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New 10-digit Harmonized Tariff System Requirement in Canada
New 10-Digit Harmonized Tariff System Number Requirement In Canada

Effective May 1, 2002, the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency will require the correct 10-digit Harmonized System (HS) number on the commercial invoice before certain commercial shipments can be released. This requirement will apply to all paper and electronic Release on Minimum Documentation and Pre-Arrival Review System releases valued at CAN$1,600 or more. The 10-digit HS number will not be required for the NAFTA certificate of origin. The Customs Notice 410m that outlines the requirement in detail and provides Canadian contact information can be found at http://www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca/E/pub/cm/cn410eq/README.html

Penalties - Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS): Companies should be aware that shipments may be delayed and penalties may be imposed on the importer for not using the correct tariff 10-digit HS number. Canada implemented an Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) in December 2001 that largely replaces the use of seizure and forfeiture provisions for technical infractions. Seizure and ascertained forfeiture will only be used for the most serious offenses. The monetary penalties will be proportionate to the type, frequency, and severity of the infraction. Most penalties will be graduated and will take the compliance history of the client into consideration. More information about AMPS at a glance can be found at http://www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca/customs/general/amps/menu-e.html

Obtaining a Canadian 10-Digit HS Number: U.S. exporters are encouraged to work with their Canadian importers and brokers to identify the correct 10-digit HS number. In addition, Canadian 10-digit HS numbers can be found at

General Information: Companies can get more details, including information about penalties at


If you have additional questions, you may contact:

Geri C. Word

U.S. Department of Commerce

Office of NAFTA and Inter-American Affairs

Tel: 202-482-1545

Fax: 202-482-5865

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