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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...

Sufferance Warehouse: How it works

Sufferance Warehouse   The major role of the CBSA is to assess all goods entering Canada and ensure their legality. More often then not, this duty is carried out at one of many Canadian border points, however when this is not possible, it can be performed inland at a licensed warehouse.   How It Works: Sufferance warehouses are privately owned storage facilities which are licensed by the CBSA for short-term storage of imported goods not...

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...