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Quick Guide to Personal Exemptions

Traveling abroad and thinking about bringing back a few items with you? Make your re-retry into Canada a lot easier by following the simple steps noted below. They'll help you get through customs with much more ease at mind. Coming home from a day trip across the border? If your trip was less than 24 hours, there are no personal exemptions for cross-border shoppers. Returning after 24 and 48 hours If you're returning after 24 and 48 hours, y...

Booming Online Canadian Customers and How to Reach Them

More and more Canadian are flocking to online stores to buy the goods they desire. Canadians are massively looking towards merchants based outside of Canada because a majority believe that the prices are better and the variety of goods offered is much more interesting than what’s available back home. In 2015, 70% of purchases by Canadians were from merchants based outside the country. The phenomena can be explain by the fact that a vast majo...

Increase your U.S. sales by shipping from Canada

With the Canadian dollar averaging $0.75 USD over the past year, you could be tempted to jump on the situation and increase your business south of the border. By combining a well-planned shipping strategy with the current economics, Canadian businesses and online retailers are facing an opportunity that can’t be missed. Shipping from Canada is great leverage Canadian businesses have over their U.S. competitors. It allows them to take advanta...

Canada bends on TPP trademark infringement extension

In a recent opinion piece on the TPP written by former RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie and published in the Globe and Mail, Balsillie shares his views on how Canada failed to set its own IP policy and continuously caved in to foreign pressures, namely from the United States. “Canada’s prosperity strategies for the past 30 years were dominated by the production principle of comparative advantage and trade liberalization. Unfortunately, this approa...

Tricks and Tips To Maximize your Trade Benefits with NAFTA

Considering getting your NAFTA Certificates of Origins (NCO) updated? While setting up your review for your blanket certificates - here are some best practices you should consider: Tip 1: Be sure certificates are accurately completed Ensuring that at face value, the certificates have proper coding and are fully completed is one of the first thing companies reviewing NCOs for their North American vendors will do. It may seem like good sense but ...