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Customs Compliance Best Practices for Apparel Importers - Vancouver

April 25, 2019, 8:00 - 10:00 AM

Registration: 7:30 - 8:00 a.m.

Presentation:  8:00 - 10:00 a.m.,

Q & A: 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.


Location:            Vancouver - SFU Morris J. Wosk Center, 580 W. Hastings St.

Organized by:     The Canadian Apparel Federation

Presenters:         Daniel Kiselbach, Miller Thompson LLP  and  Sitander Bains, Deloitte LLP


The Canadian Apparel Federation, Deloitte Canada, and Miller Thompson are holding a breakfast meeting and seminar in Vancouver on customs issues relevant to apparel and footwear importers.

The session will address issues highlighted by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in their Trade Compliance Verifications publication. Their most recent report on verification activities identified over $60 million recovered from Canadian apparel importers following CBSA verification audits.

The high duty rates paid by apparel, textile products, and footwear importers attract significant compliance actions by CBSA.  Importers need to know the key issues and enforcement strategies of CBSA, and understand how to manage compliance risks.  

The workshop will address CBSA trade verification priorities and actions, with an emphasis on valuation, and explain in detail key provisions enforced by CBSA, identify best practices and help firms mitigate compliance risks.

Topics will include:


  1. Non-Resident Importers
  2. Transactions Value Method;
  3. Purchaser in Canada stipulations; and
  4. Sale for export requirements

Related Party Transactions

  1. Transaction Value Method;
  2. Transfer Price vs. Test Values;
  3. Influenced price processes and CBSA’s response to influenced price; and
  4. Stock transfers

Additions and Deductions to the Price Paid or Payable (subsection 48(5) provisions under the Customs Act)

  1. Definition of Price paid or payable;
  2. Royalties;
  3. Design fees & Assists;
  4. Transportation Costs; and
  5. Subsequent Proceeds


  1. Least Developed Country Tariff (conditions and requirements)
  2. Free Trade Agreements (Rules of Origin, Certificate Requirements etc.)
  4. CPTPP

Who should attend:

  • Senior Import managers
  • Trade and logistics staff

CCS: This webinar qualifies for 5 CCS Points/CTCS Credits with the CSCB. Because this is not a CSCB event, proof of attendance is required obtain these credits.

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