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Major Canadian Trade Developments in 2016

Although it seems like 2017 is just around the corner, it’s important to keep in mind that there are a few months still left in 2016 and that so much can happen, in so little time. There are major trade developments that have and will influence Canadian businesses that import or export goods and services. Many of these are the results on discussions and negotiations that have been going on for years and may well be in the implementation and rat...

Status quo Not Beneficial for Canadian Online Shoppers

When it comes to online shopping, Canadians have become accustomed to paying extra duties and fees to receive the goods they ordered from American and international sellers and as Canadians, they're not being too fussy about it. Unaware of what lies behind the online shipping industry, Canadians leave between the hands of government agencies and private lobby groups, a matter that is of economic self-interest. There's a back-alley fight going ...

Canadian Tax Payers Footing Hefty Bill for Outdated Duty & Tax policy

As anyone who has ever ordered anything online from an American retailer knows, there are some risks when engaging in this adventure : extra duties! Canadian customs officers have the right to intercept and delay your shipment if it's over a $20 value and add on to it provincial and federal taxes and of course, extra duty charges. By the time you've received your order, it could double in price, making you ponder why you even bothered ordering o...

Understanding PARS and ACI : Crossing Borders Efficiently

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) offers the opportunity to importers, via their customs brokers, to submit shipment release information for approval through the Pre-arrival Review System (PARS). The process speeds up the release of the shipment or referral for examination at the moment the goods arrive at the border. But to ensure that this process is executed flawlessly, without too many headaches, all partners need to do their bits. Te...

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...