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WTO Turkey and Turkey Products TRQ - Serial No. 947

Date: October 1, 2019

This Notice replaces Notice to Importers No. 886 dated September 30, 2016, and sets out the policies and practices pertaining to the administration of Canada’s tariff rate quota (TRQ) for turkey and turkey products under the World Trade Organization (WTO).

This Notice is provided pursuant to the authority of the Export and Import Permits Act (EIPA) and its corresponding regulations, and remains in effect until further notice.

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Non-ICL products means products that are not on the Import Control List (ICL) and that are domestically manufactured using products that are on the Import Control List to compete with like imported products entering Canada duty-free or at a low rate of duty.

Trim meat means any turkey meat, excluding mechanically separated meat and tenders, which: (1) is the by-product of a trimming, boning, cutting or advanced meat recovery operation; (2) is used in a formulation; and (3) has been purchased or valued at a cost less than random (e.g. line run) whole muscle breast meat.

Turkey means a product that is included in items 105 to 113 on the Import Control List (ICL), namely turkey and turkey products falling under heading Nos. 01.05, 02.07, 02.09, 02.10, 16.01 and 16.02 in the list of tariff provisions set out in the Schedule to the Customs Tariff.

Allocation policy

Eligibility criteria

You are eligible to apply for an allocation if you are a:

Traditional allocation holder
  • who can demonstrate active involvement in the turkey or food industry.
Processors of non-ICL products
  • that manufactures non-ICL products in your owned and operated Canadian establishments that are in good standing and have received processing licenses from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA); and
  • sells these products at the wholesale level.
  • You must exclude the following from your application:
    • products that have not been processed in Canada in CFIA-approved plants owned and operated by you;
    • products for which you have not obtained a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) letter of opinion;
    • products for which you are unable to provide the finished product recipe, processing method and composition of the meat;
    • mechanically separated meat (MSM);
    • added fat; and
    • added skin.
  • Note: If you use marinated turkey in your non-ICL product, you must use the pre-marinated weight of the turkey in your application.
  • Note: If MSM is not available domestically at U.S.-competitive prices, the Minister may authorize supplemental imports for MSM.
  • Note: If your non-ICL products are manufactured using ground meat, finely textured meat or trim meat, you must provide information concerning the total amount of these products used in the production of your non-ICL products.

Calculation of allocations

Traditional allocation holders
  • are each allocated the amount of quota that they were allocated in the previous year, as adjusted since (e.g. for under-utilization)
Processors of non-ICL products:
  • are allocated any remaining quota on the basis of one kilogram of import quota for each kilogram of turkey inputs used in the production of non-ICL products in the reference period.
    • If the total amount of turkey requested for the production of non-ICL products exceeds the quantity available to processors of non-ICL products, the allocation is done on a pro-rata basis.
  • If the amount of quota you are allocated for the production of non-ICL products is insufficient to meet your manufacturing needs, you may apply for supplemental imports through the Import-to-Compete program. Supplemental import requests are authorized only for the specific inputs you require for the manufacturing of your non-ICL product.  (See Notice to Importers Turkey and Turkey Products - Supplemental Imports).

Transfer, return and under-utilization of allocations

Information related to import permits of turkey and turkey products

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