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The valuation of goods imported into Canada is governed by the Customs Act and regulations passed thereunder. Value for duty determinations establishes the base upon which customs duties are levied. In the vast majority of cases, customs duties on goods imported into Canada will be calculated on the basis of their “transaction value”. The “transaction value” is the price paid or payable for the goods that are exported to a purchaser in Canada, subject to a number of adjustments, which take into account factors such as royalties, the costs of shipping, transportation and commissions. Where a price cannot be determined, the Customs Act provides for other methods of valuation to be used, including the transaction value of identical or similar goods, or deductive or computed (“cost-plus”) value.

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