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Booming Online Canadian Customers and How to Reach Them

More and more Canadian are flocking to online stores to buy the goods they desire. Canadians are massively looking towards merchants based outside of Canada because a majority believe that the prices are better and the variety of goods offered is much more interesting than what’s available back home. In 2015, 70% of purchases by Canadians were from merchants based outside the country. The phenomena can be explain by the fact that a vast majo...

Increase your U.S. sales by shipping from Canada

With the Canadian dollar averaging $0.75 USD over the past year, you could be tempted to jump on the situation and increase your business south of the border. By combining a well-planned shipping strategy with the current economics, Canadian businesses and online retailers are facing an opportunity that can’t be missed. Shipping from Canada is great leverage Canadian businesses have over their U.S. competitors. It allows them to take advanta...

Five Helpful Tips for Effective International Shipping

As your business expands outside of the continental US, international shipping becomes necessary for your customers to receive your product. What may seem like a simple system of send and delivery, invariably presents a few obstacles when doing business with other countries, cultures and ways of doing things. International shipping can be very tricky at times—everything from custom forms and regulations to the way an address is written and f...

Attract Canadian Customers with a Sound Shipping Strategy

    The Internet has changed the business landscape forever. There is no going back, and this is especially true for retailers who have ventured into e-commerce. A small retailer may turn into a global giant in a matter of months, thanks to the online business model. E-commerce business is easily scalable, and many companies find fast growth online. Just as many companies also struggle to flourish online. While the potential fo...

CBSA using Tariff Item 9948.00.00 to avoid “iPod tax” effect of GPT withdrawal

Under General Preferential Tariff (GPT) Withdrawal Order SOR/2013-161, goods imported to Canada from over 70 countries are set to lose their GPT benefits on January 1, 2015. This means that they will generally be subject to higher customs duties, and as the countries on the list include major consumer electronics manufacturers like China and South Korea the withdrawal has sometimes been known as the “iPod tax”. Put this way, the change was...