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What CBSA Will Do to Streamline Canadian Trade in 2021

Last month, a press release by the government of Canada was released, outlining the steps that the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) will be taking to protect Canadian trade this year.  Without a doubt, 2020 was a rocky year for Canadian business, so CBSA making a clear public statement that they are hard at work to protect importers and exporters is very welcome. The release was published on International Customs Day (January 26), which...

A Refresher On HS Codes

As an importer, it is ideal that you accustom yourself to the Harmonized System (HS), so you can classify your commercial goods with ease. The Harmonized System is a system of codes that pertain to names and numbers that are commonly referred to in international trade. Canada has abided by this coding system, virtually since its inception - in the same ranks as 199 other countries and 98% of world trade.  HS codes are defined by CBSA as follo...

What Importers Need to Know on CUSMA and Textile & Apparel Goods

It has been over 6 months since CUSMA went into effect, with the primary function of renegotiating NAFTA and unifying the North American market into a single space for goods and services. The agreement has drawn a bit of critique from US manufacturers who believe they may be outbid by Mexican competitors -- especially in the domain of textile and apparel.  If you are interested in learning more about other areas of CUSMA, this article is part...

What Importers Need to Know About Shipping from China to Canada

Importers of all sizes have long since relied on importing from China, mainly due to lower manufacturing costs. Working with China is a cost-effective avenue for importers -- and knowing this, China has also made an effort to produce products that are attractive to a Canadian market.  Whether you work with China to produce a unique item, or to resell goods they already have available, it is a viable business model for the foreseeable future. ...

Biden, CUSMA, COVID: What 2021 Looks Like for US-Canada Trade

2019 and 2020 have undoubtedly been quite challenging for trade professionals in North America. With new imposed tariffs, renegotiations of NAFTA, a pandemic, and the US election, 2020 proved to be one of the rockiest years yet in the last decade. With that, it’s likely that across both countries, the trade sector is ready to take advantage of smoother seas ahead for 2021.  Recommended reading:  Trade Compliance: 5 New Orders & Regulati...