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A Look At Importing Wooden D閏or into Canada

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 > 10:58:14

(Pacific Customs Brokers Ltd.)

When importing goods containing wooden components further information is required to ensure admissibility under the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) import requirements. Some examples of subject goods fall under those tariff items listed below.

HS Number Description
4419 Tableware and kitchenware, of wood
4420.10 Statuettes and other ornaments, of wood
4420.90 Cases and similar articles, furniture not classified under Chapter 94
4421.90 Other articles of wood
6702 Artificial flowers, foliage and fruit and parts thereof; articles made of artificial flowers, foliage or fruit
9505.10 Articles for Christmas festivities
9703.00 Original sculptures and statuary

The following information is required to ensure admissibility under CFIA import requirements:

  • Thickness of wood – Is it greater than, less than or equal to 1.5 cm thick?

  • Finish of the article – Is the article completely finished for example painted, lacquered, etc., or unfinished?

  • Wooden bark – Does the item contain bark?

It is strongly recommended that this information is clearly indicated on the invoice for each shipment prior to the documents being submitted to your customs broker. If the required information is not provided then affected importers will be contacted; however, this can potentially result in delays in customs clearance and additional handling costs.

Goods classified under these headings that are less than 1.5 cm thick and not containing bark will most likely be approved for import with no additional document requirements.

Goods classified under these headings that are greater 1.5 cm thick or containing bark, depending on the origin, could require any or all of the following:

  • Plant Protection Import Permit

  • Phytosanitary Certificate

  • Phytosanitary Certificate for Re-export

Case Studies Pacific Customs Brokers Has Encountered

Missing Information on Documentation

We have encountered several transactions containing decorative wood products where the invoice description did not provide the thickness of the wood, whether the item was a completely finished article or if it contained bark.

  • In some cases the information was obtained and it was determined the goods were inadmissible prior to entering Canada.

  • The goods were then required to either be returned to the vendor or to be destroyed under customs supervision.

Inaccurate Information on Documentation

In other cases goods have been released with inaccurate information which resulted in the CFIA performing a site inspection on the shipment.

  • In many cases products were found to exceed 1.5 cm thickness and were of foreign origin. The requirement for this is a Phytosanitary Certificate for Re-export covering the goods.

  • If this was not prepared at the time of export, then the supplier will not be able to produce the required documents.

  • The CFIA will then enforce the admissibility requirements and the importer is required to destroy the goods in question.

In either scenario significant expenses are incurred by the importer and the potential for delays and inspections is increased.

If you are considering importing any of the subject goods outlined above or any articles containing wooden components ensure the goods meet admissibility requirements under CFIA prior to purchasing the items.

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