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Reminder about exports through the U.S. to any other country

April 12, 2016

REMINDER: As previously reported, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) discovered last year that a large number of businesses have been exporting goods to Mexico and other countries, transiting through the U.S. in the highway mode, without the mandatory declaration to CBSA at time of export.

The Agency is offering a six-month grace period, from December 1, 2015 to June 1, 2016, to companies who wish to voluntarily disclose exported shipments that transited through the U.S. that should have been reported, but were not. Companies that report eligible unreported goods will not be penalized. See the notice below for full information and conditions.

Goods transiting through the U.S. to a subsequent destination for consumption must be reported on an export declaration. Because the ultimate destination of the goods is a country other than the U.S., they must be reported if their value is CAN$2,000 or more.

In addition, if the goods are controlled, other than by a General Export Permit, the appropriate permit/licence/certificate and an export declaration must be presented to the CBSA before the exportation, regardless of the value of the goods.

Once the grace period to declare the unreported exportations expires, compliance verification activities will be conducted by the CBSA and penalties may be issued for failure to report exported goods.

Do not hesitate to contact our offices should you require additional information.

Link: Customs Notice 15-035 Voluntary Disclosure of Unreported Goods Transiting Through the United States to a Subsequent Country

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