COVID-19 Relief of Customs Duties – Expires May 7, 2022

blog | Apr 22, 2022

COVID-19 Relief of Customs Duties – Expires May 7, 2022

Effective May 7, 2022, importers will be impacted by the expiry of the Certain Goods Remission Order (COVID-19): SOR/2020-101 and Customs Notice 20-08: Imported Goods for Emergency Use in Response to COVID-19All importers will be required to pay duty on these commodities. 

These orders were put in place to support Canada’s response COVID-19 as there was a sharp increase in domestic demand for medical supplies, including personal protective equipment (PPE). Certain imports of these critical goods were subject to customs duties, which represented an extra cost to importers and a potential supply barrier for Canadians.   

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has announced in Customs Notice 22-08: Order Repealing the Certain Goods Remission Order (COVID-19), that the remission order will be repealed and the goods identified within the order will no longer be eligible of duty relief. The impacted HS classifications are located in Appendix A of Customs Notice 20-19: Certain Goods Remission Order (COVID-19).  

The relief of customs duties applies to eligible goods, as per the conditions found in SOR-2020-101, imported from May 5, 2020 to May 7, 2022 inclusively. This relief can be claimed at the time of importation or within two years of the date of importation. 

The CBSA may re-determine or further re-determine the origin, tariff classification and/or value for duty on its own initiative or in response to a self-adjustment. The CBSA may assess any undeclared amount of customs duties that is not eligible. 

Please contact Delmar Advisory Services for additional information.