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CBSA’s Turnaround Interim Policy Has Expired: What Does This Mean?

In an October 2020 release by CBSA, it was announced that the Turnaround Interim Policy would be expiring the following month. This policy is relevant to importers that use highway carriers to move their goods.  Now, it is required that highway carriers must be in compliance with CBSA’s commercial reporting requirements for the movement and control of unreleased goods in Canada. (Read the CBSA release here: Sunsetting of the CBSA Turnaround...

Import of Forced Labour Goods Banned By Canada: What Will Change?

Along with many changes to trade legislation that took place when CUSMA/USMCA/T-Mec was enacted in July 2020 -- Canada has also agreed to prohibit goods that were produced by forced labor. Canada joins the ranks of other nations taking a stand against forced labour: United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and many others!  In an article by Stephen Pike, Partner and trade expert at Gowling WLG, he covered the various impacts that this regula...

Importing Cars into Canada during COVID Times

A common inquiry that our customs experts field from importers is concerning automobiles. What are the due processes surrounding the import of cars into Canada? What does CBSA expect from importers (+exporters, manufacturers, etc.)? It’s a process that’s not without specific requirements.  There is now an additional layer of complexity on the process as the pandemic has tweaked the CBSA process. In previous articles on the topic of COVID-...

Other Government Departments (OGDs) Importers Need to Know About

Most importers are familiar with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and their dealings. This is the primary government agency that importers must be accountable to - and in compliance with. However, there are other government departments (OGDs) that CBSA works in tandem with. In most cases, this happens when the imported goods must be inspected or in compliance with the OGDs.  In fact, there are a total of 15 OGDs that can get involved in t...

5 Frequently Asked Questions about Customs Clearance

With online shopping continuing to boom (even throughout a pandemic!), more and more individuals are taking on importing commercial goods. The reality is that not everyone in the supply chain / global trade space has a good foundation of knowledge on customs clearance.  Having a handle on the specifics regarding all things customs will help your business thrive - as a misstep here can lead to delays, fines, and seizure of goods. As such, we f...