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Demystifying the Single Window Initiative (SWI)

It has been over 6 months since the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has been implementing the Single Window Initiative (SWI). It goes without saying that if your business imports goods into Canada, that this may affect how you do business. This means that your declaration will require further details than you have previously provided. So, what is the SWI exactly? Briefly put, the Single Window Initiative is a single point for ...

5 Tips for Lowering Your Shipping Costs

  Many entrepreneurs and business owners face a huge hurdle when unlocking a larger market. While expanding your business and offering worldwide shipping is a surefire way to drive sales, it’s often a challenge to get a handle on your shipping costs. Of course, you want them to be as low as possible, so that your product has the potential to go anywhere, without being a burden. It may or may not come as a surprise that shipping ...

What you need to know about CUFTA (Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement)

Canada is often referred to as an open trade country. Canada now has 13 active free trade agreements with the US, Mexico, Israel, South Korea and others, with 8 other agreements currently in negotiations.  It’s been about a month since the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) has been in effect (it was enacted on August 1st, 2017). What do you need to know?  In essence, this means that Canada has agreed to reduce a majority ...

More Duty Free Importing on it’s way for Canadian online shoppers

If you’re Canadian that frequently shops online, chances are that you’ve been slapped with a (sometimes unexpected) customs duty and tax bill on your purchase. Well, we have good news for you! Chances are likely that your future orders may not be subject to the same fees. The ongoing renegotiations for NAFTA will likely bolster some benefits for Canadians. One of these benefits may be the raising of the de minimis threshold. The de min...

How to determine your customs valuation

What is a customs valuation? Customs valuation is the identification of the value of the goods intended to be shipped. Of course, CSBA has a requirement that imported goods have a value listed, which in turn is the base amount on which you must calculate the fees-- like duty and taxes-- you will need to pay. It’s not uncommon that importers and business owners grapple a little bit with determining valuations. If you are having trouble...