CBSA Targeted Verifications

CBSA Targeted Verifications

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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

Trade compliance verifications are 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.

  1. Random Verifications measure compliance rates and revenue lost.
  2. Verification Priorities are determined by risk-based, evergreen processes.

January 2022 Verification Priorities

For January 2022 the current Verification Priorities include but are not limited to:

  • Spent fowl
  • Furniture for Non-Domestic Purposes
  • Batteries
  • Bicycle Parts
  • Footwear
  • LED Lamps
  • Pasta
  • Cell Phone Cases
  • Pickled Vegetables
  • Gloves
  • Flashlights and miners’ safety lamps
  • Bags
  • Other Chemical Products

The complete list of verification priorities is found on the CBSA website here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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About the Author
Gloria Terhaar
CCS (CA/US), CTCS, CBSA Prof. Designate

Gloria Terhaar began her career in Canadian customs brokerage 2007. She currently works in our Canadian division as a Trade Compliance Supervisor and Regulatory Compliance Specialist. Gloria has extensive experience in all aspects of documentation and regulatory requirements as they relate to importing products into Canada. Gloria is often called upon to train industry with some recent talks for MNP, the Surrey Board of Trade, TFO Canada and the BC Produce Marketing Association. In 2018, Gloria also participated in the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the Canadian Horticultural Council advocacy event "Fall Harvest" in Ottawa where she participated in advocacy efforts for the Canadian produce industry.

While we strive for accuracy in all our communications, as the Importer of Record it is incumbent upon your company to ensure that you are aware of the requirements under the new regulations so that you maintain compliance as always.