Blog Posts

Changes to Canada’s trade remedy system

Canada’s trade remedy system provides a legal way to prevent unfair competition from foreign producers. Recent changes to this system affect regulations under both SIMA (the Special Import Measures Act) and CITT (the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act) and have implications for Canadian importers and exporters.
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GST Direct Payment for Importers - Reduce Your Burden

 
As a commercial importer, you know all about your obligations to pay GST on the goods you bring into the country.
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Do you receive shipments from China?

If so, we’d like to clear up a new – and potentially confusing – requirement.
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Maintaining Your Records

 
Compliance
 
Customs compliance is an essential part of every import business. Being compliant means being aware of – and abiding by – the laws and policies regulating imports and exports. Savvy importers adopt comprehensive company-wide compliance practices and keep on top of regulatory changes to adapt as necessary.
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Certificates of Origin

 
A certificate of origin is a legal document that certifies a product’s country of origin. Certificates of origin (COs) are needed to assess the correct duty and to qualify imported products for reduced duty under free trade agreements (FTAs).
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NAFTA Update - May 2018

 
Canada, the U.S. and Mexico – neighbours who trade more than $1 trillion per year among them – have been negotiating since August to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement.
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Importing Vehicles into the U.S.

 
Bringing a vehicle into the U.S. involves several steps and – most of the time – payment of duties and taxes (much like importing a vehicle into Canada, which was explained in a previous blog).
 
If the vehicle will stay in the U.S. for more than 365 days, if it’s a permanent move, or if the vehicle is imported for commercial use, the owner must import the vehicle immediately upon entering the U.S.
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General Average – Are you covered?

 
When you ship by sea, cargo insurance is a must. Even if your shipment seems indestructible… isn’t travelling far… or isn’t very valuable, insuring oceangoing goods is always recommended.
 
Without insurance, you could be on the hook for a significant charge if a General Average is declared.
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Compliance Verification Trends Issue #2 – April 2018

 
CBSA identifies specific industries and products as priorities for audits, and updates their verification priority list on an ongoing basis.
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EDI: Electronic Data Interchange

EDI (electronic data interchange) is the electronic exchange of business data in a standardized format between trading partners and 
with customs agencies. It replaces paper-based document exchanges of the past and offers the benefits of lower costs, increased transaction speed, improved accuracy, and smoother transactions.
 
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