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Are You a Target for the CBSA This Year?

Posted by Rob Moore

3/11/15 6:27 PM

blog-target-031115Customs Audits……Stop rolling your eyes like you did when your Father told you good things come to those who wait” or “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

Customs audits happen more regularly than your Father’s platitudes. I have worked with importers on some audits that have resulted in some minor changes. Yet there are others that take up lots of time, money, and resources. All of this trouble and drama can be avoided with a little preventative maintenance.

The usual issues for the CBSA are classification, valuation and preferential trade agreements. These are three things that as an importer you should have a good handle on. The CBSA is even kind enough to provide us with a list of the types of imported products they are targeting and what they are targeting them for. The link below takes you a list of items that the CBSA will be auditing this year. 

http://cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/import/verification/menu-eng.html

It also tells you whether they are auditing for classification or valuation. You can click on a target to expand it and get a detailed description including the number of audits performed, value of reassessments and the fines that have been levied as a result of the audits. This is just like a dashboard light coming on telling you that you need gas. You don’t need that. You have that big gauge. Yet people still run out of gas.

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Topics: Audit, Best Practices

Are You Ready For an Audit?

Posted by Shelley McIlwain

3/21/14 7:25 PM

05At Tradewin, we often hear importers say, “I know we will be audited.  It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when.  What can we do to be prepared?”

Our answer is always the same “conduct your compliance as if the when is now.”  A focus on the core areas of internal controls will assist you with audit preparedness:

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Topics: Audit