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1807, 2022

CARM Service Packages: Providing you step-by-step support

July 18th, 2022|CARM, News|

As a valued client of Near North Customs Brokers, we would like to ensure you are prepared for the ongoing changes to our importing community with CARM (CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management project). With many of you seeking step-by-step support with the CBSA's 2-phase modernization project to streamline the process of importing commercial goods into Canada, we’ve developed service packages to help you with both phases. Here’s where things are at and what you need to do to prepare for CARM. Release 1 The first step in preparing your company for CARM is to register on the CARM Client Portal. Registration is mandatory for all importers. If you have not done so already, this needs to be completed as soon as possible. Please see the CBSA's Onboarding to the CARM Client Portal. You can also contact us at [email protected] We are always happy to answer questions over a quick phone [...]

1703, 2022

Most-Favoured-Nation Status for Russia and Belarus Withdrawn — Customs Notice 22-02

March 17th, 2022|Customs Notice, News|

Dear Valued Client, Canada has withdrawn the Most-Favoured-Nation (MFN) status from Russia and Belarus, effective March 2, 2022. Here’s how it will affect those of you who import goods from the two countries: All goods that originate in Russia or Belarus will lose their MFN status and corresponding tariff effective March 2, 2022. These goods must now be accounted for under the General Tariff, citing tariff treatment code 03. This change does not apply to goods that were in transit to Canada on or before March 2, 2022. In transit means goods that were under the control of a carrier on or before March 2, 2022. Importers should have proof that such goods were in transit to Canada on or before March 2, 2022. Proof may include but is not limited to: shipping documents; report of entry documents; and cargo control documents. Proof may be requested at any time by a [...]

703, 2022

CARM Release 2 Postponed to Early 2023

March 7th, 2022|CARM, News|

Dear Valued Client, The Canada Border Services Agency has announced that CARM Release 2 is now scheduled to be launched no earlier than January 2023. A specific date will be announced at a later time. CARM Release 2 is when a major change in importing bonds will take effect. Importers will need to secure and post their own financial security if they would like to participate in the Release Prior To Payment Privilege (RPP). While we had originally advised you to get this bond in place by January 2022 with the previously scheduled Spring 2022 for CARM Release 2, we are now advising you, as per the CBSA, that there’s no need to obtain one until a specific date for CARM Release 2 is announced. If you have already obtained a bond and submitted the information yourself or through your financial security provider, the CBSA has assured us that [...]

103, 2022

CBSA Introduces Three New Trade Compliance Tools

March 1st, 2022|News|

Dear Valued Client, As part of its Trade Compliance Strategy and to supplement trade compliance verification efforts, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is deploying three new trade compliance tools. The new tools are: Trade Advisory Notice Compliance Validation Letter Directed Compliance Letter Why is the CBSA deploying these new trade compliance tools? Traditional CBSA trade compliance verifications are not always the most efficient means for trade chain partners and the CBSA to identify and address instances of non-compliance. Traditional verifications are lengthy and labour-intensive, and because they are generally initiated and concluded well after the importations have occurred, can result in mounting industry costs, particularly when recurring non-compliance is confirmed. Trade Compliance Verifications will continue to be CBSA’s most comprehensive compliance tool. Introduction of these additional tools will enhance the overall efficiency and effectiveness of CBSA’s compliance regime by:  Promoting voluntary compliance  Enabling early correction of errors  Mitigating [...]

1402, 2022

CBSA Trade Verification Priorities for 2022

February 14th, 2022|News|

Dear Valued Client, The Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) has released a list of verification priorities for 2022. Compliance verification priorities are established at the beginning of the year and can be updated throughout the year. They reflect CBSA's assessment of non-compliance risk with customs rules for categories of imported goods. Paying close attention to these lists is paramount for importers that import these targeted commodities and the potential issues regarding regulatory compliance. Importers that import any commodities on this list should prepare for a potential CBSA trade compliance verification audit, which may result in payment of additional duties, GST, interest and penalties for non-compliance. Below is the list of the current verification priorities provided by the CBSA. More details on the identified risks of non-compliance for each verification priority can be found on CBSA's website at Should you have any questions regarding this list or the potential [...]

102, 2021

Provisional Safeguard Measures Imposed on the Importation of Certain Steel Goods – Customs Notice 18-17

February 1st, 2021|News|

Customs Notice 18-17 Ottawa, October 11, 2018 Revised on May 29, 2019 What's New: Update on Refunds This update provides information on the implementation of the Surtax on the Importation of Certain Steel Goods Refund Order (Refund Order), SOR/2019-129, which came into effect on May 9, 2019. As per the Refund Order, and in keeping with the World Trade Organization Agreement on Safeguards, all provisional safeguard surtaxes assessed on the goods listed below released by the CBSA since October 25, 2018 through April 28, 2019, inclusive, will be refunded as final safeguard measures were not imposed on these goods: concrete reinforcing bar, energy tubular products, hot-rolled sheet, pre-painted steel, and wire rod; and heavy plate and stainless steel wire originating in Colombia, Korea, Panama and Peru. The CBSA will automatically process refunds without the need for importers to submit a B2 - Canada Customs - Adjustment Request. Where required, the CBSA may ask importers to submit supporting documentation to [...]

102, 2021

Notice to Importers – Steel Goods (Item 82 on the Import Control List)

February 1st, 2021|News|

Notice to Importers – Steel Goods (Item 82 on the Import Control List) Serial No. 945 Date: May 10, 2019 Table of Contents 1.0 Purpose, Coverage, Duration 2.0 Authority 3.0 Method of Administration 4.0 Import Permits 5.0 Contact Us 1.0 Purpose, Coverage and Duration 1.1 The purpose of this Notice is to inform importers of the procedures governing the administration of safeguards, in the form of tariff rate quotas (TRQ), for certain steel goods that are listed in item 82 on the Import Control List (ICL). 1.2 These goods are included on the ICL to implement the Order Amending the Order Imposing a Surtax on the Importation of Certain Steel Goods (Surtax Order). The Surtax Order establishes safeguards in the form of TRQs for steel goods matching the product descriptions specified in column 2 of the Schedule to the Surtax Order, above which a surtax will apply. The TRQs and surtax rates vary annually. Details [...]

1408, 2020

Notice of intent to impose countermeasures action against United States

August 14th, 2020|News|

Notice of intent to impose countermeasures action against the United States in response to tariffs on Canadian aluminum products Background On August 6, 2020, the United States (U.S.) announced the imposition of tariffs of 10 per cent on imports of certain aluminum products from Canada, which will take effect on August 16, 2020. In response to these measures and in accordance with the May 2019 Joint Statement by Canada and the United States on Section 232 Duties on Steel and Aluminum, Canada intends to impose surtaxes against imports of aluminum and aluminum-containing products from the U.S., representing a proportionate amount of Canadian aluminum products affected by the U.S. tariffs. Scope of countermeasures The products subject to countermeasures will be drawn from those listed in Table 1 below. Goods selected from Table 1 will be subject to a 10 per cent surtax. These countermeasures will only apply to goods originating [...]

1703, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Response; Business Continuity

March 17th, 2020|News|

March 17, 2020 Dear Valued Customers: Subject: COVID-19 Emergency Response; Business Continuity The safety and health of our community and team is of the utmost importance. Providing our clients with continued services is also very important to the team at Near North. For this reason we will continue to serve our Customer Community as we have for the last 30 years, by providing our clients with outstanding Customs Brokerage and Compliance Services. In our effort to provide our Near North team with the safest possible working conditions we are providing opportunity for some of our team members to work from home and practicing all other health and safety protocols as it pertains to COVID-19. We do not expect you to experience any service interruptions with our Near North team. We would strongly recommend that you utilize email communication where possible as the phone responsiveness might not be as quick [...]

1712, 2018


December 17th, 2018|News|

What is the CPTPP? The CPTPP is a new free trade agreement between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. The CPTPP incorporates, by reference, the provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, with the exception of a number of provisions pertaining mainly to intellectual property and investor-state dispute settlement, whose application will be suspended once the CPTPP comes into force. These provisions will be suspended until all the parties decide otherwise. The TPP was originally concluded on October 5, 2015, by 12 countries (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam) and was signed on February 4, 2016, by all 12 parties. On January 30, 2017, the United States notified TPP signatories of its intention to not ratify the TPP, effectively withdrawing from the TPP. Without the United States, the TPP agreement cannot enter [...]

1910, 2018

CBSA Target List – Reduce Your Risk, Call Us Today!

October 19th, 2018|News|

Are your goods on the CBSA Target List? Twice each year CBSA publishes it’s Trade Compliance Verification Priorities. This is a list of imported products that CBSA is targeting for trade verification audits. The CBSA uses compliance verifications to ensure that importers comply with customs legal requirements and programs and determine compliance within industry sectors. Audits look at tariff classification, valuation and country of origin to ensure they are accurate. The current list can be viewed on CBSA website using this link. It is prudent to review this information for any importer. As your customs broker, we can help. If your company imports any of the products on the list, please contact us today to discuss your risk management. [email protected] [email protected]

1910, 2018

Canada, U.S. Reach Tentative NAFTA Deal; Trump Approves Pact

October 19th, 2018|News|

Canada and the U.S. have reached a tentative deal to overhaul the North American free-trade agreement after intensive weekend talks, trading access to Canada’s protected dairy market for the preservation of a key dispute-resolution system and exemption from threatened auto tariffs. President Donald Trump signed off on the agreement late Sunday night, said four sources with knowledge of the closed-door negotiations. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau convened a late Sunday cabinet meeting at his office in Ottawa. The Mexican Economy Ministry, meanwhile, said it presented text of the preliminary deal to the Mexican Senate. NAFTA will be renamed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement – or USMC, with the United States posting the text of the agreement online. Mr. Trump had previously indicated he wanted to do away with the phrase “NAFTA." Read the full text of the agreement Campbell Clark: Canada made concessions on NAFTA but new deal avoids major damage [...]

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