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1910, 2018

United States Surtax Remission Order

October 19th, 2018|News|

CN 18-16, United States Surtax Remission Order The complete notice is available on the Canada Border Services Agency website. This notice provides information on obtaining refunds of the surtax, paid on certain goods and under certain conditions.  A refund of the surtax is also available for some temporarily imported goods, after exportation. The remission order remits the surtaxes imposed by the United States Surtax Order (Steel and Aluminum) and the United States Surtax Order (Other Goods) which took effect on July 1, 2018 (25% in the case of certain steel products, 10% in the case of certain aluminum products and 10% for certain other goods listed in the order) under the following situations: Pursuant to section 115 of the Customs Tariff, in respect of the goods listed in Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 of the remission order; Pursuant to section 115 of the Customs Tariff, in respect of goods classified under [...]

1809, 2017

7 Things Brand Owners Should Know About CETA and Bill C-30

September 18th, 2017|News|

Authors: Cynthia Rowden, Scott MacKendrick, Laura MacDonald On October 30, 2016, Canada and the European Union officially signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Bill C-30, the CETA Implementation Act, was tabled on October 31, 2016. In addition to reducing tariffs and others barriers to trade between Canada and the EU, CETA also seeks to harmonize certain aspects of the signatory's intellectual property laws, ostensibly in order to encourage trade. With respect to trademarks, CETA requires "all reasonable efforts" to promote accession by member states to the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks and the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks. The 2014 amendments to the Trade-marks Act are part of Canada's efforts towards accession to the Madrid Protocol and Singapore Treaty. Brand owners should be aware of CETA's other significant impacts on Canadian trademark law, particularly the changes relating to [...]

1809, 2017

CETA Coming into Force September 21, 2017 – Things to Know About Geographical Indications

September 18th, 2017|News|

September 21, 2017 has been set by the Government of Canada as the date on which the majority of the Act implementing the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union (known as "CETA") will come into force. Negotiations relating to this trade agreement began in 2009, and the coming into force represents a major step in implementing CETA, which was signed by the parties in October 2016. The agreement has been characterized by the Federal Government as "by far one of Canada's most ambitious trade initiatives", and covers a wide range of areas, including import and export tariffs, labour and environment, food and drugs as well as intellectual property. From a trademark perspective, September 21 will see the implementation of an expanded list of protected geographical indications (known as GI's), new mechanisms integrated into the Trade-marks Act for protecting GI's, as well as new provisions [...]

1707, 2017

CETA – Questions and Answers

July 17th, 2017|News|

Q) What is CETA? A) The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement or CETA, is a trade agreement between the EU and Canada. CETA covers virtually all sectors and aspects of Canada-EU trade in order to eliminate or reduce barriers. CETA addresses everything from tariffs to product standards, investment, professional certification and many other areas of activity. Q) When will CETA be implemented? A) Canada and the European Union (EU) have agreed that CETA will provisionally apply starting September 21, 2017. At which time, qualifying goods that are deemed to originate under CETA may be eligible for wide-ranging tariff reductions when imported into Canada or EU countries Q) Which tariffs will be eliminated or reduced? A) Upon implementation, the agreement will eliminate virtually all tariffs on originating goods immediately: over ninety-nine percent (99%) of the non-agricultural tariff and over ninety-two percent (92%) of the agricultural tariffs will be zero on [...]

206, 2017

SIMA – Notice of Final Determination Fabricated Industrial Steel Components

June 2nd, 2017|News|

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 [...]

703, 2017

Near North Customs Brokers of Barrie, ON Acquires Summit Customs Brokers of Richmond, B.C. – Expands Portfolio and Geographic Reach –

March 7th, 2017|News|

BARRIE ON - 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 complementary 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 [...]

1702, 2017

EU Parliament Approves Trade Deal with Canada

February 17th, 2017|News|

Roughly 58% 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% 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.

2001, 2017

New Canada Customs Trade Compliance Verification Targets for 2017

January 20th, 2017|News|

CBSA has released its 2017 compliance verification priorities for tariff classification and valuation, which can be found in detail at compliance with the Tariff Classification, Valuation and Origin programs is managed using the following two post-release verification processes.1) Random verifications2) Verification prioritiesRandom VerificationsRandom verifications are designed to measure compliance rates and revenue loss and the results may be used for many purposes, including:Risk assessmentRevenue assessment; andPromoting voluntary complianceVerification 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 OilThe 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 [...]

901, 2017

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

January 9th, 2017|News|

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 speciality 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.

3011, 2016

RIV Registration Fee Increase Effective January 1, 2017

November 30th, 2016|News|

Dear Valued Client, Transport Canada has announced that the RIV fee for vehicles imported into Canada from the U.S and for vehicles imported for parts will be increasing. Effective January 1, 2017 the Registrar of Imported Vehicles fee will increase to $295.00 per vehicle and $90.00 for vehicles imported for parts. Regards, Near North Customs Brokers Inc.

2006, 2016

Near North Customs’ Barrie Head Office Receives ISO 9001:2015 Certification

June 20th, 2016|News|

BARRIE ON  - Near North Customs, a leading Barrie-based customs broker has received a certificate of compliance with ISO 9001:2015 for Quality Management Systems at its Barrie, Ontario head office. The certification, awarded by the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards, demonstrates the company's commitment to understanding and improving upon its internal quality management systems for the benefit of its customers. "We talk to our customers about providing them with perfect customs entry, every time, and this certification speaks to that commitment," said Dave Jupp, vice president sales, Near North Customs. "We're proud of our customer service record and the efforts we make to provide the quality service and care our customers expect, but ours is a culture of continuous improvement. We wanted to take a more stringent approach to improving our internal workings. Achieving ISO 9001:2015 certification, with the structure and rigour ISO certification, requires, assures our [...]

2501, 2015


January 25th, 2015|News|

Replacing, Improving, and Expanding Opportunities for the commercial trade community electronically. CARM is a large, multi-year project that improves the way CBSA assesses, collects, manages, and reports on import revenue and trade information. This project is expected to be implemented in phases by 2020. The first phase is the Accounts Receivable Ledger (ARL) which will come into effect January 25, 2016. ARL changes the way in which importers will see their accounting records. CBSA is working to improve service delivery by simplifying processes and expanding opportunities for the commercial trade community to interact electronically with CBSA. What Are The Changes? ARL will replace existing revenue and cash management systems. CBSA will replace the K84 with a Statement of Account (SOA) for both importers and third-party service providers. While the K84 was driven by the account security number of either the broker or importer, the SOA will now be driven [...]

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