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5 Tips for Lowering Your Shipping Costs

  Many entrepreneurs and business owners face a huge hurdle when unlocking a larger market. While expanding your business and offering worldwide shipping is a surefire way to drive sales, it’s often a challenge to get a handle on your shipping costs. Of course, you want them to be as low as possible, so that your product has the potential to go anywhere, without being a burden. It may or may not come as a surprise that shipping ...

What you need to know about CUFTA (Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement)

Canada is often referred to as an open trade country. Canada now has 13 active free trade agreements with the US, Mexico, Israel, South Korea and others, with 8 other agreements currently in negotiations.  It’s been about a month since the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) has been in effect (it was enacted on August 1st, 2017). What do you need to know?  In essence, this means that Canada has agreed to reduce a majority ...

How to determine your customs valuation

What is a customs valuation? Customs valuation is the identification of the value of the goods intended to be shipped. Of course, CSBA has a requirement that imported goods have a value listed, which in turn is the base amount on which you must calculate the fees-- like duty and taxes-- you will need to pay. It’s not uncommon that importers and business owners grapple a little bit with determining valuations. If you are having trouble...

Are you taking advantage of Canada’s free trade agreements?

Free trade agreements (FTAs) are made between nations that want to ease the flow of goods between countries by reducing fees and duties. Canada is regularly referred to as an open trade country. Canada has 12 active free trade agreements with the US, Mexico, Israel, South Korea and others, with 8 others currently in negotiations. As a Canadian business that imports and exports goods, you should be taking advantage of any available active agree...

Want to ship to an inland port? Here’s what you need to know

Shipping goods can be logistically arduous for a few reasons-- especially if you’re a small business and shipment processing isn’t your main focus. One key factor will be to determine whether the package’s destination will be to a marine or inland port. The bottom line is that there are cost considerations for both port options. If your business isn’t saving money in the port you choose, it may be time to reconsider your shipping l...