Update On Wood Packaging Materials Moving Between Canada And USA

Over the past few weeks, Pacific Customs Brokers has noticed a marked increase in U.S. Customs and Border Protection demands for shipments to be "direct exported" back to Canada due to non-compliance with the Solid Wood Packaging Materials (SWPM) regulations.

While we have not receive any official U.S. notification of this increased enforcement, Customs officers have verbally advised us that they would prefer to see the SWPM statement with any shipment that contains pallets that may not be properly marked. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has provided us with the following information - Wood Packaging Material Import Requirements.

Please note that no recent changes have been made to the regulations, however, we strongly advise that all shippers to the USA review the requirements and their internal practices to assure that you are in compliance. Should you have further questions, please contact Pacific Customs Brokers at 604.538.1566 and we'll be happy to assist you.

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April Collier
LCB, CCS

April Collier is a Sr. Trade Advisor with Pacific Customs Brokers USA with over 35 years of experience in international trade. April has been a valued member of the Pacific Customs Brokers team for 14 years, having taking the lead in implementing the Compliance department for U.S. imports. Her current responsibilities include advising and coaching clients on a variety of regulatory compliance matters, and include expertise in Antidumping & Countervailing matters. April develops, maintains and conducts various training workshops and seminars for staff and importers related to regulatory compliance, including Free Trade Agreements, Valuation and HTS classification. In addition to her regular duties, April is also the CTPAT coordinator for Pacific Customs Brokers.

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.