Satinder Bains

Customs Expert | Vancouver


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Notice to exporters – Hong Kong

Canada has taken steps in response to the passage of national security legislation for Hong Kong. Exports and transfers of sensitive goods and technology to Hong Kong will now be treated in the same manner as those destined for mainland...


Importation of medical supplies

Introduction A surge in global demand for emergency health and safety related goods is one of the outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada and its G20 partners are working to ensure the continued free flow of essential...


Non-resident importers: Tips and traps – Part II

Goods and Services Tax / Harmonized Sales Tax Many imported goods are subject to import taxes such as GST which is levied on many imported goods pursuant to the Excise Tax Act at the rate of 5%.  Many non-resident importers...


Non-resident importers: Tips and traps – Part I

Import Scenario One: Non-resident Importer with No Permanent Establishment – Prior Sales Agreement Each year the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) targets non-resident importers for verifications.  And each year, a significant number of those non-resident importers have difficulty showing that...


Customs Verifications (Audits): Planning To Succeed[1] – Part II

The process of handling a customs verification can be an extraordinarily difficult undertaking for the uninitiated. Part I of this bulletin outlined how to prepare for a verification, what the government is looking for, the primary considerations for company counsel,...