CBSA's January 2017 Trade Compliance Verifications Published!


A new round of verification priorities have been published for the first half of 2017 by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The list is a semi-annual list of all of CBSA's active compliance verification priorities in the interest of transparency and the promotion of self-compliance. New targets have been added and previous targets begin their second or third rounds. There are five new items on the list and they range from food items to stone slabs all the way to railway equipment. Be sure to review the list for commodities you may import or export and continue your efforts for customs compliance.  


Types of Post-release Verification Processes

The CBSA manages compliance with the Tariff Classification, Tariff Treatment, Valuation, and Origin programs using the following two post-release verification processes:

1. 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.

2. Verification priorities

Targeted verification priorities are determined through a risk-based, evergreen process, meaning that new targets are added throughout the fiscal year. Verification priorities may also be carried over from previous years.


Trade Compliance Verifications – January 2017

A summary of the current targeted priorities can be found below:

Tariff Classification (TC) HS Number(s)
Curling Irons (Round 3) 8516.32.10
Spectacle Lenses (Round 2) 9001.40.10 and 9001.50.10
Furniture for Non-Domestic Purposes Various goods of Headings 94.01 and 94.03
Seaweed (Round 3) 1212.21.00 and 1212.29.00
Dextrins and Other Modified Starches (Round 3) 3505.10.90
Disposable and Protective Gloves (Round 3) 3926.20.10 and 4015.19.10
Batteries (Round 2) 8506.10.10 and 8506.50.10
Footwear ($30 or more per pair) (Round 2) 6403.59.20 and 6403.99.30
Hair Extensions (Round 2) 6703.00.00
Special Purpose Motor Vehicles 8705.90.90.90
Parts for Power Trains (Round 2) Heading 87.08
Geophysical and Oceanographic Instruments Heading 90.15
Cereals Heading 10.08
Articles of Apparel and Clothing Accessories (Round 2) Heading 39.26
Bicycle Parts (Round 2) Heading 87.14
Articles of Plastics Subheading 3926.90
Articles of Iron or Steel Heading 73.26
Vices and Clamps Heading 82.05
Parts for Use with Machinery of Chapter 84 Heading 84.31
Tubes, Pipes and Hoses Heading 39.17
Parts of Lamps Heading 94.05
Chemical Products (Round 2) Heading 38.08
Pasta Heading 19.02
Hair Dryers and Electric Smoothing Irons Heading 85.16
Cell Phone Cases Headings 39.26, 42.02 and 85.17
Mountings, Fittings and Similar Articles Heading 83.02
Stone Table and Counter Tops 9403.90.00
Prepared Meat of Swine Heading 16.02
Live Plants Heading 06.02
Interchangeable Tools Heading 82.07
 Air Brakes and Parts Thereof Subheading 8607.21
Handkerchiefs, Towels and Related Paper Products
Heading 48.18
Olive Oil (New)
Headings 15.09 and 15.10
Photographic Film (New)
Heading 37.02
Stone Blocks and Slabs (New)
Headings 25.14, 25.15 and 25.16
Railway Equipment (New)
Heading 86.08
Sausages and Similar Products (New)
Heading 16.01
Sacks and Bags under Tariff Item 9903.00.00 (Round 2)
Headings 39.23 and 63.05
Valuation HS Number(s)
Apparel (Round 2) Various goods of Chapters 61 and 62
Preparations and Pastrycooks’ Products Various goods of Chapter 19
Origin HS Number(s)
T-Shirts (Round 2) Heading 61.09
Jewelry 7113.11.90, 7113.19.90 and 7113.20.90

As your customs broker, we make every effort to provide you with the right tools and information to ensure that your company is as proactive as possible with the CBSA. We hope this helps to lessen your exposure to any penalties or fines.

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  • Thorough H.S. database review with ongoing updates
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  • Firm support through the challenges of the audit process

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