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What Importers Need to Know on CUSMA and Textile & Apparel Goods

It has been over 6 months since CUSMA went into effect, with the primary function of renegotiating NAFTA and unifying the North American market into a single space for goods and services. The agreement has drawn a bit of critique from US manufacturers who believe they may be outbid by Mexican competitors -- especially in the domain of textile and apparel.  If you are interested in learning more about other areas of CUSMA, this article is part...

Import of Forced Labour Goods Banned By Canada: What Will Change?

Along with many changes to trade legislation that took place when CUSMA/USMCA/T-Mec was enacted in July 2020 -- Canada has also agreed to prohibit goods that were produced by forced labor. Canada joins the ranks of other nations taking a stand against forced labour: United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and many others!  In an article by Stephen Pike, Partner and trade expert at Gowling WLG, he covered the various impacts that this regula...

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...