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What CBSA Will Do to Streamline Canadian Trade in 2021

Last month, a press release by the government of Canada was released, outlining the steps that the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) will be taking to protect Canadian trade this year.  Without a doubt, 2020 was a rocky year for Canadian business, so CBSA making a clear public statement that they are hard at work to protect importers and exporters is very welcome. The release was published on International Customs Day (January 26), which...

The State of Canadian Trade: Looking Ahead

Canadian trade professionals are cautiously optimistic when predicting what may be in store in 2021. With the new year already underway, we’ll be assessing the state of affairs and predictions for the industry. We will be pulling from the Global Export Forecast by Export Development Canada (EDC) -- which aims to identify the trends that influence global trade, as well as an article by journalist Mary Gooderham in the Globe & Mail.  Step...

A Refresher On HS Codes

As an importer, it is ideal that you accustom yourself to the Harmonized System (HS), so you can classify your commercial goods with ease. The Harmonized System is a system of codes that pertain to names and numbers that are commonly referred to in international trade. Canada has abided by this coding system, virtually since its inception - in the same ranks as 199 other countries and 98% of world trade.  HS codes are defined by CBSA as follo...

A Closer Look at T-MEC: Trade Opportunities in Mexico

We’ve talked at length about a few different elements of CUSMA/USMCA/T-MEC and the impact of this “new NAFTA” agreement on Canadian importers. Today, we’re continuing that knowledge transfer to do a deeper dive at T-MEC, or the Mexico applications of this new FTA (free trade agreement).  Imports from Canada to Mexico have actually increased from a healthy 756359 USD THO to 866727 USD THO in September 2020. It is projected that these n...

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...