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Biden, CUSMA, COVID: What 2021 Looks Like for US-Canada Trade

2019 and 2020 have undoubtedly been quite challenging for trade professionals in North America. With new imposed tariffs, renegotiations of NAFTA, a pandemic, and the US election, 2020 proved to be one of the rockiest years yet in the last decade. With that, it’s likely that across both countries, the trade sector is ready to take advantage of smoother seas ahead for 2021.  Recommended reading:  Trade Compliance: 5 New Orders & Regulati...

Trade Compliance: 5 New Orders & Regulations for CUSMA

In continuing our series about CUSMA/USMCA/T-MEC, we’re taking a closer look at the orders and regulations published through the Canadian Government in the Canada Gazette at the end of July.  It’s been a little over a month since CUSMA’s official enactment, for which we’ve been covering various elements that those in the logistics/supply chain space need to be apprised of. For example, here are the pieces we’ve put out on the topic:...

Transitioning to CUSMA: A Toolkit for Importers

In preparation for CUSMA (or USMCA/T-MEC), we’ve put out many resources to help Canadians trade professionals -- or all North Americans in general -- adapt their practices. While the shift away from NAFTA caused some anxiety in the industry, it’s a trade agreement that proves to have some clear advantages over the previous one.  For those just becoming aware of this agreement, CUSMA is a free trade agreement between Canada, the United Sta...

The Benefits of CUSMA for SMEs

Last month, CUSMA/USMA/T-MEC was officially enacted. This FTA can also be referred to as the “New NAFTA”.  (Read about it here: CUSMA/USMCA: Meet The New NAFTA and CUSMA: Rules Of Origin & Certifying Origin) In a survey conducted by DHL Express, International Trade Impact and Outlook, of over 2000 small and medium-sized companies, about 50% states that the pandemic made them more wary of global trade. Additionally and unfortunately...

Canada’s Expedited Approvals For Health & Medical Goods: An Overview

Health Canada was quick to act and streamline the movement of protective equipment, sanitizer products, medical devices, and other health-related goods, in the advent of the pandemic. They did this by leaning-out the regulatory requirements for the manufacturing and importing of these goods. Of course, Canada moved on this very promptly, citing an urgent need for these goods to combat the impacts of COVID-19 in the country.  In a piece publis...