Customs and Compliance

Customs, Customs Compliance and Reasonable Care

Customs compliance is an everyday activity. There is no accreditation, certification or diploma in customs compliance.

  • Complete import and/or export diagnostic (including audit) of transactions and company management at the head-office, affiliates, branches an/or distributors level, followed by a report containing our observations and recommendations
  • Accompany customers in their efforts to be compliant or in the implementing of corrective measures
  • Management and planning
  • Strategic monitoring
  • Customs formalities and documentation (preparation and presentation support)
  • Harmonized tariff classification (Harmonized system number of ICC – HS): revision and classification
  • Determination of country of origin: applying the “Made in…” regulations
  • NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement)
  • CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) Canada – European Union
  • Customs rules of valuation (valuation for duty)
  • Customs rules of valuation (valuation for duty) regarding “related and non-related” parties
  • Customs Programs and compliance including:
  • Traceability
  • Compliance to Marking and labelling rules
  • Customs compliance and management of the national and international supply chain
  • Procedures and Processes
  • Roles and responsibilities of suppliers and intermediaries
  • Accompany customers in follow-ups with the appropriate customs authorities, either in the « planning » process or in the event of non-compliance
  • Security: PIP (in Canada) – and/or C-TPAT (in the United States) : support (coaching) and enterprise training
  • Import and/or export controls including Quota Management
  • Record keeping
  • Maintaining documents and records-keeping
  • Drawback claiming
  • Conferences, enterprise training and support (coaching)

Customs Compliance and Traceability: A Question of Management Activities

  • In 1994 when U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) launched their Informed Compliance program they stated “A well managed business represents a minimum risk”; Canada followed suit in 2002 with its Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS).
  • On June 24th 2005, the council of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) adopted the SAFE Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade (SAFE Framework). This program acts as a deterrent to international terrorism and crime, counterfeiting and all other criminal activities while securing revenue collections and promote trade facilitation worldwide.
  • While considering the main factors of the American program C-TPAT and before issuing the status of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO), customs authorities of member countries focused their attention to the financial solvability and customs compliance of applicants.
  • Since 2001, within the Customs Self-Assessment program (CSA) and, since 2002 within the C-TPAT program and even more intensely since 2007, CBSA insists on “traceability” for the application and/or admissibility of all programs, determination of origin, NAFTA, records keeping, etc.
  • On January 1st 2008, the European Union (EU) launched its SAFE program.
  • In all customs matters, the importer and/or the exporter always carry the “burden of proof” meaning: take all necessary measures to clearly demonstrate to the customs authorities that they applied “reasonable care” rules.
  • 2018 – FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

At Vanasse & Associés, THE DIFFERENCE, clearly the UNIQUE ASPECT of our enterprise is found at all levels of our interventions:

  • Enterprise management
  • Supply Chain and logistics (national & international) management
  • Customs programs and compliance management
  • Management of traceability for “all goods and services” within the globalisation of exchanges and trade.

Solutions avenues to customs compliance : Keeping your privileges and saving your $$$

 Roles and responsibilities – interesting comments (French only)– Fiche d’information, Octobre 2004

 C-TPAT

  • The U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) -Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program is a control system aimed at goods entering and exiting the U.S.A.
  • At this time, it is still a VOLUNTARY program.
  • CBP defines the minimal security standards guiding the admissibility of importers and other partners within C-TPAT (initiated on March 25th 2005).
  • Criterias may vary between enterprises or from one industry to another.
  • Participants must comply to all requirements before approval
  • According to CBP, if you are not C-TPAT certified, you are an unknown entity and will not benefit from preferential programs.
  • The Sarbanes-Oxley law applies to some exporters and/or importers. For these, customs compliance and C-TPAT are essential

The most recent information document regarding C-TPAT is «2018 – Supply chain strongest link’s »

Thérèse Vanasse, CEO, is a registered user of the NEXUS program.

In 2015, she again qualified to all security verifications required by the U.S.A and Canada under that program. She can surely serve you ‘in all security”.

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