1. This customs notice is to inform you that the Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement (CHFTA) will be implemented on October 1, 2014. With the exception of a few agricultural goods, the CHFTA will essentially eliminate the customs duties on all imports from Honduras, either immediately upon implementation of the agreement, or through a tariff phase-out.
2. Information regarding the CHFTA and the text of the agreement can be found on the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada Web site.
3. The CHFTA implementing legislation, Bill C-20, received Royal Assent on June 19, 2014, and is scheduled to come into force on October 1, 2014. Bill C-20 can be found on the Parliament of Canada Web site.
4. Proposed regulatory amendments and a new regulation under the Customs Act related to the CHFTA will be announced in a separate customs notice at a later date.
5. Pursuant to the CHFTA, a new preferential tariff treatment is being introduced, namely the Honduras Tariff. The newly assigned tariff treatment code is: Honduras Tariff (HNT) – Code 29.
6. Entitlement to the Honduras Tariff treatment is determined in accordance with the rules of origin set out in Chapter Four of the CHFTA.
Proof of Origin
7. The required proof of origin is the Canada-Honduras Certificate of Origin, available in English, French and Spanish. In order to claim the preferential tariff treatment accorded under the CHFTA, importers must have in their possession the Canada-Honduras Certificate of Origin completed by the exporter in Honduras.
8. The Canada-Honduras Certificate of Origin and the instructions for completing it will be made available prior to October 1, 2014, in English, French and Spanish, on the Canada Border Services Agency Web site.
9. Goods may be shipped from Honduras, with or without transshipment, to Canada.
10. The transshipment conditions are contained in Article 4.12 of Chapter Four of the CHFTA.
11. An application for a refund under paragraph 74(1)(c.11) of the Customs Act may be made within four years from the date the goods were accounted for under subsections 32(1), (3), or (5), in respect of goods that were imported on or after October 1, 2014.
12. This customs notice is intended as an overview only, highlighting the future changes to the Customs Tariff and the Customs Act and summarizing the requirements to take advantage of the CHFTA preferential rates of duty. To gain a more comprehensive understanding of the CHFTA, it is advised that importers review the agreement in its entirety and consult Bill C-20 prior to importing goods that may benefit from this agreement.
13. For more information, within Canada call the Border Information Service at 1-800-461-9999. From outside Canada call 204-983-3500 or 506-636-5064. Long distance charges will apply. Agents are available Monday to Friday (08:00 – 16:00 local time / except holidays). TTY is also available within Canada: 1-866-335-3237.
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