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Ontario Exports Yet to Respond to Lower Canadian Dollar, Improved U.S. economy

The Canadian dollar has been hovering in the low 90-cent range versus its American counterpart since the beginning of the year, and the U.S. economy is coming off three years of slow-but-steady growth. These facts might be expected to boost Canadian manufacturing exports, around half of which come from Ontario, but they haven't done so yet. After growing by a paltry one percent last year, exports actually dropped by 1.4 percent in March, the late...

Exclaves Request Exemption From in-transit Requirements

Located on opposite sides of the continent, Point Roberts, in Washington state, and Campobello Island, New Brunswick, are each home to around a thousand people. But they have something in common aside from their small populations: neither is connected by land to the rest of its country. Campobello residents can take a bridge to Maine, and Point Roberts has a land border with British Columbia. Unsurprisingly, members of these communities find cus...

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...