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Are you taking advantage of Canada’s free trade agreements?

Free trade agreements (FTAs) are made between nations that want to ease the flow of goods between countries by reducing fees and duties. Canada is regularly referred to as an open trade country. Canada has 12 active free trade agreements with the US, Mexico, Israel, South Korea and others, with 8 others currently in negotiations. As a Canadian business that imports and exports goods, you should be taking advantage of any available active agree...

The benefits of being a non-resident importer

A non-resident importer (NRI) is an individual that ships goods to Canada acting as an importer of record that is not located in Canada and is not a resident of Canada. Being an importer of record means that the individual is liable for customs clearance and compliance with regulations. In the advent of the internet, foreign companies now have the ability to market their products to Canadians without being established in Canada. Foreign s...

Our First Time Importers Guide for Small Business Owners

Navigating the complexities of international markets may seem like an overwhelming step to take to grow your business, but unlocking a larger market is worth the time and money—if done right. We’ve put together a quick guide for first time importers to help you get things rolling. Register your business as an importer The first step is to get your business licensing and registration in order. This will give you an official Busine...

What You Need to Know About the New Ocean Carrier Alliances

What is an ocean alliance? Different ocean carriers ally strategically to form mutually beneficial agreements; airlines also organizes themselves in this way. The new ocean alliances refer to updates in these strategic partnerships. Typically, these alliances allow ocean carriers to share their fleet, and grow their shipping range. Chances are, if your business is thinking of shipping internationally, you will likely be shipping with ...

How To Clear Customs For Commercial Products In Canada

When having goods shipped to Canada, unless shipped by courier, you will require the services of a Customs broker. While it is not mandatory to use a Customs Broker to transact with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), it is highly recommended to do so as even the smallest of errors can lead to heavy penalties. For a small fee, a Customs Broker will ensure that your commercial goods are entering the country legally, are properly documented a...