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Bank of Canada’s Interest Rate Cut Affects Importers

According to economists, the recent interest rate cut by the Bank of Canada may not benefit small- and medium-sized businesses as presumed. With the new rate cut, the Canadian dollar also dropped in value and now has the potential to harm a significant number of businesses. When the rate was cut by 25 basis points to 0.5 %, the loonie also dropped more than one cent. This is a six-year low and in American dollars translates to 77.40 cents. ...

Navigating Gross Versus Net Weight

Any businessperson or shop owner who moves product and cargo through shipping lines must have an understanding of gross weight and net weight. Operating your business without a firm grasp of what these terms mean could lead to a needless waste in spending. Consumers would also benefit from knowledge of these concepts, as some disingenuous companies deliberately hide a paltry amount of product behind the promise of a heavy gross weight. Tare Weig...

How Long Does It Take For Goods to Clear Customs

The customs release of a shipment can take anywhere from 20 minutes to several days depending on circumstances. Once your Customs Broker has completed your entry for customs and transmits the data, it takes about 20 minutes for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to receive it. Now that your entry has been received by the CBSA, it is now up to an officer to review the entry and either accept or reject the shipment – This step of course can...

Don’t Get Stuck at the Border when Shipping to Canada

Customs compliance can be confusing no matter which country you’re shipping to. Many businesses in the United States believe expanding and shipping to Canada will be a breeze. This is not always the case. Many manufacturers and importers have found the compliance process in Canada to be quite cumbersome. The key to navigating the compliance process and ensuring your products don’t get stuck at the border is hiring a qualified logistics pro...

Highway Carriers & the ACI eManifest Requirements

As with almost all government programs and policies, the ACI eManifest Regulations faced many false starts, delays and reschedules prior to being finally implemented. Yet, as of May 6, 2015 – these new regulations are fully in place. Each and every one of these regulations will impact all the highway carriers on the road. For Highway Carriers – What Does It Mean? Depending on how a highway carrier has been doing things, they will have to re...