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Ten U.S. ports of entry, four preclearance facilities open for optimized TN & L-1 processing

Since September, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been offering more efficient “optimized processing” of applications for TN and L-1 status from Canadian citizens at ten designated ports of entry and four preclearance facilities in Canada. But while that’s likely to mean reduced delays at the border, it’s not entirely clear that this approach is actually the best option for those seeking to obtain TN or L-1 status. Canadian...

Mutual recognition arrangement for customs programs in the works with Israel

Canada and Israel will soon begin negotiations on a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) between the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)'s Partners in Protection (PIP) program and the Israel Tax Authority's Authorized Economic Operator program. The voluntary programs both aim to facilitate international trade while maintaining border security through certification of qualifying businesses which then become eligible for benefits such as stream...

You Can’t Take it With You – U.S. Marijuana, That Is

Canada has long been America’s second-favorite source of foreign marijuana (after Mexico), but Washington state’s legalization of non-medical sales of the drug has now created the potential for traffic in the other direction. In an effort to nip any such traffic in the bud, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is reminding would-be marijuana tourists that taking cannabis north isn’t any more legal than smuggling it south. CBSA Makes it...

Change Government Policies to Reduce Prices, Suggests U of T economist

Prices in Canada have outpaced those in the U.S. over the past decade across almost all categories of retail and wholesale goods, according to a comparative study of 600 products by Prof. Nicholas Li of the University of Toronto's Department of Economics. Writing for the C.D. Howe Institute in its Commentary No. 409, entitled “Sticker Shock: The Causes of the Canada-US Price Differential”, Li shows that the price gap largely tracks the exchan...

New U.S. Export Reporting Requirements For Used Vehicles

The U.S. Census Bureau, which is responsible for America's foreign trade regulations, has changed the rules for exporting used cars and other self-propelled vehicles to require use of the Automated Export System (AES) to file export information within the 72 hours prior to export. The previously existing requirements to submit the vehicle's title to Customs at least 72 hours before exportation and present the vehicle itself for inspection are sti...