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Agricultural Importing 101: Bringing Livestock over the Border

Every year, thousands of cattle are moved over the Canada - USA border. Whether they’re flowing into Canada or the United States changes based on a number of factors, but no matter what, importing cattle is a vital part of cattle ranching for farms in both countries. 2018, in particular, has proven to be a strong year for cattle importing -- nearly 15,000 head of feeder cattle were imported into Canada in May, which is close to double the numbe...

Importing and IP: Copyright Compliance

Last week, we discussed how Canadian IP holders can benefit from anti-counterfeiting measures in international trade. Protecting your own IP, however, is just one part of staying on the right side of international copyright law! While Canada has gained a reputation as a weak link in fight for stopping the trade of counterfeit goods, increasing pressure from trading allies means that Canadian importers should start brushing up on copyright comp...

Importing and IP: Copyright Over the Border

The Canadian Border Services Agency has adopted new regulations in order to combat the growing counterfeit market. Prior to 2015, the CBSA had little power when it came to withholding or detaining these types of products, and no formal system for recording IP rights or information was in place, making it difficult to keep counterfeit products from entering the country. But while there were always steps that a CBSA officer could take if they we...

The Road to Legalization: Traveling and Importing in the Post-Prohibition Era

In late June, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that October 17, 2018, would be the official date in which people in Canada could buy, sell and consume recreational cannabis, ending decades-long prohibition. Trudeau’s benchmark date for official legalization comes off the back of the Cannabis Act, which passed in Senate on June 20, 2018. The act will serve as the official document regulating the amount of cannabis a person can legally ...

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 ...