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CBSA: Tips for sending & receiving holiday mail

Over the Holiday Season, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will see a big increase in volume of parcels crossing the border. With most of these parcels destined as gifts for family and friends, the CBSA would like to give you a few tips when sending holiday mail.   Before sending a Package into Canada, please take note of the following: parcels must include declaration form indicating sender and recipient address as well a descript...

What to Expect: Secondary Inspections and Services

Secondary Inspections  The CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) is the first line of defense for anything and anyone entering the country. CBSA officers work tirelessly around the clock to ensure Canada's safety & security by managing and monitoring access to persons and goods. Whether arriving by land, sea or air, at any point during your interaction with a CBSA officer, you may be referred for secondary inspection. Not to worry though. B...

Personal Exemptions: What to expect Cross-Border Shopping

Everyone and their uncle have a different number when it comes to the value of goods you can bring back with you from the USA duty and tax free. Whether it's for a day, a weekend, or a month - We're setting the record straight on personal exemptions.   As a Canadian Citizen or Resident of Canada returning from abroad, duties and taxes are applicable on all purchases unless you qualify for a personal exemptions.  If you have been outside ...

Sufferance Warehouse: How it works

Sufferance Warehouse   The major role of the CBSA is to assess all goods entering Canada and ensure their legality. More often then not, this duty is carried out at one of many Canadian border points, however when this is not possible, it can be performed inland at a licensed warehouse.   How It Works: Sufferance warehouses are privately owned storage facilities which are licensed by the CBSA for short-term storage of imported goods not...

Duties and Taxes: How to pay for them

What are duties and Taxes & How do i pay for them?  To those who are not familiar, duties can be somewhat of a mystery and seem extremely arbitrary -but there is in fact good reason for them. Duty is put in place to protect Canadian industry and is established by the Canadian Department of finance. Duty rates may vary greatly from one product to another, depending on that products manufacturing in Canada.  If your imported goods are manufa...