This notice is for the attention of importers and custom brokers who are involved in the importation of steel and steel products.
As you may know, through the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) Pathfinder Solution, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (FAITC) has been able to implement a new import permit process for steel and steel products that came into effect on April 1, 2012. The Pathfinder Solution provides Participating Government Agencies with relevant commercial trade data currently collected by the CBSA and is the forerunner to the Single Window Initiative. The quality of the B3 data provided by importers/brokers to the CBSA and shared through the Pathfinder Solution allowed FAITC to apply this data against permit requirements and thereby eliminate FAITC’s separate reporting requirements for steel and steel products.
Modernizing the steel import permit process has resulted in a significant reduction of paper permits as well as the elimination of the steel permit fee, resulting in savings to trade. The success and continuation of the Pathfinder Steel Import Reporting process is dependent upon the accurate reporting of B3 data.
The purpose of this notice is to remind importers and customs brokers of the importance of reporting accurate B3 data to the CBSA for the importation of steel and steel products. In particular, importers and custom brokers are requested to pay particular attention to the reporting of value, quantity, origin, and tariff classification.
Errors in data submission result in an inability to effectively monitor steel import volumes and pricing, thereby inhibiting the CBSA’s mandate to promote and protect Canadian business and international trade obligations. This data is also critically important to the FAITC Steel Monitoring program; poor data quality results in an inability for FAITC to effectively monitor the importation of steel and steel products as per its mandate under the Export and Import Permits Act.
In addition, inaccurate reporting of B3 data places importers and customs brokers at risk of increased scrutiny whether through examinations at the border, post border importer audits or possible penalties applicable under the Administrative Monetary Penalties System.
We strongly encourage importers and custom brokers to examine their current data entry practices and implement improved processes for ensuring the quality of the data that is being reported on the B3.
For additional information regarding the Steel Monitoring Program, please refer to the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website here.