Twice a year, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) releases its Trade Compliance Verification Priorities list. CBSA manages trade compliance with the tariff classification, customs valuation, and origin programs.
Summary Of The Verification Program
Verification is managed by way of random verifications or verification priorities. Some verification priorities carry over from year to year. The overall goal of these verifications are to ensure compliance with customs requirements and to ensure that the correct amount of duties is calculated.
- Random Verifications measure compliance rates and revenue lost.
- Verification Priorities are determined by risk-based, evergreen processes.
July 2021 Verification Priorities
For July 2021 the current Verification Priorities include but are not limited to:
- Spent Fowl
- Furniture for Non-Domestic Purposes
- Footwear ($30 or more per pair)
- Articles of Apparel and Clothing Accessories
- LED Lamps
- Cell Phone Cases
- Pickled Vegetables
- Disposable and Protective Gloves
- Safety Headgear
- Other Chemical Products
The complete list of verification priorities is found on the CBSA website here.
How Can The Trade Verification List Be Used To Help With Compliance?
The CBSA Trade Compliance Verification Priorities list is a helpful tool for importers as it provides insight into which products are on the CBSA’s radar and allows the importers to review their customs practices and tweak or change those practices to ensure compliance.
Are Your Imported Commodities On The List? Do This...
If you are importing commodities covered on the Trade Compliance Verification Priorities list, it is important to know CBSA may select your import for an audit. For you to be prepared, it is best to do a preliminary review or an internal audit to ensure you are compliant with CBSA, as well as making sure your records are kept up-to-date in case CBSA requests them.
If you need assistance with a preliminary review, an internal audit or an actual audit, our Trade Advisory experts can provide you with consulting and advisory services.