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Change Government Policies to Reduce Prices, Suggests U of T economist

Prices in Canada have outpaced those in the U.S. over the past decade across almost all categories of retail and wholesale goods, according to a comparative study of 600 products by Prof. Nicholas Li of the University of Toronto's Department of Economics. Writing for the C.D. Howe Institute in its Commentary No. 409, entitled “Sticker Shock: The Causes of the Canada-US Price Differential”, Li shows that the price gap largely tracks the exchan...

New U.S. Export Reporting Requirements For Used Vehicles

The U.S. Census Bureau, which is responsible for America's foreign trade regulations, has changed the rules for exporting used cars and other self-propelled vehicles to require use of the Automated Export System (AES) to file export information within the 72 hours prior to export. The previously existing requirements to submit the vehicle's title to Customs at least 72 hours before exportation and present the vehicle itself for inspection are sti...

Conditional Sentence for Importing Prohibited Weapons into Canada

A Saint John's businessman, Scott Joseph Waterman, 32, who pleaded guilty to importing prohibited weapons into Canada, has received a conditional sentence of one year, as well as 18 months on probation and a 10-year ban on possessing firearms. Waterman bought the pepper spray and stun guns at a flea market in Florida while on a family vacation in 2012, then mailed them from the US to his address in Newfoundland and Labrador. Unfortunately for hi...

CBP advice on boat travel around the Michigan-Canada border

The summer boating season is getting underway, and the Detroit office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued reporting guidelines for boat owners planning to sail the waters between the US and Canada. The CBP aims to maintain American border security with minimal interference to cross-border traffic, and the Detroit office notes that Michigan's lengthy water border with Canada and large number of pleasure boat registrations make ...

Canada Open to Paying for US Customs Plaza in Detroit

Lisa Raitt, the Canadian Minister of Transport, has said the New International Trade Crossing between Windsor and Detroit is so important that Canada would consider paying 250 million dollars to build a customs plaza at the American end of the bridge after the Obama administration failed to include this item in its budget for next year. Canada is already set to pay almost all of the multi-billion dollar cost of the project, but Raitt told the De...