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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...

The benefits of being a non-resident importer

A non-resident importer (NRI) is an individual that ships goods to Canada acting as an importer of record that is not located in Canada and is not a resident of Canada. Being an importer of record means that the individual is liable for customs clearance and compliance with regulations. In the advent of the internet, foreign companies now have the ability to market their products to Canadians without being established in Canada. Foreign s...

Our First Time Importers Guide for Small Business Owners

Navigating the complexities of international markets may seem like an overwhelming step to take to grow your business, but unlocking a larger market is worth the time and money—if done right. We’ve put together a quick guide for first time importers to help you get things rolling. Register your business as an importer The first step is to get your business licensing and registration in order. This will give you an official Busine...