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Setting up an Import Business: What do I Import?

The world is smaller today than ever before. We wake up and drink coffee from Colombia, eat oranges from Florida, drive to work in cars from Korea, spend the day talking to colleagues in England, India, and Hong Kong and go home to stream television from all over the world. Everyone is connected, everything comes from somewhere else, and someone has to feed the demand. What if that someone is you? Getting involved in importing isn’t alway...

Hand-Carried Goods: PARS and RMD

How do you import your goods? Does your supplier send them along on containers as ocean freight? Do they cross the border in a truck, destined for a customs warehouse? Do you take them over the border yourself? The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) classifies any commercial goods for resale that the importers themselves bring back as Hand-Carried Goods. This is in contrast to using a commercial carrier to import your goods, and it comes ...

Cargo Insurance: Safe and Secure Importing

Last week, we talked to you about shipping during peak season and how to get your imports to port on time, even with the increased demand. This week, we’re going to talk about what happens when your imports don’t make it to port just right. While not a reality anyone likes having to deal with, lost cargo is a fact of international trade. It’s hard to get a good grasp on the real number — cargo shipping companies and insurance brokers h...

Peak Season Shipping: Beat the Rate Hikes

There is a peak season for everything. Peak travel seasons, peak shopping seasons… and peak shipping seasons! Import businesses and goods are lucrative ventures for resident and non-resident importers alike, but those profits can fly out the window if you’re not careful. Peak season rates jump exponentially because of the increased demand. Your cargo may even be subject to rolling — more on that later — so paying expedited fees can ...

B3 Forms: What They Are and Why You Need Them

Happy 2019, readers! Welcome back for another year of importing tips to make your lives easier — we hope everyone had a relaxing bit of time off. That said, since we’re all still somewhat feeling the last lingering effects of the holiday hangover, let’s ease ourselves back in with a single form — to be exact, the standard accounting form importers must submit to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for importing commercial goods: the B...