Handbook of Export and Import Commodity Codes
This Handbook contains information on imports of products listed on the Import Control List (ICL) (see page A-2) and on the export of non-originating textiles, textiles products and apparel entering the United States and Mexico under the tariff preference levels established in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the export of peanut butter, refined sugar and sugar-containing products and the export of softwood lumber.
This Handbook is designed to assist you in categorizing and identifying a product, as well as to provide information concerning the import or export control requirements for the product.
The Export and Import Controls Bureau (EICB) has adopted the use of the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) to classify and identify these products.
An import permit is required for each shipment of those products listed on the Import Control List. Importers must first determine whether or not the product they wish to import requires an import permit, and secondly what control type applies. For products listed in sections "B", "C" and "D" of the Handbook the control type is indicated under the heading "control type" or under "Note". For imports of textiles and apparel goods described in Section "E", classify the product according to the HS using the EICB Import Control Schedule in subsection E3 and determine the 14 digit HS code used to identify the product. Refer to pages E3-1 through E3-4 for information regarding the classification of textile and apparel goods. Textile and apparel guidelines in subsection E7 are provided to assist you in the classification of textile products.
To obtain more information on a control type of a product please contact the EICB at:
For Textiles and Apparel: (613) 996-3711
For Agricultural Products and Steel: (613) 995-8104
For Softwood Lumber: (613) 944-2167
Export Procedures - Textiles and Apparel
A Certificate of Eligibility is required for each shipment of non-originating textiles and apparel to enable U.S.and Mexican Customs to identify goods qualifying for the NAFTA duty rate for goods under the Tariff Preference Level (TPL).
Please see page F-1 of section "F" for more information on the export of textiles and apparel to the United States and Mexico.
Export Procedures - Peanut Butter
A) Exports to the United States
An individual Export Permit is required for each shipment of peanut butter exported to the United States. Peanut Butter is defined as goods that are classified under tariff item No. 2008.11.10 in the List of Tariff Provisions set out in the schedule of the Customs Tariff. Please see Section G and Notice to Exporters, serial no. 81 dated January 13, 1995 for more information on the export of peanut butter to the United States.
B) Exports to countries other than the United States
There are no quantitative restrictions on the exportation of peanut butter to countries other than the United States. Individual export permits are not required but exporters wishing to export peanut butter to countries other than the United States are required to invoke, at no cost, the General Export Permit No. EX31.
Export Procedures: Sugar-containing products
An export permit is required for exports to the United States of certain sugar-containing products, described in Chapters 17, 18, 19 and 21 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Please see page G-2 of Section "G" and Notices to Exporters, serial nos. 117 and 126 for more information.
Export Procedures: Certain sugars, syrups and molasses
An export permit is required for exports to the United States of certain sugars, syrups and molasses, described in Chapter 17 and 21 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Please see Section ?G? for more information.
Export procedures - Softwood Lumber
An export permit is required for exports of softwood lumber to the United States of articles classified under tariff item 4407.10.10, 4409.10.10, 4409.10.20, and 4409.10.90 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. Please see Section H and Notices to Exporters, serial Nos. 90, 92, 94, 97, 98, 99 and 103. An export permit is required for exports of used railway ties and used barn board to the United States. Please see Section H.
How to obtain a permit/certificate of eligibility
Requests for permits/certificates will be accepted 25 days prior to the expected date arrival/exit of the shipment. When requesting a permit/certificate applicants should complete form EXT-1466 (95/06)
"Application for Permit" for agriculture and textile and clothing and form EXT-1466-1 (96/09) for softwood lumber and transmit it to EICB or to an on-line customs broker. The list of on-line customs brokers may be obtained from EICB at (613) 996-4730.
A fee will be levied for each permit/certificate issued in accordance with the Export and Import Permits and Certificates Fees Order, 1995.
a) $14 will be levied for each export permit or certificate issued by the Export and Import Controls Bureau (EICB) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade; and
b) $9 will be levied for each export permit or certificate delivered by a customs broker's office which is authorized by the Minister of Foreign Affairs to make such delivery. The $9 fee does not include any fees for services incidental to the delivery of the permit or certificate.
a) where the import permit is delivered by a person who is not employed in the public service of Canada but who is authorized by the Minister to make the delivery, the fee set out in column II that corresponds to the total value of the goods in respect of which the import permit is issued set out in column I of that item: and
b) where the import permit is delivered by the Export and Import Control Bureau of the Department (EICB), the fee set out in column III that corresponds to the total value of the goods in respect of which the import permit is issued set out in column I of that item.
|Item||Column I |
(Total Value of the goods)
|Column II Fee |
|Column III Fee |
(Export and Import
|1.||Less than $1,000||$10||$15|
|2.||$1,000 or more|
but less than $5,000
|3.||$5,000 or more|
but less than $10,000
|4.||$10,000 or more|
but less than $20,000
|5.||$20,000 and over||$26||$31|
For more information on the permit/certificate fee order please contact our Bureau at (613) 995-4023 or 944-2496.
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