Vol. 151, No. 28 — July 15, 2017

Regulations Amending the Vessel Duties Reduction or Removal Regulations

Statutory authority

Customs Tariff

Sponsoring department

Department of Finance

REGULATORY IMPACT ANALYSIS STATEMENT

(This statement is not part of the Regulations.)

Issues

Consequential amendments to the Vessel Duties Reduction or Removal Regulations (the Regulations) are required to reflect changes being made to the Coasting Trade Act, which implement Canada’s maritime commitments under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). On July 8, 2017, the Prime Minister and the President of the European Commission announced that the provisional application of CETA will come into effect on September 21, 2017.

Background

When a vessel is imported into Canada, the importer is liable for the payment of all applicable duties and taxes upon importation. For certain vessels imported on a temporary basis, the Regulations provide for the payment of applicable duties and taxes at a reduced rate. Provided there is no suitable Canadian-registered vessel available, duty is payable at a rate of 1/120th of the value of the vessel, for each month it remains in Canadian waters.

The Coasting Trade Act reserves the marine transportation of goods and passengers in Canada and the conduct of other marine activities of a commercial nature in Canadian waters to Canadian registered duty-paid vessels.

It requires that foreign registered vessels and/or non-duty paid vessels working in Canadian waters have a coasting trade licence, which grants them the right to engage in Canada’s domestic coasting trade. If the Canadian Transport Agency (CTA), under the authority granted by the Coasting Trade Act, determines that no suitable Canadian-registered vessel is available (the “determination”), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) grants a coasting trade licence and permits application of the 1/120th duty rate for that vessel.

Amendments to the Coasting Trade Act would allow European Union (EU) and Canadian entities, including third country entities under Canadian or EU control, to perform certain coasting trade activities without requiring a coasting trade licence. These coasting trade activities include the following:

To perform these activities, third country entities under Canadian or EU control will be required to use EU registered vessels.

In all such cases, a determination by the CTA will no longer be made.

As a result, since not all temporarily imported vessels would need to undergo a determination, certain temporarily imported vessels would no longer be eligible for the reduced duty option under the Regulations. In order to ensure that the opportunity to pay duty on a reduced basis remains available for temporarily imported vessels impacted by these changes, the existing requirement within the Regulations that there be no suitable available Canadian-registered or Canadian-registered non-duty paid vessel would be waived for these vessels, consistent with, and consequential to, the changes being made to the Coasting Trade Act.

Objectives

The objective of these proposed amendments is to ensure that the Regulations reflect the changes being made to the Coasting Trade Act that implement the marine sector commitments of Canada under CETA. This would ensure the continued opportunity to pay duty on a reduced basis for temporarily imported vessels impacted by these changes to the Coasting Trade Act.

Description

The Regulations would be amended to remove the requirement that there be no suitable Canadian-registered or Canadian-registered non-duty paid vessel available when a vessel engaged in the repositioning of empty containers, private dredging activities, and certain feeder services between the ports of Montréal and Halifax. Vessels temporarily imported for these activities would continue to have the opportunity of paying duty at a reduced rate of 1/120th of the value of the vessel for each month they remained in Canadian waters.

“One-for-One” Rule

The “One-for-One” Rule does not apply to this proposal, as there would be no change in administrative costs to business.

Small business lens

The small business lens does not apply to this proposal, as there would be no costs imposed on small business.

Consultation

In December 2008, the Government of Canada launched public consultations with provinces and territories, businesses, industry associations and the general public to gauge Canadians’ interests and sensitivities in launching free trade negotiations with the EU. Stakeholders were regularly consulted throughout the negotiations, including on marine transport issues. A free trade agreement with the EU is supported by a broad cross-section of Canadian business stakeholders.

Rationale

This proposal would implement consequential changes required to align the Regulations with the marine commitments of Canada under CETA. This would ensure the continued opportunity to pay duty on a reduced basis for temporarily imported vessels impacted by the changes to the Coasting Trade Act.

Implementation, enforcement and service standards

The CBSA would monitor compliance with the terms and conditions of these proposed Regulations in the normal course of its administration of customs- and tariff-related legislation and regulations. As in the case of previous free trade agreements, the CBSA would update its systems to account for the implementation in Canada of the CETA and would inform importers of all relevant CETA-related issues pertaining to these Regulations.

Contact

Kimberly McIntyre
International Trade Policy Division
Department of Finance
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0G5
Telephone: 613-369-4075

PROPOSED REGULATORY TEXT

Notice is given that the Governor in Council, pursuant to paragraph 132(1)(k) of the Customs Tariff (see footnote a), proposes to make the annexed Regulations Amending the Vessel Duties Reduction or Removal Regulations.

Interested persons may make representations concerning the proposed Regulations within 15 days after the date of publication of this notice. All such representations must cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, and the date of publication of this notice, and be addressed to Kimberly McIntyre, International Trade Policy Division, Department of Finance, 90 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G5 (email: fin.tariff-tarif.fin@canada.ca).

Ottawa, July 13, 2017

Jurica Čapkun
Assistant Clerk of the Privy Council

Regulations Amending the Vessel Duties Reduction or Removal Regulations

Amendments

1 The definitions Minister and vessel in section 2 of the Vessel Duties Reduction or Removal Regulations (see footnote 1) are replaced by the following:

Minister means the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness; (ministre)

vessel means a good of heading 89.01, of subheading 8902.00, of tariff item No. 8903.91.00, 8903.92.00, 8903.99.90 or 8904.00.00, of heading 89.05, of heading 89.06 or of tariff item No. 8907.90.90. (navire)

2 Section 8 of the Regulations is amended by adding “and” at the end of paragraph (b) and by adding the following after that paragraph:

Coming into Force

3 These Regulations come into force on the day on which subsection 92(2) of the Canada– European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Implementation Act, chapter 6 of the Statutes of Canada, 2017, comes into force, but if they are registered after that day, they come into force on the day on which they are registered.

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