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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 ...

Canada-U.S. Relations Turning Sour Over Milk

“Let’s not pretend we’re in a global free market when it comes to agriculture,” said Prime Minister Trudeau during a Q&A session with Bloomberg television earlier this week. His clear and up front challenging answer was a rebuttal to Donald Trump’s latest anti-trade tirade. The President seems to have decided to turn his attention to Canada’s dairy industry – while in Wisconsin, a state which is highly dependent on its agricultu...

Small Relief for Canadian Pulse Industry

Canada’s pulse producers are a little less stressed thanks to a temporary understanding between Canada and India over a dispute that had threatened to bring all shipments of pulses to India to a halt. India is the world’s largest market for pulses and it just so happens that Canada is one of its largest suppliers. The Indian government’s Farm Ministry has extended an exemption by three months. This exemption allows commodity imports , s...

Food Manufacturing Gets Tariff Break: $48M in Cuts to Boost Industry

As President Trump’s new administration has been openly sharing its intention on piling on new tariffs in order to protect American jobs and discourage importation, the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau up in Ottawa has quietly put in place action to counter the protectionist maneuvers of its southern neighbors. Ottawa will be moving forward with eliminating $48M in tariffs related to the food manufacturing industry. Trudeau’s move, to ...

Major Canadian Trade Developments in 2016

Although it seems like 2017 is just around the corner, it’s important to keep in mind that there are a few months still left in 2016 and that so much can happen, in so little time. There are major trade developments that have and will influence Canadian businesses that import or export goods and services. Many of these are the results on discussions and negotiations that have been going on for years and may well be in the implementation and rat...