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Canada Customs: General Preferential Tariff to end in 2014

Canada Customs: General Preferential Tariff (GPT), implemented in 1974, is set to expire in June 2014   Canada Customs: General Preferential Tariff, also known as GPT, is a designation which allows for about 80% of products coming from particular countries to qualify for reduced or duty-free status. The goal of of the designation was an attempt to increase economic development and trade with developing countries. Due to changes in designa...

Free trade: Canada & E.U.

Free trade: Canadian-European Trade pact close to completion- Great news for our euro importers and exporters!   Canadian and European negotiators are putting the final touches in  principal on a free trade agreement between the two nations. The pact will soon be sent to provincial legislatures for approval as Canada's Conservative government tries to fuel economic growth. The Harper government emphasized yesterday during the From the Thr...

Canadian Customs Brokers: APEC Business Travel Card Coming soon!

Canada Announces Plan to launch pilot project for the promotion and facilitation of Asia-Pacific economic cooperation: Great news for Importers!   The goal of the Pilot program, and the project in general, is to facilitate business travel to the Asia Pacific region by removing the need for individual visas or entry permits and allowing a free flow through the participating countries. Travelers to the region using their APEC card will also ...

Alcohol and Tobacco Limits: What to expect when Traveling Abroad

What are the alcohol and tobacco limits when travelling abroad?   When returning to Canada at any border point, restrictions apply to the amount of tobacco and alcohol you can bring back with you under your personal exemption. If you are a Canadian Citizen of legal age and have been outside of the country for at least 48 hours, you are duty and tax exempt for the following amounts:    Alcohol: 1.14 L (40 oz.) of liquor; or 1.5 ...

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...