SIMA - Notice of Final Determination Fabricated Industrial Steel Components

May 30, 2017


Anti-dumping duty and countervailing duty are now being assessed on certain Fabricated Industrial Steel Components (FISC).  On Thursday May 25, 2017 the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) issued a finding of injury respecting FISC originating in, or exported from China, Korea, and Spain.
This finding follows a Notice of Final Determination of Dumping and/or subsidizing of certain FISC issued by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on April 25, 2017.

Certain exporters listed in the CBSA Final determination have been provided with normal values.

The subject goods are described fabricated structural steel and plate-work components of buildings, process equipment, process enclosures, access structures, process structures, and structures for conveyancing and material handling, including steel beams, columns, braces, frames, railings, stairs, trusses, conveyor belt frame structures and galleries, bents, bins, chutes, hoppers, ductwork, process tanks, pipe racks and apron feeders, whether assembled or partially assembled into modules, or unassembled, for use in structures for:

1. Oil and gas extraction, conveyance and processing;
2. Mining extraction, conveyance, storage, and processing;
3. Industrial power generation facilities;
4. Petrochemical plants;
5. Cement plants;
6. Fertilizer plants; and
7. Industrial metal smelters;

Goods excluded from the determination are electrical transmission towers; rolled steel products not further worked; steel beams not further worked; oil pump jacks; solar, wind and tidal power generation structures; power generation facilities with a rated capacity below 100 megawatts; goods classified as “prefabricated buildings” under HS Code 9406.00.90.30; structural steel for use in manufacturing facilities used in applications other than those described above; and products covered by previous Measures in Force including Certain Fasteners, Structural Tubing, Carbon Steel Plate III and VII, and Certain Steel Grating.

The CITT also excluded from its finding, goods imported in 2017 by Andritz Hydro Canada Inc. from Sinohydro for the Muskrat Falls hydro project in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The FISC in question are usually classified under Harmonized System classification numbers: 7216.99.00.10, 7216.99.00.20, 7216.99.00.30, 7216.99.00.91, 7216.99.00.99, 7301.20.00.10, 7301.20.00.20, 7308.40.00.00, 7308.90.00.60, 7308.90.00.96, 7308.90.00.99, 7326.90.90.90, 8421.99.00.90, 8428.31.00.00, 8428.32.00.00, 8428.33.00.00, 8428.39.00.30, 8428.39.00.41, 8428.39.00.49, 8428.39.00.80 and 8428.39.00.90.

Note that these HS codes are provided for convenience of reference only.  Refer to the product definition for authoritative details regarding the subject goods.

Additional information including the list of exporters provided with normal values can be found in the Notice of Final Determination on CBSA’s website.

The Finding of Injury issued on May 25, is found on the CITT website.

Please feel free to contact our compliance department, should you have any questions or concerns.




FINAL -- March 6, 2017




Near North Customs Brokers of Barrie, ON Acquires Summit Customs Brokers of Richmond, B.C.

-- Expands Portfolio and Geographic Reach --


BARRIE – Ontario – March 7, 2017 -- Near North Customs Brokers (NNCB) announced today that it has acquired Summit Customs Brokers of Richmond, B.C. The purchase enables Near North to access new geographic markets in British Columbia and add complimentary services to its existing portfolio of offerings.


Summit Customs Brokers provides a comprehensive range of services to enable items such as commercial goods, parcels and cars to cross the Canada border with ease. It assists both individuals and importing businesses of all sizes and in all industries including retail, petroleum, and industrial equipment manufacturing. It has extensive knowledge of Canadian customs laws and a long history of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) compliance. 


"This was a strategic business move for Near North, but it goes beyond acquiring new offerings and greater reach," said Dave Jupp, vice president sales, NNCB. "Of importance to both companies were our shared values of operating with integrity, excelling as a true business partner for our customers, being an employer of choice, and giving back to the community. Summit has long been on our radar due to its excellent reputation and we are delighted to make this deal a reality."


"Summit Customs Brokers was established in 1993 and three generations of our family have helped grow the business to where it is today," said Sharmaine Shultz, president & CEO, Summit Customs Brokers. "Naturally, a great deal of care goes into such a transaction. We had to be certain our customers, employees, reputation, and legacy would transfer to a business that values what we have built and who will take that to the next level. We are delighted to have found such a company in Near North Customs Brokers."


"We are confident that this step will benefit our customers and employees," said Steven Kendall, vice president Summit Customs Brokers. "We have known Near North for a long time now and believe our corporate cultures and our offerings are a solid fit that should spur future growth and success."


Sharmaine Shultz and Steven Kendall will remain in their current roles leading the Summit Group.  


Headquartered at Vancouver International Airport, Summit Customs Brokers has additional offices in Penticton, Vernon, Kelowna, the Pacific Highway Border Crossing in Surrey, the Osoyoos Border Crossing, Whitehorse, and Oroville in WA. For more information about Summit Customs Brokers visit


About Near North Customs Brokers

Established in 1990, Near North Customs Brokers provides superior customs brokerage, consulting services, and freight forwarding to customers from any point in the world.  Based in Barrie, Ontario, Near North Customs Brokers has four additional locations in Canada: Toronto, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie and Edmonton, as well as an office in New York, USA. Near North Customs is a  proud member of  Manitoulin Group of Companies. For more information about Near North Customs Brokers visit







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New Canada Customs Trade Compliance Verification Targets for 2017

 CBSA has released its 2017 compliance verification priorities for tariff classification and valuation, which can be found in detail at

Trade compliance with the Tariff Classification, Valuation and Origin programs is managed using the following two post-release verification processes. 

1) Random verifications 

2) Verification priorities 


Random Verifications 

Random verifications are designed to measure compliance rates and revenue loss and the results may be used for many purposes, including: 

  • Risk assessment
  • Revenue assessment; and
  • Promoting voluntary compliance


Verification Priorities 

Targeted verification priorities are determined through a risk based, evergreen process, meaning that new targets are added continually throughout the year.

The following items have now been included as a priority in the tariff classification category:

Olive Oil

  • The risk identified is that imported goods could be incorrectly classified as olive oil (under Heading 15.09) or other oils obtained solely from olives (under Heading 15.10) which are duty free, instead of being properly classified elsewhere within Chapter 15 and be subject to duty rates up to 11%.
  • This verification priority was released in October 2016
  • Results are not yet available.


Photographic Film

  • The risk identified is that imported goods could be incorrectly classified as photographic film (under Heading 37.02), instead of being properly classified under Chapter 96, and be subject to a duty rate of 8.5%.
  • This verification priority was released in October 2016
  • Results are not yet available.


Stone Blocks and Slabs 

  • The risk identified is that imported goods could be incorrectly classified as stone blocks and slabs (under Headings 25.14, 25.15 and 25.16) which are duty free, instead of being properly classified under various tariff items within Chapter 68 and be subject to duty rates up to 7%.
  • This verification priority was released in October 2016
  • Results are not yet available.


Railway Equipment

  • The risk identified is that imported goods could be incorrectly classified as railway equipment (under Heading 86.08), instead of being properly classified under various tariff items and be subject to duty rates up to 6.5%.
  • This verification priority was released in October 2016.
  • Results are not yet available.


Sausages and Similar Products

  • The risk identified is that imported goods could be incorrectly classified as sausages and similar products (under Heading 16.01), instead of being properly classified under a tariff rate quote (TRQ) tariff item and be subject to duty rates of over 200%.
  • This verification priority was released in October 2016
  • Results are not yet available. 

In addition to the new priorities, CBSA has issued a third round of classification verification for curling irons, and second round verifications for batteries, special purpose motor vehicles, parts for power trains, bicycle parts and sacks and bags under Tariff Item 9903.00.00.

If your company imports any of the products on this list, please give us a call. You will likely be targeted for a potential compliance audit. If you do receive a call or letter from Canada Customs, please contact your Near North account representative before you provide any information to CBSA. The time allotted to provide information can be very short.

If you would like to discuss the classification, valuation or determination of origin of any of the goods you import, not only for the goods listed, please don't hesitate to contact Near North's Compliance or Consulting department. 


EU Parliament Approves Trade Deal with Canada

February 15, 2017

The European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday approved the Canada-EU trade agreement after a noisy and sometimes emotional debate.

Roughly 58 per cent of the members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted to ratify the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), setting the stage for provisional application of nearly 90 per cent of the agreement later this spring. 

"This is a deal for the people," International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne said after the vote, emphasizing how the agreement will offer consumers more choice and lower costs.


To read the full article:


This was excerpted from 15 February 2017 edition of CBC News.




Near North Customs Brokers Inc. Acquires Service Plus International Inc.

BARRIE – Ontario – January 9, 2017  -- Near North Customs Brokers Inc is very pleased to announce the acquisition of Service Plus International Inc based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Since 1995 Service Plus has been operating as a full service Customs Brokerage House. President Bob Hobson and his team provide Canadian and US Customs Brokerage Services with a specialty in the Trade Show and Entertainment Industry. This acquisition is strategic not only from the quality of personnel and customers we will be working with, but also provides us with an office in a very important market for Near North Customs Brokers Inc.

We welcome them to the Near North and Manitoulin Group of Companies family.