Blanket B2s - GTA Initiative

June 28, 2011

Effective July 1, 2011, CBSA in the GTA will implement a pilot project for the processing of blanket B2s that result from a CBSA verification/audit.

The pilot is designed to ease the administrative burden for the processing of blanket B2s in the GTA only and is not national policy.

Currently, permission is required to submit a blanket B2, a process that can take up to 45 days for approval. This delay seriously affects the 90-day time frame, from the date of final verification, in which to submit a B2. With this pilot, permission to submit blanket B2s is not required.

CBSA have developed a single B2 spreadsheet to be used for adjustments in tariff, value or origin. This format was developed in consultation with the CSCB.

A separate B2 certification or attestation form must also be completed and signed by the importer or broker, stating that:

  • all entries have been duty paid;
  • all B3 lines reflect any previous adjustments;
  • no entries are included where previous adjustments have been submitted for the same issue; and
  • no adjustments are outstanding against any of the subject entries/lines.

Click to see an information sheet; the certification document; and a sample spreadsheet. A copy of the notice provided by CBSA once the audit is complete and advising that a blanket B2 may be filed is also attached.

Note that the information sheet indicates that an agency agreement must be provided when blanket B2s are submitted by a third party. This third party does not refer to the importer, nor to the broker involved with the original transactions.

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Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
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