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Comprehensive Customs Brokerage: Three Situations you should use a Customs Broker

Customs brokers make dealing with customs painless. They help you handle import duties and taxes, lengthy paperwork, and complicated laws and regulations. Any business that has dealt with importing as a regularity can attest to the usefulness of a knowledgeable customs broker. If you’ve never considered the full scope of what they could do for you, consider these three situations wherein you might contact a customs broker: Situation 1: Im...

What is a Certificate of Origin?

A Certificate of Origin, or CO, is described by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce as a “document attesting that goods exported in a shipment have been wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country.” It is considered one of the most commonly certified documents within the chamber, seeing as millions of these documents are reviewed each year in order to make trade possible between countries. There are a number o...

Going International: The Advantages Of E-Commerce Across The Border

Trying to expand your business internationally is daunting. Keeping track of different legal requirements for different countries, getting the right permits, sending your goods through the correct channels—it might seem like more hassle than it’s worth. However, with a dedicated customs broker, it doesn’t have to be. Customs brokers open up international business for your company by handling the logistics of non-resident importing. If...

Demystifying the Single Window Initiative (SWI)

It has been over 6 months since the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has been implementing the Single Window Initiative (SWI). It goes without saying that if your business imports goods into Canada, that this may affect how you do business. This means that your declaration will require further details than you have previously provided. So, what is the SWI exactly? Briefly put, the Single Window Initiative is a single point for ...

What you need to know about CUFTA (Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement)

Canada is often referred to as an open trade country. Canada now has 13 active free trade agreements with the US, Mexico, Israel, South Korea and others, with 8 other agreements currently in negotiations.  It’s been about a month since the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) has been in effect (it was enacted on August 1st, 2017). What do you need to know?  In essence, this means that Canada has agreed to reduce a majority ...