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Canadian food safety standards get an update


Canada is already known for having one of the strongest food safety systems in the world. Soon, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will roll out new regulations that will raise the standard even higher – while also streamlining the regulatory system and aligning Canadian businesses with existing requirements in other countries.
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Country of Origin and Why It Matters

(hint: it may not be the U.S.) 

Country of origin is an important piece of information on all import documents. Even more so now, with increasingly more U.S. products being subject to duties in the ongoing “trade war” between our two countries. Incorrectly indicating the U.S. as the country of origin could mean you'll unnecessarily pay hundreds or thousands of dollars in duties and surtaxes.
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Fun with acronyms!

Most industries and workplaces – not to mention sports and pastimes – have their own jargon, which often includes a whole vocabulary of acronyms. The shipping and logistics industry is no exception. Even if you’re properly familiar with an industry, there are probably some that still give you pause – or seem downright foreign.
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Trucking Industry Update

In today’s world of fast-paced global trade, the work of the humble trucker is still very much in demand. And despite the proliferation of cargo ships, trains and jet planes taking our goods from A to B, trucks remain an essential part of the supply chain for many consumer goods.
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Shipping container inspections got you down?

Inspections at marine ports of entry can cause major headaches for importers. They are supposed to be quick and efficient… weed out the bad apples and let the rest get on with business, right? So why were your goods stalled for so long – at great expense to you?
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Importing wooden articles into Canada

If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you might remember an earlier entry on importing wood items into Canada. This one seemed to strike a chord, so we’re reposting some of the key information. If you’re one of many with lingering uncertainty about the requirements around importing wood items, read on.
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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

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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