country from those that do not. The reason this is complicated is that goods that originate from member countries enjoy tariff-free import while goods from non-member countries do not. Free trade...

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While the North American Free Trade Agreement is under intense pressure by the Trump Administration, the Canadian Government is in the process of seeking approval a free trade agreement with Europe. As one door closes, another one opens. The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement  aka CETA is a trade agreement which was negotiated between the European Union and Canada and awaits implementation. The agreement was signed in 2016 but it has not yet entered...

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On August 1st, 2017 the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement went into effect. The agreement, which was signed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his first official visit to Ukraine in July 2017, provides reduced or eliminated duties on goods moved through an import brokerage in Canada from Ukraine. It took six years of negotiations between Canada and Ukraine before the final text was approved, detailing which goods would qualify for the reduced and eliminated duties, how long...

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