Consultation notice
Proposed regulatory amendments to the Valuation for Duty Regulations

Current status: Closed

This consultation ran from to . A summary of what we heard is now available.

Who was the focus of the consultation

The CBSA welcomed feedback from:

What was the focus of the consultation

The CBSA proposed amendments to the Valuation for Duty Regulations to strengthen the statutory and regulatory frameworks governing the methods of determining the value for duty (VFD) of imported goods.

The proposed amendments are to:

  1. help Canadian importers compete on a more level playing field with non-resident importers (NRIs), which are businesses located outside of Canada that ship goods to customers in Canada
  2. clarify which sale is to be used to calculate the duty on imported goods to address a regulatory gap that benefits NRIs by (i) defining the term "sold for export to Canada" and (ii) amending the definition of the term "purchaser in Canada"
  3. align with international obligations established at the World Customs Organization
  4. reflect modernized business practices
  5. provide greater certainty and predictability for the importing community
  6. give the CBSA the authority to enforce the collection of the correct amount of revenue from import duties owed to the Government of Canada on lower value for duty declarations

History of the consultation

A preliminary consultation ran from to , providing industry stakeholders with the opportunity to ask questions or provide comments on the potential amendments.

The feedback received was analyzed and taken into consideration in the development of the proposed regulations that were pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on : Canada Gazette, Part 1, Volume 157, Number 21: Regulations Amending the Valuation for Duty Regulations

What we heard

The CBSA appreciates the feedback from respondents through the formal Canada Gazette, Part I consultation process. We are currently reviewing the submissions, which are now available online.

Canadian importers and trade chain partners support the policy intentions behind the regulatory amendments, notably to ensure that, in a series of sales, the last sale to the buyer in the country of import (Canada) and not an earlier sale between two foreign entities is used as the basis for determining the value for duty.

However, substantial feedback was received concerning the proposed regulations' intent to potentially apply to domestic sales. The policy objective is not to use a price in a sale between a Canadian resident importer and its Canadian customer as the basis for determining the value for duty.

We will continue to review all comments and take them into consideration for any further amendments to the proposal. We will communicate directly with respondents, if required, and produce a summary that we will publish in the coming months.

Related information

Contact us

We welcome your feedback through the Treasury Board's Online Regulatory Consultation System, or communicate with us directly at cbsa.oct/

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