ANNOUNCEMENT 09 Apr 2015In April 2015, the government of Canada announced a change in import duties.
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In Customs Notice 15-010 issued on April 9, 2015 the Canada Border Services Agency announced new measures intended to streamline low-value payments. This part of the Government of Canada's broader "Low-Value Payment Initiative," in which a "low-value payment" refers to a monetary amount at or below a dollar-value threshold that is in relation to a payment to and from the Crown. For traders, the principal impact of the order may be the elimination of "nuisance tariffs" at very low levels,Effective April 1, 2015, most payments at or below the low-value payment threshold of $2 will not be collected nor paid by the Government of Canada. The CBSA will apply the low-value payment threshold to the payment made to the Government, even when that payment is made by an intermediary, such as a customs broker. The low-value payment threshold does not apply however, to the payments to an intermediary, such as a courier or customs broker, as these are not considered payments to the Government of Canada. As such, couriers and customs brokers will continue to collect amounts from their clients at or below the low-value payment threshold.