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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...

CBSA Using Blockchain: What Does It Mean?

Led by tech giant IBM and shipping company Maersk, CBSA began a pilot project to evaluate a digital shipping solution called TradeLens. TradeLens is technology that was designed to improve data quality and facilitate shipment of goods using blockchain. Quick aside: What is Blockchain? Blockchain is a record of transactions, stored digitally. The name “blockchain” is derived from the name given to individual records -- blocks. These record...

CBSA Wants to Verify Customs Compliance: Now What?

Customs compliance verification, or audits, are conducted periodically by CBSA, with the importer being the responsible party. Verifying an importer’s customs compliance is one of the ways that Canada customs ensures that regulations and requirements are being respected.  As much of the documentation is self reported -- more so in the advent of CUSMA! More info below -- CBSA has committed to auditing importers on: customs duties, excise dut...