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Importing from China for Your Business

Import businesses are challenging and rewarding endeavours. By catering to niche markets with direct-from-the-source goods, you can capitalize on previously untapped consumer dollars for your business. Successful import businesses across Canada specialize in anything from foreign foods and treats to luxury goods and everything in between. Whether you’re a supplier, a retailer, or someone just looking into their options, there are undoubtedly...

Successful Customs Process For Importing To Canada As Non-Resident Importer

Today’s borders are stricter than ever. Of course, as a double edged sword, while these regulations and tighter compliance margins can be problematic, they are also wholly necessary. As things continue to change, so too does the nature of importing goods and services into Canada -- thanks to the internet, for example, foreign companies can now sell their goods to Canadian consumers without actually setting up residence in Canada. In order to...

Shipping Long Routes Using Different Transport Methods: An Overview

Transporting goods from origin to destination point will often take on several forms, depending on the items being transported and the urgency at which they need to make their final goal. For shippers, this is the most important facet of their job -- trying to figure out which methods of transportation to use in order to save money, be as efficient as possible, and complete the journey in a timely manner. So, what methods are available to ship...

What is a Certificate of Origin?

A Certificate of Origin, or CO, is described by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce as a “document attesting that goods exported in a shipment have been wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country.” It is considered one of the most commonly certified documents within the chamber, seeing as millions of these documents are reviewed each year in order to make trade possible between countries. There are a number o...

Are you taking advantage of Canada’s free trade agreements?

Free trade agreements (FTAs) are made between nations that want to ease the flow of goods between countries by reducing fees and duties. Canada is regularly referred to as an open trade country. Canada has 12 active free trade agreements with the US, Mexico, Israel, South Korea and others, with 8 others currently in negotiations. As a Canadian business that imports and exports goods, you should be taking advantage of any available active agree...