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CBSA/CBP agreement on eventual resumption of Canadian domestic shipments via U.S.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency have finally reached an agreement on harmonization of data requirements relating to in-transit shipments of domestic goods through their respective countries. The agreement is a necessary step along the road towards relaxing post-9/11 restrictions that have made it impracticable for intra-Canada shipments to traverse the U.S. en route to domestic destinat...

Becoming a Canadian non-resident Importer

Exporting to Canada expands your customer base and can increase your net profit by a significant amount. But dealing with U.S. regulations and taxes can seem complicated enough, and many American business owners wonder whether having to keep track of Canadian ones as well is really worth the headache. Fortunately, you don't need to handle it all yourself: a customs broker who specializes in U.S.-Canada trade can help you navigate the import proce...

Push for U.S. tax on Goods Imported via Canadian Ports Fails

A proposed one-eighth percent tax on cargo entering the U.S. by land after being unloaded at Canadian ports has been averted for a third time after it failed to find a place in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) signed into law by President Obama earlier this month. Levy introduced to replace the Harbor Maintenance Fees Washington state's senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, both Democrats, introduced the levy into the...

U.S. & Canada border begin record keeping, data exchange on citizens’ cross-border trips

Come next Monday (June 30, 2014), the American and Canadian governments will begin exchanging information about how much time their citizens spend in each other's countries. The change will be made possible by new record keeping on exits via land border crossings, and is expected to be particularly significant for Canadian snowbirds who are in the habit of extending their southern sojourns beyond the winter months. Deal between Canada & USA ...

Border Crossing: Driving Your U.S. Purchases Back to Canada

Every day around a hundred thousand Canadians drive into the U.S., and over two thirds of them return on the same day they left. Few experience any problems at the border, and average delays are only around 15 minutes. Still, it never hurts to be prepared, and there are a few things it can pay to be aware of before you arrive at the border crossing on your way home. Shopping One good reason to head south is to take advantage of generally cheape...