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3 Big Mistakes That First-Time Food Importers Make

There are quite literally thousands of food products and beverages that enter into Canada -- every single day. And the industry is growing, with almost double the amount of products being imported almost doubling between 2006 and 2016.  From that, we know that there are plenty of business opportunities for first-time importers and seasoned pros alike. The industry is tricky for a few reasons (that we’ll get into), but one of the things to n...

How Does Importing Clothing Into Canada Work?

Importing clothing items into Canada? It probably does not come as a surprise that clothing items are actually one of the most commonly imported items into the nation.  However, a key thing to consider here that the duty rates average out at 17.5%. In addition to this, it’s typically one of the most legislated import types -- as demonstrated by Annex 300-B of NAFTA, where a litany of stipulations are outlined.  Another interesting consi...

How do I become an NRI in Canada?

Looking for potential customers for your business? Look no further; Canada is a huge market comprising of 37.5 million people. In consumer businesses, getting eyes on your products is one of the best ways of gaining brand awareness, and ultimately, sales.  “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” James Cash Penney In essence, expanding your business onto Canadian soil will drive profitability. Tha...

What Are Import Controls?

Surprise, surprise! Importing in Canada is a regulated process. Oh, no one is surprised? Right.  The process of bringing commercial goods over can be an overwhelming task; there’s (seemingly) mountains of paperwork to sift through and a wide number of rules and regulations to consider -- depending on the type of imported goods. That’s why we talk a lot about the “regulatory framework” with various levels of abstraction on this blog...

How Much Can You Expect to Pay in Customs Duties?

It goes without saying: balancing the books is one of the key pillars of keeping your importing business afloat. The unfortunate aspect here is that, as an importer, you are at the whim of changes in regulations (which CBSA reserves the right to enforce with little notice).  Elements of your shipment of goods like: the classification, the country of origin, the documentation -- or lack thereof, will all have a significant impact on what comes o...