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What Importers Need to Know on CUSMA and Textile & Apparel Goods

It has been over 6 months since CUSMA went into effect, with the primary function of renegotiating NAFTA and unifying the North American market into a single space for goods and services. The agreement has drawn a bit of critique from US manufacturers who believe they may be outbid by Mexican competitors -- especially in the domain of textile and apparel.  If you are interested in learning more about other areas of CUSMA, this article is part...

Biden, CUSMA, COVID: What 2021 Looks Like for US-Canada Trade

2019 and 2020 have undoubtedly been quite challenging for trade professionals in North America. With new imposed tariffs, renegotiations of NAFTA, a pandemic, and the US election, 2020 proved to be one of the rockiest years yet in the last decade. With that, it’s likely that across both countries, the trade sector is ready to take advantage of smoother seas ahead for 2021.  Recommended reading:  Trade Compliance: 5 New Orders & Regulati...

CBSA’s Turnaround Interim Policy Has Expired: What Does This Mean?

In an October 2020 release by CBSA, it was announced that the Turnaround Interim Policy would be expiring the following month. This policy is relevant to importers that use highway carriers to move their goods.  Now, it is required that highway carriers must be in compliance with CBSA’s commercial reporting requirements for the movement and control of unreleased goods in Canada. (Read the CBSA release here: Sunsetting of the CBSA Turnaround...

Import of Forced Labour Goods Banned By Canada: What Will Change?

Along with many changes to trade legislation that took place when CUSMA/USMCA/T-Mec was enacted in July 2020 -- Canada has also agreed to prohibit goods that were produced by forced labor. Canada joins the ranks of other nations taking a stand against forced labour: United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and many others!  In an article by Stephen Pike, Partner and trade expert at Gowling WLG, he covered the various impacts that this regula...

5 Frequently Asked Questions about Customs Clearance

With online shopping continuing to boom (even throughout a pandemic!), more and more individuals are taking on importing commercial goods. The reality is that not everyone in the supply chain / global trade space has a good foundation of knowledge on customs clearance.  Having a handle on the specifics regarding all things customs will help your business thrive - as a misstep here can lead to delays, fines, and seizure of goods. As such, we f...