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Application of Seasonal Duties and Suspension of Duty on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Memorandum D10-14-3

Ottawa, January 20, 2014

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In Brief

This memorandum has been revised to reflect amendments to the Customs Tariff legislation and changes to the Canada Border Services Agency's organizational structure.

This memorandum outlines and explains the conditions under which customs duties shall apply in lieu of the free rate of duty in the case of certain fresh fruit and vegetable tariff items, and in addition outlines the procedures regarding the suspension of customs duties under certain tariff items.


Supplementary Note 2 to Chapter 7 of the Customs Tariff

Supplementary Note 4 to Chapter 8 of the Customs Tariff

Guidelines and General Information

Application of Seasonal Duty on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

1. The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and/or the President of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) may activate certain tariff items and suspend others to give effect to seasonal rates of duty on the importation of fresh fruits and vegetables.

2. Each tariff item specifies the total time within each 12 month period, ending March 31, for which the tariff items may be activated or suspended.

3. Certain tariff items allow the total time to be divided and applied over two distinct periods of time.

4. An importer/owner or grower may petition for the suspension of the percentage rate of duty on specific vegetables by contacting the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) and providing the information to support the request. The CHC will, where warranted, obtain the agreement of the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and then forward the request for suspension of duty to the CBSA.

Additional Duty Applicable to Certain Vegetables When in Packages of a Weight Not Exceeding 2.27 kg

5. The following tariff items specify that when the goods are contained in packages of a weight not exceeding 2.27 kg each, an additional duty of 4% is applicable:

0704.10.11, 0704.20.11, 0705.11.11, 0705.19.11, 0706.10.11, 0706.10.31, 0706.90.21, 0708.20.21, 0709.40.11, and 0709.99.31

6. The package referred to in the tariff items is the first covering or container. For example, lettuce that has been individually wrapped in polyethylene (the first covering) and packed in crates of 24 is subject to the additional duty.

Additional Information

7. CBSA officers and the importing public should note that the rate of duty mentioned in the announcement of the activation of a seasonal rate of duty is the Most-Favoured-Nation (MFN) Tariff rate. When goods to which this order applies are imported from a country entitled to the benefit of a tariff treatment other than the MFN Tariff, the applied rate of duty must be in accordance with those tariffs.

8. For more information, call contact the CBSA Border Information Service (BIS):
Calls within Canada & the United States (toll free): 1-800-461-9999
Calls outside Canada & the United States (long distance charges apply):
1-204-983-3550 or 1-506-636-5064

TTY: 1-866-335-3237

Contact Us online (webform)
Contact Us at the CBSA website


Issuing office:
Trade Programs Directorate
Headquarters file:
Legislative references:
Customs Tariff
Other references:
Superseded memorandum D:
D10-14-3 dated February 6, 1998
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