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The Difference Between Labeling & Marking for Imported Goods

If you’re a Canadian importer of commercial goods, you need to familiarize yourself with The Canadian Consumer Packaging and Labeling Act. The Canada Border Services Agency is the government department that is responsible for the inspection of your goods.  CBSA requires that the Country of Origin is clearly stated on the goods, such as “Made in X”. It is important to note that goods can’t be released and are subject to a full seizure ...

5 Tips for Choosing The Right Customs Broker

In a world where the options for customs brokers are seemingly endless online, choosing the right one for your business needs has never been more complicated. You need a customs broker that is poised and ready to guide you through the shipping process, without hiccups.  Finding a customs broker that fits the bill may take a bit of research. Unfortunately, the consequences of choosing wrong can be costly and waste time, so it’s crucial that ...

Canadian Customs Forms 101

At Clearit, we get a lot of requests about Canadian customs forms. Our clients often turn to us for help with understanding the ins and outs of the documentation process involved in importing and exporting. All too often, clients ask for help with a Canadian customs form, and our representatives respond with “which one?”.  There are actually quite a few Canadian customs forms! Not to worry, our representatives are experts at assessing our...

The Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act

When importing items into Canada, it’s usually required that they’re marked and labelled properly. Many of our clients ask “How do I do this?” and “What’s the difference, anyway?”. It can be pretty important to know the answers to those questions. To help you avoid penalties and wasted time at the border, we’ve put together an introductory guide to the labelling requirements of Canada. Marking: You might have already heard that ...

Trade Protectionism in Canada: Anti-Dumping & Countervailing

Trade protectionism — the practice of deliberately limiting imports to encourage domestic industry — is alive and well in today’s world, even with a record number of free trade agreements in force. Protectionism in Canada isn’t that overt, but it does exist, and the government has a few legal tools to regulate trade if they determine it’s needed. In 1984, Canada’s Special Import Measures Act (SIMA) came into force. The Act provides...