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Change Government Policies to Reduce Prices, Suggests U of T economist

Prices in Canada have outpaced those in the U.S. over the past decade across almost all categories of retail and wholesale goods, according to a comparative study of 600 products by Prof. Nicholas Li of the University of Toronto's Department of Economics. Writing for the C.D. Howe Institute in its Commentary No. 409, entitled “Sticker Shock: The Causes of the Canada-US Price Differential”, Li shows that the price gap largely tracks the exchan...

CBP advice on boat travel around the Michigan-Canada border

The summer boating season is getting underway, and the Detroit office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued reporting guidelines for boat owners planning to sail the waters between the US and Canada. The CBP aims to maintain American border security with minimal interference to cross-border traffic, and the Detroit office notes that Michigan's lengthy water border with Canada and large number of pleasure boat registrations make ...

Canadian Customs Broker: The Clearit.ca difference

Canadian Customs Broker A quick google search of "Canadian Customs Broker" brings up a plethora of information about customs brokerage. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of brokers, trying to draw in your business. So how do you separate us? pick out the good from the bad? Well, there are a number of way to do this: Is your Customs Broker asking for money up front? If your Customs Broker asks you for money up front... run. No legi...

Duty Free: Canada – E.U. Trade Pact

Duty free: Details surfacing on trade pact between Canada and E.U.   Today, The conservative federal government tabled a report in the house of commons detailing some of the negotiation between Canadian and European leaders, shedding some light as to what we can expect from this landmark trade agreement.   Elimination of duty   It is expected that up to 98% of duty on European goods will be removed day one the trade agreemen...

The Customs Broker Advantage

Do i need a Customs Broker? Here at Clearit.ca, we get a lot of clients asking us if hiring a customs broker is really necessary. Clearit.ca has many free, self serve tools to facilitate customs without the help of a broker such as an automated duty & tax calculator, HS code quick search, etc. So "why pay someone to do something i can do myself"?   Clearing goods through customs is beyond time consuming and can drive the layman crazy....