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Clearit.ca’s Guide to importing from China

Welcome to Clearit.ca’s Guide to importing From China. Here we will detail the process of finding a supplier, communicating with them, and paying for & receiving your goods.   Importing from China: Finding a supplier When looking for suppliers, many of us first begin our search in China. It is world renowned for its affordable and abundant products, but where do you begin?  As someone looking to start up a business with little to n...

Canada Customs: Penalties, Corrections & Appeals

Canada Customs: Notice of Penalty Assessment When receiving an AMPS penalty from Canada Customs (CBSA), 2 copies of a  notice of penalty assessment (NPA) will be sent directly to you, the importer, via registered mail. This NPA will detail the penalty as well as any costs associated. Notices of Penalty assessment are broken down into 2 parts: Administrative Details Date of issue (used to calculate interest on penalty) Penalty assessm...

Duty Free: Canada – E.U. Trade Pact

Duty free: Details surfacing on trade pact between Canada and E.U.   Today, The conservative federal government tabled a report in the house of commons detailing some of the negotiation between Canadian and European leaders, shedding some light as to what we can expect from this landmark trade agreement.   Elimination of duty   It is expected that up to 98% of duty on European goods will be removed day one the trade agreemen...

The Customs Broker Advantage

Do i need a Customs Broker? Here at Clearit.ca, we get a lot of clients asking us if hiring a customs broker is really necessary. Clearit.ca has many free, self serve tools to facilitate customs without the help of a broker such as an automated duty & tax calculator, HS code quick search, etc. So "why pay someone to do something i can do myself"?   Clearing goods through customs is beyond time consuming and can drive the layman crazy....

Import Canada: A contact list

Import Canada: A comprehensive contact list of agencies & other governmental departments for imports to Canada.    CBSA works closely with many agencies and governmental departments to ensure the enforcing of regulations and legislation. Some imports require permits or certificates in order to be completed. Below is a comprehensive list of the most commonly imported goods requiring documentation as well as their governmental contacts...