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Trade compliance verifications: January 2023

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Trade compliance verifications: 

Find out how the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) approaches the verification of commercial goods destined for Canada. Review the results of our ongoing efforts to ensure trade compliance.

About trade compliance

To be trade compliant, the importing community must meet all of the requirements governing the accounting of commercial goods imported into Canada, including, but not limited to:

  • classifying their commercial goods under the appropriate tariff classification
  • accurately declaring the origin and value of the goods, in accordance with legislative requirements
  • paying the appropriate duties and taxes on the goods

The CBSA monitors the extent to which commercial goods are trade compliant by conducting targeted verifications and by issuing verification priorities.

Most-Favoured-Nation tariff treatment withdrawn from Russia and Belarus

Effective , the Most-Favoured-Nation (MFN) tariff treatment no longer applies to goods imported into Canada that originate in Russia or Belarus.

This includes goods shipped:

  • directly from Russia or Belarus
  • from a third country

You must now account for these goods under the General Tariff rate of customs duty of 35%.

If a good is produced with inputs (materials, labour, etc.) from Russia or Belarus, at least 50% of the cost to produce the good must be incurred in one or more MFN beneficiary countries or Canada. This is required by the rule of origin respecting the MFN tariff.

It is a priority for the Government of Canada that goods originating from Russia or Belarus do not enter the Canadian economy under the MFN tariff treatment.

The list of goods currently being monitored and risk assessed includes, but is not limited to:

  • products of iron or steel
  • fertilizer
  • petroleum
  • non-ferrous metals
  • tires

Source: Government of Canada; CBSA

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