The Duties Relief Program (DRP) administered by the Canada Border Services Agency was not designed for agriculture goods. It does not provide adequate safeguards to address the potential for diversion into the domestic market that is presented when chicken is imported into Canada for further processing and subsequent re-export. The program duplicates Global Affairs Canada’s Import to Re-export Program (IREP), which was created specifically for agricultural goods and has in place adequate verification and safeguard processes. We have identified the following concerns with respect to the DRP:
The DRP must institute rules governing the import and re-export of perishable agricultural products that are subject to tariff rate quotas. These changes would include:
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