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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...

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...

Opportunities for Alberta due to Free Trade Zones

Recent changes have given the opportunity to Alberta manufacturers and retailers. Two new free trade zones (FTZ) have been designated for factories and distribution centers, allowing improvements in cash flow. By avoiding taxes in a few different ways, Edmonton and Calgary manufacturers will be able to improve cash flow. The changes will allow manufacturers to put off paying any taxes on imported inputs before the manufacturing process has starte...

How Do I Value My Imported Goods

When importing into Canada, many importers find it difficult to determine how to declare the value of any goods that they are bringing into the country. This is largely due to the many different regulations and rules that have to be taken into account when you are determining value. Compliance is one of the three factors that can be looked at in a Canada Border Services Agency audit, although it is one of the least considered. Due to the intricac...

CBSA using Tariff Item 9948.00.00 to avoid “iPod tax” effect of GPT withdrawal

Under General Preferential Tariff (GPT) Withdrawal Order SOR/2013-161, goods imported to Canada from over 70 countries are set to lose their GPT benefits on January 1, 2015. This means that they will generally be subject to higher customs duties, and as the countries on the list include major consumer electronics manufacturers like China and South Korea the withdrawal has sometimes been known as the “iPod tax”. Put this way, the change was...