Notice to Importers
Specialty Creams (Item 117.1 on the Import Control List)
Serial No. 898
Date: May 1, 2017
This Notice replaces Notice to Importers No. 835 dated June 17, 2013, and will remain in effect until further notice.
This Notice is provided pursuant to the authority of the Export and Import Permits Act (EIPA) and its corresponding regulations.
Imports of specialty creams, namely sterilized creams, minimum 23% butterfat, in cans of a volume not exceeding 200 ml., are subject to import controls under Canada’s Export and Import Permits Act (EIPA). Accordingly, an import permit is required for shipments of specialty creams to enter Canada. Import permits for shipments of specialty creams destined to the Canadian market are issued to allocation holders under Canada’s tariff rate quota (TRQ) for specialty creams, which is administered by Global Affairs Canada.
The access quantity for the specialty creams TRQ is 394,000 kilograms. The allocation period for the specialty creams TRQ extends from August 1 to July 31, inclusive.
This Notice to Importers sets out the policies and practices pertaining to the administration of the TRQ, including the allocation, under-utilization, and return policies. This Notice also explains how to apply for import permits.
Table of Contents
- 1. Purpose
- 2. General Information
- 3. Products Covered
- 4. Allocation Policy
- 5. Related Persons
- 6. How to Apply for an Allocation
- 7. Under-Utilization and Return Policies
- 8. Supplemental Imports
- 9. Import Permits
- 10. Contact Us
- List of Appendices:
- Appendix 1 - Information concerning related persons
- Appendix 2 - Application form for a share of the specialty creams TRQ (PDF Document - 151 KB)
1.1. The purpose of this Notice is:
- to set out the policies and practices pertaining to the administration of Canada’s TRQ for specialty creams;
- to invite applications for allocations under the TRQ for the next quota year; and
- to explain how to apply for import permits for imports of specialty creams.
2. General Information
2.1.1. In accordance with its commitments under the World Trade Organization (WTO), Canada has in place a TRQ for imports of specialty creams.
2.1.2. Under Canadian TRQs, in any given year, a predetermined quantity of imports of a good controlled under the EIPA may enter Canada at a lower rate of duty, while imports over this quantity are subject to higher rates of duty. The TRQs therefore have three components: an import access quantity negotiated with Canada’s international trade partners; a within access commitment rate of duty that applies to imports up to the access level; and a higher, over access commitment rate of duty for imports over the access level.
2.1.3. The within and over access rates of duty that apply to imports of specialty creams can be found in Canada’s Customs Tariff.
2.1.4. Pursuant to the EIPA and its corresponding regulations, when deciding whether to issue an import allocation or whether to consent to a transfer, the Minister shall take into account whether the import allocation holder has furnished false or misleading information in connection with any reports required by the Act or the regulations made under the Act or by any condition of an import allocation or import permit during the 12-month period preceding the period in respect of which the import allocation or transfer is to apply. Furthermore, when issuing import permits to allocation holders the Minister may attach conditions to import allocations and/or to import permits, and may amend, suspend, cancel or re-instate import permits and allocations.
2.1.5. Failure by an applicant to provide any information requested by Global Affairs Canada, or failure to comply with any condition of an allocation or permit issued pursuant to the EIPA may result in the rejection of the application for a share of the specialty creams TRQ, the reduction or cancellation of an allocation issued pursuant to the EIPA, or the cancellation of associated permits.
2.2. Access Quantity
2.2.1. The access level for the specialty creams TRQ negotiated under the WTO is 394,000 kilograms.
2.3. Allocation Period
2.3.1. The quota allocation year for the specialty creams TRQ extends from August 1 to July 31, inclusive.
3. Products Covered
3.1. This Notice pertains to Item 117.1 of the Import Control List (ICL), namely specialty creams falling under heading Nos. 0401.40.10, 0401.50.10, 0401.40.20 and 0401.50.20 in the list of tariff provisions set out in the Schedule to the Customs Tariff.
3.2. Importers who require a determination as to whether the product they intend to import is eligible under the specialty creams TRQ are encouraged to obtain an advanced tariff classification ruling from the appropriate regional client service office of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
4. Allocation Policy
4.1. Specialty creams TRQ is allocated:
- First, to eligible applicants who have an established distribution line for sterilized cream, minimum 23% butterfat, in cans of a volume not exceeding 200 ml (sterilized cream). To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate sales of sterilized cream in Canada in the two calendar years immediately preceding the allocation year for which they are applying. This will help ensure that specialty creams are available in areas where there is already an existing demand and that current distribution lines are not disrupted. To the extent that requirements exceed the TRQ, allocations will be made on a pro-rata basis.
- Second, once the requirements of those applicants described in section 4.1.a have been met, the balance of the TRQ, if any, shall be allocated to new applicants for sterilized creams (e.g. those without sales of sterilized cream in Canada in the two calendar years immediately preceding the allocation year for which they are applying) and those requesting other types of specialty creams (e.g. Devon cream). To the extent that requirements exceed the remaining balance of the TRQ, allocations will be made on a pro-rata basis.
4.2. All applicants must provide the following information in support of their application:
- Company profile, including any affiliations (see Appendix 1, Information Concerning Related Persons);
- Type of specialty creams requested (e.g. sterilized cream, minimum 23% butterfat, in cans of a volume not exceeding 200 ml);
- Quantity of specialty creams sold in Canada in the two calendar years immediately preceding the allocation year for which they are applying.
4.3 All import allocations expire at the end of each allocation year and all applicants interested in receiving an import allocation must reapply each year.
5. Related Persons
5.1. For the purpose of this Notice, where two or more applicants are related persons, they shall be eligible for only one allocation. To determine which persons are related, an applicant for an allocation must provide a “list of related persons” (see definition of “related persons” set out in Appendix 1).
5.2. In the case of separate applications from related applicants involving a parent company and one or more subsidiaries, only the application nominated by the parent company will be considered. If the parent company does not make such a nomination in writing, it shall be determined by Global Affairs Canada.
6. How to Apply for an Allocation
6.1. Applicants who wish to apply for an allocation under the specialty creams TRQ are invited to submit their application form (see Appendix 2) no later than the 15th of June immediately preceding the opening of the quota year.
6.2. Applications sent by MAIL or COURIER should be addressed to the specialty creams quota manager at Global Affairs Canada. The name and mailing address of the specialty creams quota manager can be obtained on the Global Affairs Canada website, under Contact Us.
6.3. Applications sent by EMAIL should be sent to email@example.com. Applicants sending their application by email should be prepared to present the original version of their application at Global Affairs Canada’s request. Failure to do so may lead to the cancellation of any allocation issued pursuant to the application and/or cancellation of associated permits.
6.4. For legibility reason, applications sent by facsimile will not be accepted.
6.5. Applications postmarked after the 15th of June immediately preceding the opening of the quota year, or in a format other than that required, will not be considered. Lost applications will not normally be considered without acceptable proof that they were sent before the deadline (e.g., courier receipt).
6.6. The declaration in the application form allows Global Affairs Canada access to any information in the files of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency pertaining to the applicant in relation to the application for an import allocation or to subsequent applications for, or concerning the use of, import permits. Normally, applicants are informed of any such requests for information.
7. Under-Utilization and Return Policies
7.1. Under-utilization Policy
7.1.1. An allocation holder with a utilization rate less than 95% in the previous quota year may have its allocation adjusted downward by an under-utilization penalty for the new quota year.Footnote 1
7.1.2. For allocation holders that under-utilized in the previous quota year, allocations in the new quota year will be reduced by the percentage of the allocation not utilized in the previous quota year.Footnote 2
7.1.3. Allocation holders that under-utilized during the previous quota year will be advised of the applicable under-utilization penalty before the allocations are finalized for the new quota year.
7.2. Return Policy
7.2.1. Allocation holders may return any portion of the balance of their allocation no later than February 28 of the quota year. Any portion of an allocation that is returned by this date will be considered as having been used for purposes of administering the under-utilization policy in 7.1.
7.2.2. Returned quota available for reallocation will be allocated, on a first- come, first-served basis, to eligible applicants making requests for additional TRQ allocation during the quota year.
8. Supplemental Imports
8.1. The Minister may, at his discretion, authorize imports of specialty creams apart from the import access quantity. The Notice to Importers Dairy Products - Supplementary Imports explains the administration of supplemental imports. The Notice is available on the Global Affairs Canada website at Controlled Products – Agriculture - Dairy Products.
9. Import Permits
9.1. Types of Permits
9.1.1. An import permit issued by Global Affairs Canada is required for every shipment of specialty creams covered by this Notice to enter Canada. For a given shipment, importers may either present a shipment-specific import permit or invoke the appropriate General Import Permit (GIP).
9.2. Shipment-Specific Import Permits
9.2.1. Shipment-specific import permits are normally issued on demand to allocation holders up to the amount of their allocation under Canada’s specialty creams TRQ. Shipments entering Canada under a shipment-specific import permit can normally do so at the within access rate of duty.
9.2.2. To claim the within access rate of duty for a shipment, the importer must present the shipment-specific import permit to CBSA at the time of final accounting.
9.2.3. Shipment-specific import permits will not normally be issued retroactively for shipments that have already been imported into Canada, including under the authority of a GIP, regardless of the importers allocation.
9.2.4. For a shipment-specific import permit to be considered valid, the name on the permit must match exactly the name of the importer on CBSA’s B3 Customs entry and related documents at time of final accounting. Furthermore, the quantity on the permit must be the same as the net quantity on the Customs invoice. It is incumbent on the party granted the permit to ensure that a permit application is made in the name of the importer of record and includes the correct quantity. Questions about the proper procedures to fill out customs entry documents should be addressed to local CBSA officials.
9.3. General Import Permits
9.3.1. The GIP that applies for specialty creams is General Import Permit No. 100 – Eligible Agricultural Goods. There is no limit to the quantities of specialty creams that may enter Canada under the GIP; however, such imports will be subject to the higher over access rate of duty.
9.4. How to Apply for a Permit
9.4.1. Information about the permit application process, including what is required to apply for a permit, fees, and the monthly billing system is available on the Global Affairs Canada website: Applying for an Import Permit.
10. Contact Us
10.1. Names and direct phone numbers for TRQ manager(s), permit officer(s), and the Help Desk are available on the Global Affairs Canada website: Contact Us.
10.2. For directory assistance, you may call 343-203-6820.
- Footnote 1
The utilization rate (%) will be calculated for every allocation holder as follows:
Utilization Rate (%) = (Actual Level of Use (kg) / Total Allocation Granted (kg)) X 100%
Actual Level of Use (kg) = Permits Used (kg) + Returns (kg) + Transfers Out (kg)
Total Allocation Granted (kg) = Initial Allocation (kg) + Reallocation of returns (kg)+ Transfers In (kg)
- Footnote 2
The under-utilization penalty will be calculated as follows:
Underutilization Penalty (kg) = Pre-penalty Allocation (kg) X Underutilization Rate (%)
“Pre-penalty Allocation (kg)” is the allocation that the allocation holder would have been eligible for in the new quota year, if the allocation holder had not under-utilized in the previous quota year.
Underutilization Rate (%) = 100% - Utilization Rate (%)
- Date Modified: