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TDMT 1409

Canada Customs and Free Trade Agreements

School School of Business + Media
Program International Business Management
Course Credits 4
Minimum Passing Grade 50%
Start Date September 07, 2021
End Date October 19, 2021
Total Hours 45
Total Weeks 6
Hours/Weeks 7.5
Delivery Type Other
CRN 33995

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Gordon Kennedy
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location Online
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

​Introduces students to the harmonized system of exporting and importing and details many of the commonly encountered situations at Canada Customs. The USA, EEC and most OECD countries use the same documentation and valuation system for customs purposes. This course also introduces students to the basic Free Trade Agreements that impact Canadian businesses.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon successful completion, the student will be familiar with:

  • Articulate the role of the Border Services Officer.
  • Demonstrate your responsibilities as an Importer/Carrier when importing goods.
  • Demonstrate your responsibilities as an Exporter/Carrier when exporting goods.
  • Recognize and explain the Laws and Regulations concerning the cross border movement of goods.
  • Identify the roles of all stakeholders in the international movement of goods including various Government Departments.
  • Explain the steps involved in the Valuation of Goods.
  • Complete a valid NAFTA Certificate of Origin.
  • Identify the common errors in the completion of a Certificate of Origin.
  • Define the basic rules of Origin.
  • Demonstrate proper use of the Rules of Origin for NAFTA Annex 401.
  • Follow the steps in identifying goods using the Harmonized System or Customs Tariff numbering system.
  • Accurately complete a Cargo Control Document, Canada Customs Invoice, B-3 Accounting Document and B-2 Adjustment to Accounting Document.
  • Recognize important points in other relevant documents used by the public and Border Services at Border and inland Offices of CBSA.

Learning Resources


Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % Comments
Final30Mult Choice-True False questions
Midterm202 at !0% each Mult Choice
Quiz17Each worth 1%
Assignments3320% documents- 10% other

Safety equipment or protective clothing


Other information

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the TDMT1410 Customs and Free Trade Agreement course. Your course begins in Sept and you will have access on the first day of class (Sept 7) so that you can explore the course area (Desire 2 Learn - D2L) the learning hub.

To log into (D2L) go to This is a portal to D2L The Learning Hub. Once you have logged in (using your BCIT email and password), then select my courses tab. Once there, you will see the course name. If you do not see it make sure you have selected Fall 2021 from the Course Schedule drop down. If that did not work, try (this option may not be available in the future).

We will be using no textbook but there are some available. I recommend the book published by Canadian Society of Customs Brokers (Introduction to Customs Administration and Procedures by Edmond Montgomery Publications) There are page references in the schedule to this book.

IMPORTANT: As this is an online course you will be responsible for reading the material and completing all components each week.

Notes, Assignment, Videos are in the Learning Hub. And watch the video(s) each week.

Send Assignment by putting into the learning Hub as there is a spot for each assignment. Do not put 2 assignments in together as only the one for that area will be marked. Quizzes must be done online in the learning hub. If you miss doing a Quiz you must have a doctor’s note.

Emails to me at and put in the subject line CRN# and the last 4 digits of your Student number and your name as shown on the attendance list. If your Student number is A00111234 the subject line will show like this (CRN 33995 Stu1234 Kennedy G)

Zoom Conference at 15 minutes after start of class. I put the information in the Learning Hub News.

Questions will be answered during the Zoom conference. If urgent then email me. Do not send Thank you emails as they are unnecessary and I have @ 90 students.

It is important that we all communicate effectively throughout the duration of the course. You will be sending me and other students in the course emails. Here is a link that gives you some guidelines on how to use email in the online learning environment.

Support for BCIT online students is available at:

I look forward to working with you. We will be communicating via email, or within the D2L environment (discussion area). Please feel free to get in touch me when you have questions.

Course Schedule and Assignments

RN 33995 Tues/Thurs--- Sept 7 to Oct 14








Introduction and overview

Importance of WTO/WCO

CBSA College, where it all begins


Sept 7


Customs Act/Charter/D-Memos/Regs

Importance of Chap 12 and 17 of the Customs Act

Introduction to CARM



Transportation/Declaration/Release Options

CITT/CBP website research

CBSA Travel tips




Customs Tariff

Look up 2 tariff Treatments (not NAFTA) describe use and requirements

RFID Technology and Canada 150 at the CBSA: Our Tech




First Midterm Chap 1-4



Harmonized System

Customs notices/ Explain 2

Classifying imported goods




Valuation/// first midterm

Complete a CCD and CI for 2 items using the above 2 TT

Importing: Motor Vehicles




Refunds/ Drawbacks/SIMA

Complete a B-3 for above items

Importing: Commercial Goods into Canada




Temporary Imports/// review

Change the 2 TT to UST and complete a CofO and B-2

Adjustments to Commercial Accounting documents




Second Midterm Chap 5-8

Oct 5

9b/ 10

AMP's/Pre-border programs/US CBP

Describe 2 AMP’s penalties in detail

Nexus: Save time at the border/

Trusted Traders




Discuss the dis/ and advantages of FTA’s

International Partnerships




Other Government Departments

Choose 1 OGD and describe their area of responsibility

Video’s on Cannabis



13/ 14

Broker Licensing/Warehousing

Pick 2 Customs Brokers and describe other services

Trade incentive Programs





Why is GST registration important

(CRA) General Information for GST Registrants



Exports/ Review

Complete a B-15 for your 2 items

Exporting commercial goods from Canada



Final Exam


BCIT Policy

Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and Accessibility Services of their personal circumstances.

Human Rights, Harassment and Discrimination:
The BCIT community is made up of individuals from every ability, background, experience and identity, each contributing uniquely to the richness and diversity of the BCIT community as a whole. In recognition of this, and the intrinsic value of our diversity, BCIT seeks to foster a climate of collaboration, understanding and mutual respect between all members of the community and ensure an inclusive accessible working and learning environment where everyone can succeed.

Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion is a supportive resource for both students and employees of BCIT, to foster a respectful learning and working environment. Any student who feels that they are experiencing discrimination or harassment (personal or human rights-related) can confidentially access this resource for advice and support. Please see Policy 7507 – Harassment and Discrimination and accompanying procedure.

Students should make themselves aware of additional Education, Administration, Safety and other BCIT policies listed at

Guidelines for School of Business + Media

Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three (3) attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts may not be eligible to graduate from their respective program.

Regular attendance in lectures and labs is seen as integral to student success, therefore, attendance in class is monitored. Unexcused absences in excess of 10% of the time prescribed for this course may result in the assignment of a failing grade. Attendance may be taken at any time during class. A student not present for attendance will be marked absent. A student who leaves class for a period of time deemed excessive by the instructor may be considered absent regardless of whether they are present when attendance is taken.

In case of illness or other unavoidable absence, students must communicate with the instructor, or the appropriate Program Head, as soon as possible (preferably in advance) indicating the reason for the absence. Students who are seeking accommodation for a medical absence must have a BCIT-approved medical certificate ). For other absences, students must be prepared to provide appropriate supporting documentation.

A student who has unexcused absences in excess of 10% of the time prescribed for the course by the Withdrawal Deadline is considered to have ‘Vanished’ and will be assigned a grade of ‘V’. In these cases, no further work will be graded.

These requirements are set out in accordance with BCIT Policy 5101 Student Regulations. More information regarding withdrawals from PTS courses is available at


I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Gordon Kennedy, Instructor
July 19, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Ron Wlock, Program Head
September 02, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Phil Ramer, Associate Dean
September 02, 2021

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.