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CUSMA/USMCA: Meet The New NAFTA

We’ll need to kick this overview off with an explanation regarding the name of this agreement. It’s referred to differently -- based on the country in question.  In Canada, the agreement is CUSMA: Canada-United States-Mexico-Agreement In the US, the agreement is USMCA: United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement In Mexico, the agreement is T-MEC: Tratado Mexico, Estados Unidos, Canada  Here is the CBSA Announcement - Customs Notice 20...

6 Imported Goods Actually Doing Really Well During the Pandemic

It’s been our mission to ensure that we’re on the ball when it comes to any and all news related to the Coronavirus pandemic, as it impacts the global market. Our duty as a customs broker and consulting agency is to make sure we’re providing importers with timely information that they can trust. You may have seen the quick interview we did with our founder & president, Adam Lewis. We chatted with him to get his perspective on the evo...

Your Importer’s Guide to HS Codes

The World Customs Organization (WCO) created HS codes to streamline naming conventions and categorizations of commercial goods. In short, it’s a number code that identifies the product itself and the category it falls into.  HS codes are used by customs providers for a slew of reasons, mainly identifying the applicable fees, duties, and tariffs. As well as ensuring that the commercial goods are not banned or restricted from being imported i...

What is The ACI eManifest Program?

Whether or not you’re directly involved in the shipping of your commercial goods, having an understanding of the processes and documentation required is critical. In the context of our blog post today, we’re talking about the eManifest -- which is a document that changes depending on the mode of shipment (i.e. ground, air, ship). You may also hear the eManifest being referred to as part of the Advance Commercial Information (ACI) program.  ...

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...