(Mike Moffatt – Macleans)
In a sharply worded press release, a group known as the 9948 Fair Treatment Coalition states that documents it obtained through Access to Information “raise disturbing questions” about the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Department of Finance’s conduct in the so-called iPod tax dispute. The 9948 group includes a number of manufacturers and retailers of MP3 players, television monitors and computer speakers, including the Canadian arms of Sony, Toshiba, Panasonic, Costco and WalMart.
The Coalition alleges that “the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has misled dozens of Canadian companies for years by inducing them to import MP3 players and other goods into Canada duty-free, all the while planning to later collect millions of dollars in back-duties on the goods, with interest in penalties.” The release goes on to quote members of the 9948 group, including, Ken Buschlen, VP of Finance for Panasonic Canada Inc. who explains that “[the] CBSA issued us authorization to import products duty-free, but now it appears that CBSA intended to claw back the duties later. That is plainly unfair.”
The CBSA is also criticized for demanding importers provide end-use certificates from consumers—to verify the actual use of the product—even though there is no provision or mechanism to make this enforceable. Read more here.
TV Importers Accuse Ottawa of Misleading Tariff Rulings (Globe & Mail)
Canadian Importers and Retailers Victims of $16-million Tax Grab (Canadian Importers 9948 Fair Treatment Coalition)
Date: May 23, 2013