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CN 20-13, Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA): Amendment to the Definition of “Specially Defined Mixtures

The purpose of this notice is to advise of the change to Supplementary Note 1 to Chapter 16, titled “specially defined mixtures” that will become effective upon the entry into force of the Canada-United States-Mexico (CUSMA) free-trade agreement.

The new definition of “specially defined mixtures” (SDM) is identified below:

“Specially defined mixtures” of tariff items 1602.31.11, 1602.31.92, 1602.32.11 and 1602.32.92 means a product containing partially or fully cooked, including par-fried, chicken or turkey where 13% or more of the total weight of the product is comprised of goods other than the following listed goods: chicken, turkey, breading, batter, oil, glazing, sauces, other coatings, or bastes, or any added water (including that used in marination, glazing, sauces, other coatings, bastes, breading or batter). For the purposes of this definition, whether 13% or more of the total weight of the product is comprised of goods other than the listed goods shall be determined by calculating the total weight of listed goods contained in that product as a percentage of the total weight of the product.

The new SDM definition now has a cooking requirement, goods must be par-fried, partially or fully cooked.  The definition will also change what is to be considered as part of the 13% other goods. Sauces are now excluded from the 13% calculation and bread, such as sandwich bread, can now be included in the 13% calculation.

Additional information concerning the requirements of the new SDM definition will be detailed in the upcoming CBSA’s Departmental Memorandum.

This Notice is available in its entirety on the CBSA website.

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