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Successful Customs Process For Importing To Canada As Non-Resident Importer

Today’s borders are stricter than ever. Of course, as a double edged sword, while these regulations and tighter compliance margins can be problematic, they are also wholly necessary. As things continue to change, so too does the nature of importing goods and services into Canada -- thanks to the internet, for example, foreign companies can now sell their goods to Canadian consumers without actually setting up residence in Canada. In order to...

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...

Canada says it will tighten arms exports

Where do the weapons come from that are used in armed conflict and human rights abuses around the world? It is likely they’ve been exported from the United States, the number one arms exporter in the world, or Russia, who comes in second. But they could have similarly been exported from Canada, who ranks as the fifteenth international arms exporter. Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, wants Canada to hold itself to a ...

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 ...

More Duty Free Importing on it’s way for Canadian online shoppers

If you’re Canadian that frequently shops online, chances are that you’ve been slapped with a (sometimes unexpected) customs duty and tax bill on your purchase. Well, we have good news for you! Chances are likely that your future orders may not be subject to the same fees. The ongoing renegotiations for NAFTA will likely bolster some benefits for Canadians. One of these benefits may be the raising of the de minimis threshold. The de min...