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How To Clear Customs For Commercial Products In Canada

When having goods shipped to Canada, unless shipped by courier, you will require the services of a Customs broker. While it is not mandatory to use a Customs Broker to transact with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), it is highly recommended to do so as even the smallest of errors can lead to heavy penalties. For a small fee, a Customs Broker will ensure that your commercial goods are entering the country legally, are properly documented a...

How Does Canadian Customs Work?

Each and every commercial item crossing the border into Canada must be declared, accounted for, and if applicable, have duty and taxes paid in full. In order to identify a product or commodity and establish its duty rate, the Canada Border Services Agency uses the HS (Harmonized System) code identifier administered by the Brussels-based World Customs Organization. This HS code system is comprised of over 5,000 commodity groups in 100 chapters....

Managing The Customs ACI eManifest Changes

Recently the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) released a notice sent from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) listing all eManifest requirements. As the changes announced are aimed at carriers, most importers are only affected by the changes in information needed from the carrier when submitting CBSA and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) information for release through a customs broker. These changes revolve around increase...

Import a Car: A Beginners Guide

Finding the right car Most of us have a good idea of the brand, make or model car we would like to buy, but if you are on a budget, it helps to know the following: You will always get more money trading in your old vehicle in Canada. DO NOT trade your vehicle to a dealer in the US There is 0% duty on cars manufactured in the North America Cars made in north america have VIN numbers starting with 1,2,3,4 or 5   Before Purchasing ...

Crossing the border with cash $10,000+

Hit it big at the poker tables out of town? This post is for you. Here's what to expect crossing the border with cash.   One major problem facing Canada and the rest of the world today is money laundering and terrorist financing. Since 9/11, Canada has introduced even stricter measures to counter the insurgency of this practice; including the Proceeds of crime and terrorist financing act.  This piece of legislation does not restrict the...