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Transitioning to CUSMA: A Toolkit for Importers

In preparation for CUSMA (or USMCA/T-MEC), we’ve put out many resources to help Canadians trade professionals -- or all North Americans in general -- adapt their practices. While the shift away from NAFTA caused some anxiety in the industry, it’s a trade agreement that proves to have some clear advantages over the previous one.  For those just becoming aware of this agreement, CUSMA is a free trade agreement between Canada, the United Sta...

The Benefits of CUSMA for SMEs

Last month, CUSMA/USMA/T-MEC was officially enacted. This FTA can also be referred to as the “New NAFTA”.  (Read about it here: CUSMA/USMCA: Meet The New NAFTA and CUSMA: Rules Of Origin & Certifying Origin) In a survey conducted by DHL Express, International Trade Impact and Outlook, of over 2000 small and medium-sized companies, about 50% states that the pandemic made them more wary of global trade. Additionally and unfortunately...

Travelling Abroad: Duty on Alcohol and Tobacco into Canada

How much alcohol can I bring back to Canada? If you are a Canadian citizen and have been outside of the country for at least 48 hours, you are duty and tax exempt for the following amounts when bringing alcohol into Canada: 1.14 L (40 oz.) of liquor; or 1.5 L of wine (53 oz.); or 24 X 355 ml (12 oz.) containers of beer. How much tobacco can I bring back to Canada? If you are a Canadian citizen and have been outside of the country fo...

Canadian Exports and Imports: Cars, Oil, and Maple

Canada is a trading nation; our total trade is worth more than 66% of our GDP, the second highest in the G7 after Germany. We’re the 12th largest export economy in the world, and at just over 35 million people, that’s an accomplishment to be proud of! Understanding our import and export markets is key to understanding the Canadian economy. What does Canada import and what do we export? What does Canada Export? The bulk of Canadian export...

Ethical Importing: The Power of Sustainable Supply Chains

Supply chains around the world have evolved from simple procurement and payment relationships to tangled, complex webs. Over 820,000 Canadians are employed in supply-chain-related activities overseeing thousands of trade transactions at every step of the line. Managing supply chains is costly; supply chain costs are 79% of petroleum sales, 67% of vehicle sales, and aren’t much lower for anyone else. Adding additional costs and considerations...