Canadian Customs Compliance

At JORI Logistics, we take customs compliance seriously.

Using the wrong country of origin documentation, incorrect HS Codes, or evaluation for your product, could put your import business at risk. There’s good reason to take extra care with customs clearances as Canada Customs can retroactively review all import documentation up to a four-year history.

If inaccuracies are found, you could be subject to fines, penalties, increased inspection rates and the hassle of going through a full customs audit. Our customers rely on us to ensure the accuracy of their reporting to Canada customs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Canadian customs compliance involves adhering to regulations and laws set by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) when importing or exporting goods across the Canadian border. It ensures that businesses conduct their international trade operations in accordance with legal standards. This includes proper documentation, accurate product classification, adherence to rules of origin, and the payment of applicable duties and taxes. Ensuring customs compliance is crucial for businesses, as it is essential in facilitating smooth cross-border transactions, preventing penalties and maintaining the integrity of the trade process.
Several documents that are required for customs clearance in Canada. However, the specific requirements can vary depending on the nature of the goods, the mode of transportation, and other factors. Common documents include a commercial invoice, bill of lading, certificate of origin, and any specific documentation related to the type of goods being imported or exported. Accurate and complete documentation is essential for customs compliance.
Product classification is determined by assigning the appropriate Harmonized System (HS) code to your goods. The CBSA provides guidelines, and it’s essential to accurately classify products to ensure proper duty assessment and compliance.
An HS code is a 10-digit number used to uniquely identify a specific product. Each product is assigned a distinct HS code based on its composition, intended use, and other characteristics. Governments utilize these HS codes to determine the applicable duty rates for imported and exported goods.
Using a customs broker in Canada is optional, but it can significantly streamline the customs clearance process. Customs Brokers are professionals who are equipped to help with documentation, ensure compliance, and facilitate communication with customs authorities.
As a customs broker, our process begins with receiving information from the shipper. This includes a commercial invoice containing details such as the product being shipped, buyer and seller information, value, and country of origin. Additionally, we receive a cargo control document from the transportation line. We then input this information into our system, carefully review and verify it, and ask any necessary questions to ensure accuracy. Once this process is complete, we submit the declaration to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on behalf of our clients.

Non-compliance with Canadian customs regulations can have several consequences, including:

  1. Penalties and Fines: The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) can impose fines for violations of customs regulations. The amount varies depending on severity of the non-compliance. 
  2. Goods Seizure: Customs authorities have the power to seize goods that do not comply with regulations. 
  3. Delays in Customs Clearance: Non-compliance may result in delays in the customs clearance process, affecting how long it takes for the goods to move across the border.
  4. Loss of Trade Preferences: If goods are eligible for preferential treatment under trade agreements, non-compliance may lead to the loss of such preferences, leading to higher duties and taxes.
  5. Impact on Business Reputation: Regular non-compliance issues can harm the reputation of a business. 
  6. Increased Scrutiny: Businesses that have a reputation for non-compliance may face more thorough inspections, audits, and additional administrative requirements.
  7. Legal Consequences: Serious cases of non-compliance may result in legal action.
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