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April 21, 2022
Government of Canada to repeal the “Certain Goods Remission Order” (COVID-19)
On 14 April 2022, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Customs Notice 22-08 announced that the “Certain Goods Remission Order” (COVID-19) (the Order) will be repealed and entitlement to relief under the Order will end on 7 May 2022.1
The Order entered into force on 5 May 2020 and provides relief of customs duties for imports of certain medical goods, including personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks and gloves.2 The Order was made in response to the sharp increase in domestic demand for medical supplies and PPE due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020. The objective of the Order is to reduce the cost of imported medical supplies and PPE by waiving customs duties to support efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19.3
Conditions for claiming relief of customs duties
A request for relief of customs duties can still be submitted to the CBSA for qualifying goods4 imported from 5 May 2020 to 7 May 2022, inclusively.
To qualify for remission, the following conditions must be met:
All claims for relief of customs duties under the Order for these goods must also include all relevant documents (e.g., copy of original Form B3-3, bill of lading, sales invoice, waybill, sales contract, etc.) that demonstrate that the imported good matches the list of goods in Appendix A of Customs Notice 20-19, and that the good was imported into Canada on or after 5 May 2020 and subject to customs duties.
Procedures for claiming relief of customs duties under the Order
Relief can be claimed at the time of importation or within two years from the date of importation.
To obtain relief of customs duties at the time of import, special authorization code 20-304 must be entered in Field 26 – Special Authority of Form B3-3.
To obtain a refund of customs duties previously paid on qualifying goods imported between 5 May 2020 and 7 May 2022, inclusively, importers must submit a refund request to the CBSA under section 74(1)(g) of the Customs Act through a Form B2, Canada Customs – Adjustment Request.
Importers also have the option to submit a Blanket B2 request for a refund of customs duties for 25 transactions or more in a calendar year. This option avoids the administrative burden of submitting individual Form B2 refund requests for multiple import transactions. However, importers must first submit a Blanket B2 Authorization Application request to the CBSA and obtain permission from the CBSA to submit Blanket B2 adjustments. There may be significant delay in receiving authorization from the CBSA; therefore, importers with qualifying goods should prepare and apply for authorization as soon as possible.
For additional information with respect to this Alert, please contact the following:
Ernst & Young LLP (Canada), Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada