Import report requirements – March 2017

Bulletin on import report exceptions for energy using products that are imported as components of end-use products

As part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to reducing regulatory burden, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is proposing, as part of Amendment 14 to Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations (the Regulations), to remove import reporting for external power supplies (EPS), electric motors (motors) and fluorescent lamp ballasts (ballasts) when they are imported as components of another product.

Amendment 14 proposes to introduce energy efficiency requirements for two new products: battery chargers and small motors. This exception will also apply to these two products when they are imported as components of another product.

The purpose of this document is to provide stakeholders with background information on current important reporting requirements and the proposed changes. This bulletin addresses key issues that may be raised. It is not intended to provide a definitive representation of the proposed Regulations.

Import reporting requirements

Import reporting remains a highly effective and efficient monitoring mechanism. NRCan will continue to use import reporting to monitor compliance with the requirements of the Regulations for the products it regulates.

A dealer who is importing a regulated energy-using product into Canada for the purpose of sale or lease must include the following information on the customs release document:

  • name of product;
  • model number;
  • brand name;
  • address of the dealer who is importing the product; and
  • the purpose for which the product is being imported:
    • for sale or lease in Canada without modification;
    • for sale or lease in Canada after being modified to comply with the prescribed energy efficiency standard; or
    • for use as a component in a product being exported from Canada.

Proposed changes to import reporting requirements

NRCan is proposing to remove import reporting requirements for incorporated products in cases where import reporting is not the most effective monitoring option, and other means of monitoring compliance are available. To that end, NRCan is proposing to remove import reporting requirements for EPS, motors and ballasts that are imported as components of another product.

This exception would be achieved by removing the applicable HS codes that NRCan has flagged with the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA). CBSA lists the HS codes currently used by NRCan for the Regulations. A list of affected HS codes will be provided prior to finalizing Amendment 14. This proposal does not affect dealers’ obligation to comply with all other regulatory requirements of the Regulations.


Mandace Montgomery
Senior Compliance Officer
Office of Energy Efficiency, Equipment Division
1 Observatory Crescent, Building 3