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Moving To Canada: What Can A Broker Do For You?

The process behind moving to Canada can be tedious and complicated. It doesn’t matter if you’re a resident moving back after a long stay abroad or an immigrant looking to start a new life in North America, there are many things that you’ll need to consider, like duties, taxes, proper documentation, and border exemptions. The question of what to bring with you across the border, and what to leave behind for future shipping is a difficult ...

Clearing Canadian Customs: The Advanced Commercial Information Initiative

Many Canadians have sat in long lines at the border. Most of us have had to wait for a shipment to finally clear customs before it can be in our hands. Everyone has some sort of story about paperwork slowing down their day. Finding new and ever-evolving ways to make the customs and border crossing process more streamlined is the ongoing goal of any government’s customs agency. The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) has implemented a numb...

Canadian Imports and Trends: Cars, Gems, and… Kale?

Canadians love imports. Despite being 38th in world population size, we’re the 11th biggest export and import economy in the world — and that’s with taking into account the fact that our imports have shrunk at a rate of around 2% for the last five years. In other words, we’re 0.48% of the world population... and we’re responsible for 2.7% of global imports. Canadians love imports so much that, on average, our yearly imported product ...

The Common And Not So Common Finds At The Canadian Customs Border

The national border is a place where all sorts of weird and wonderful things are found -- you’d be surprised what people actually think they can bring into the country! But with tighter border control and more stringent customs regulations coming into force across the board, the margins are becoming finer as to what is deemed acceptable and what is not. Of course, there will always be those who (probably due to ignorance more than anything) ...

Successful Customs Process For Importing To Canada As Non-Resident Importer

Today’s borders are stricter than ever. Of course, as a double edged sword, while these regulations and tighter compliance margins can be problematic, they are also wholly necessary. As things continue to change, so too does the nature of importing goods and services into Canada -- thanks to the internet, for example, foreign companies can now sell their goods to Canadian consumers without actually setting up residence in Canada. In order to...