International Trade Compliance

Surtax Remission Period – Update

September 6, 2019

As indicated in a message sent on June 18, 2019, the CSCB has made representations to the Department of Finance voicing our dissatisfaction with Finance’s decision to no longer consider requests for a remission of surtax.

Consultation workshop on draft International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures

July 26, 2019

CFIA invites you to participate in a workshop either in person or remotely via webex to comment on the following draft International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) recently distributed for country consultation by the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). The draft ISPMs and presentations for the second consultation can be accessed from the

U.S. CBP to Test Advance Data Requirements for E-Commerce Shipments

July 23, 2019

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that starting Aug. 22 it will conduct an approximately one-year test under which additional data elements for Section 321 goods will be transmitted in advance of their arrival.

CBSA Signs Mutual Recognition Arrangements with Hong Kong and New Zealand

July 3, 2019

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) today announced the signing of two Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs) with the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department and with the New Zealand Customs Service regarding their respective Trusted Trader programs. The signings took place on the margins of the World Customs Organization Council Sessions in Brussels, Belgium.