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Transitioning to CUSMA: A Toolkit for Importers

In preparation for CUSMA (or USMCA/T-MEC), we’ve put out many resources to help Canadians trade professionals -- or all North Americans in general -- adapt their practices. While the shift away from NAFTA caused some anxiety in the industry, it’s a trade agreement that proves to have some clear advantages over the previous one.  For those just becoming aware of this agreement, CUSMA is a free trade agreement between Canada, the United Sta...

Importers & Remote Work: Mistakes To Watch Out For

Most working professionals are doing their work from a home office, as a result of current times. Importers (and many other people across the logistics sector) are no exception to this, as stipulated by government directives.  As such, importers must be hyper-vigilant in order to prevent mistakes. As trade law & sales tax firm lawyer, Cyndee Todgham Cherniak, states: “[...] Business is not as usual. Importers have to adjust [...]. Most...

Looking at Canadian Trade From The Lense of COVID-19

By now, it’s clear that the pandemic will continue to have an impact on Canadian trade (and the global trade market at large). As such, we can expect some shifts on the Canadian economy as well.  We’ve seen a multitude of regulatory and operational issues pop up as a result of COVID-19. In order to better prepare for what’s to come, we wanted to take a look at some of the underlying and overt impacts on the importing, trade, and supply ...

What You Need to Know About CARM

CBSA has announced a multi-year initiative, the CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management Project (or CARM). The intention of this project is to modify the way that the collection of duties and taxes for imported goods takes place. CBSA promises that CARM will transform the way in which commercial goods are imported into Canada.  In an infographic shared by the agency, they lay out the benefits of the program as follows:  Make it easier for...

PARS Labels vs. PAPS Labels: What’s the difference?

Early in the process of importing commercial goods into Canada, it is important to have an understanding of the information required by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Depending how far along you are in the import business, you may be familiar with Canada’s ACI eManifest program.  If you have not yet heard of the ACI eManifest program, we have previously covered the basics in a recent article: What is The ACI eManifest Program?  Her...