Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS)

AMPS is a comprehensive penalty system that applies to all parties involved in the importation or exportation of goods. Also, AMPS will apply to procedural and trade data errors even if the error is revenue neutral (e.g. wrong HS code with the same duty rate).

Typically, penalty amounts for non-compliance will range from $25.00 to $25,000.00 per occurrence or, 5% to 20% of the value for duty over a four year period for imports or, per occurrence in the case of exports. Each infraction has its own penalty structure.

Given that the penalties can have such a negative financial impact on a company’s bottom line, importers and exporters must review their import and export processes to determine if such processes are conducive to compliance with Canada Customs’ laws, regulations and policies.

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