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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...

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...