Blog Posts

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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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, the single window initiative 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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