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Trade Protectionism in Canada: Anti-Dumping & Countervailing

Trade protectionism — the practice of deliberately limiting imports to encourage domestic industry — is alive and well in today’s world, even with a record number of free trade agreements in force. Protectionism in Canada isn’t that overt, but it does exist, and the government has a few legal tools to regulate trade if they determine it’s needed. In 1984, Canada’s Special Import Measures Act (SIMA) came into force. The Act provides...

Canada Customs Invoice: What you Need to Know

From the declarations you have to file to the invoices your supplier has to provide and beyond, getting the details right on all your required importing paperwork is crucial to success at the border. Your Canada Customs Invoice (CCI) is a crucial part of your imports — you’re going to need to get it right. Without a proper commercial invoice for importing, your goods will get delayed at the border. Don’t forget that Clearit is just a cli...

Import Numbers in Canada: Business Numbers and AES ITN

As customs brokers, Clearit receives requests every day to clear goods at every border point across Canada. When we work with a commercial importer, we need a Canadian Business Number (BN) — we sometimes need it when we’re working with a personal importer, too. Your import number in Canada will come from your BN. Depending on what you’re importing, we may need even more numbers from you — like your ITN number for the United States...

Bonded vs. Sufferance Warehouses: What’s the Difference?

When you import goods into Canada, it’s the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) job to ensure they’re legal and legitimate. This is usually carried out at the border as soon as your carrier arrives, but when immediate clearance isn’t possible, you can have your goods move to a licensed warehouse in the country instead. By storing your goods in either a bonded or sufferance warehouse, you can defer paying customs duty, excise taxes, and ...

Customs Clearance Canada: How Long Can Customs Take?

Any experienced importer will tell you that the customs clearance time wait can be the most frustrating part of the process. You could be vigilantly vetting your suppliers, keeping completely compliant, and making smart decisions about shipping and packaging… and then your goods reach customs and the wait begins. Predicting those customs release wait times is difficult and frustrating. A blind spot on your business is never good, but there...