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Canada at Risk of Tech Shut Out

In early May 2015, Jim Balsillie, co-founder of Research in Motion (now BlackBerry Ltd.), published an editorial in the Globe and Mail in which he said: “Canada’s terrible record of commercializing its ideas won’t change until we build proper infrastructure to help our entrepreneurs succeed on the global stage, where the real money is made.” Balsillie‘s main reproach was that policies required for the innovation economy in Canada are...

Agri-Food Manufacturers: Have Your Say on Tariff Elimination

As part of its action plan to support the Canadian agri-food manufacturing industry, the new Trudeau Government's first budget included clear intentions to eliminate duties on imports of certain food manufacturing ingredients, excluding supply managed products. Budget 2016 aims to make agri-food manufacturers more competitive on both the international market and domestically. For importers of food manufacturing ingredients, this represents an imp...

Understanding the Canada Customs Invoice

In order to import any shipment into Canada you'll need a Canada Customs Invoice (CCI) form. In order to avoid having your shipment delayed at the border, a properly filled form with correct and accurate information is your best tool.   Required Fields The CCI form is composed of various sections – some of which are absolutely required in order to obtain customs clearance. The below information needs to be declared at the time of rele...

Quick Guide to Personal Exemptions

Traveling abroad and thinking about bringing back a few items with you? Make your re-retry into Canada a lot easier by following the simple steps noted below. They'll help you get through customs with much more ease at mind. Coming home from a day trip across the border? If your trip was less than 24 hours, there are no personal exemptions for cross-border shoppers. Returning after 24 and 48 hours If you're returning after 24 and 48 hours, y...

Canada’s New Free Trade Era

Canada is preparing to enter a new era of unprecedented free trade involving countries from the Pacific-Asia region, the Americas and Europe. Stakeholders and various government departments are taking steps ahead of the implementation of the different agreements – those in the industry who haven't yet started analyzing how they'll be affected by the agreements should consider starting now. Steps Towards a New Trade Regime The Comprehensive Ec...