ANNOUNCEMENT 01 Feb 2011In February 2011, the government of Canada announced a change in the technical requirements for goods market entry.
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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is enforcing a stringent declaration requirement on imported logs from the United States. As of February 1, 2011, the declaration form of each shipment of imported logs must include a correct identification of every species of log present in the shipment. The term 'mixed hardwood logs' or other nonspecific identification of all log species included in the shipment is not acceptable, and will result in a delay or refusal at the Canadian border.
CFIA says that the new clarification requirement is the result of the discovery of some irregularities on customs declarations forms. CFIA conducted several verifications of imported logs from the United States and identified some irregularities on customs declaration forms. Use of the phrase 'mixed hardwood logs' or not declaring all wood species on the declaration forms contravene regulatory requirements of the CFIA and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). This is because some species do have particular import requirements for allowance into Canada. The tariff item code 4403.99.00.99 (for Logs - other) must be used only when an imported species is not listed in chapter 44 of the custom tariff. For specific import requirements, see the automated import reference system at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/imp/airse.shtml.