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Troubles in China Forcing Canadian Importers to Search for Alternatives

China's recent economic downturn has created changes around the globe. One such change is the apparent forcing of the company's hands. Many companies have been forced to look for new countries to import some goods. For the first time in recent memory, many companies are starting to go back to older good sources. Often, these sources haven't been used in decades. Canadian companies who have used Chinese imports are feeling the heat. Customers i...

Accessing the Highly Profitable Canadian Market as a U.S. Exporter

The U.S. has seen a sudden resurgence of consumer spending as of late. Business expenditures have seemed to rise along consumer spending as well. Due to the boost in the economy, many economists are happy to see a jump in export volumes. Many businesses have upped their export plans and began to expand their sales to Canada – the number one export market for U.S. companies. While sharing a common border, the U.S. and Canada have many commona...

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 ...