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Importing a Vehicle from the U.S. into Canada

But what’s involved in importing, and how do you know for sure whether the car you’re considering will be allowed across the border? Will that “great deal” still be as good once you factor in all the duties, taxes and other fees to get it here?
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Duty relief: Don’t miss a chance to save

What is duty?
Duty is a tax paid to the customs authority of the country into which goods are being imported. The amount of duty is usually calculated based on the value of the goods – but can also vary depending on other factors such as quotas, timing, quantity and country of origin.
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SWI – the Single Window Initiative Update

The Single Window Initiative (SWI) is a federal government process for collecting information on imports into Canada. Rather than submitting information individually to different government agencies, as in the past, SWI allows importers to provide all required information on imported goods in a single submission to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA).
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Shipping your goods on time and on budget

Do you ever feel frustrated by glitches and blips during the shipment of your goods?
Are you wondering how you can ensure a smooth and successful transit every time?
Who doesn’t? Even though there are often many steps involved in getting your goods from A to B, paying attention to a few key areas can greatly increase your chances of success.
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What exactly does a freight forwarder do… and do I need one?

Importing and exporting are key activities for many businesses. But the process, paperwork, and regulations involved in international trade can be very complex – intimidating, even. Many successful international shippers avoid getting bogged down in these logistics by working with a freight forwarder.
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Classifying goods for trade – What’s the deal?

Proper tariff classification is the foundation of import and export trade compliance.
The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (usually shortened to Harmonized System, or just HS) is the internationally standardized system of classifying traded products. It is applied by over 180 countries and territories worldwide.
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Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership – update

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, the ambitious trade agreement that nearly happened, was to encompass 12 nations spanning four continents and 800 million people. But when U.S. President Trump pulled that country out of negotiations early last year, the 11 remaining members carried on, eventually forging the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which they formally agreed to this January.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection – Update on ACE, the Automated Commercial Environment

ACE is the Automated Commercial Environment – the single-window system through which the U.S. trade community reports import and export of goods. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) uses the data submitted through this system to determine the admissibility of goods into the U.S.
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The Value of a Good Customs Broker

Have you ever asked…

“What do I really pay for if I use a customs broker?”

“What do I need to know about partnering with a broker?”

Here are a few things to consider so you can make the right choice for your business.
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Customs audits and compliance

Customs verifications (a.k.a. audits) are serious matters, and their impact on a business can be significant. You never know if or when Customs will come calling, but you can conduct your business to be prepared to weather an audit with minimal disruption.
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