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Stronger Trading Ties with Mexico a MUST for Canada

Canada's largest trading partner is the U.S. However, Canada must focus on expanding trade with other nations to ensure continued prosperity. Over sixty percent of Canada's GDP is linked to exports. One in five jobs in Canada is linked to exports; Canada is a nation that needs to trade. What is NAFTA? These staggering statistics are due to one factor – the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA is a free trade deal between Can...

Import a Car: A Beginners Guide

Finding the right car Most of us have a good idea of the brand, make or model car we would like to buy, but if you are on a budget, it helps to know the following: You will always get more money trading in your old vehicle in Canada. DO NOT trade your vehicle to a dealer in the US There is 0% duty on cars manufactured in the North America Cars made in north america have VIN numbers starting with 1,2,3,4 or 5   Before Purchasing ...

General Preferential Tariff to expire Jan. 1st, 2015

72 trade-competitive countries will loose their eligibility for General Preferential Tariff, or GPT, come January 1st, 2015. Of these 72 countries, 20 of them have preferred tariff through other trade agreements. All goods originating from these 72 countries will be affected.   Countries loosing GPT status Algeria American Samoa Antigua & Barbuda Antilles, Netherlands Argentina Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Barbados ...

CBSA using Tariff Item 9948.00.00 to avoid “iPod tax” effect of GPT withdrawal

Under General Preferential Tariff (GPT) Withdrawal Order SOR/2013-161, goods imported to Canada from over 70 countries are set to lose their GPT benefits on January 1, 2015. This means that they will generally be subject to higher customs duties, and as the countries on the list include major consumer electronics manufacturers like China and South Korea the withdrawal has sometimes been known as the “iPod tax”. Put this way, the change was...

Temporary resident permits offer a way into Canada for Americans with criminal records

For most U.S. citizens and permanent residents, Canada is the easiest foreign country to travel to. But that changes drastically for people who meet one of Canada’s criteria for inadmissibility. Those include involvement in espionage, terrorism or human rights violations, as well as having a medical condition likely to endanger public health. Although that last category may become more important if the current Ebola crisis continues to worsen, ...