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Frustration over Potential Changes to Import Regulations

Proposed Changes to Calculating Duty

Changes Coming to how Imported Goods are Valued? Proposed Changes to Calculating the Value of your Imported Goods For Canadian import businesses, staying up-to-date with regulations is crucial to maintaining a smooth and compliant importing process.  Canada's government has proposed changes which could significantly impact the way businesses calculate the

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Protection against Counterfeit Goods Imports

Protection against Counterfeit Goods Imports How the CBSA can protect you from Counterfeit Good Imports Counterfeiting has become a significant problem for brands and businesses. Counterfeit products not only compromise the reputation of affected brands but also pose health and safety risks to consumers. There is also the the economic


Top Reasons for Delay with CFIA Regulated Goods

Top Reasons for Delays with CFIA Regulated Goods The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) govern the export and imports of food and agricultural products in Canada. They are responsible for ensuring exporters and importers meet the regulations that have been set on these types of goods.


How to Avoid Hidden Costs in Overseas Freight Shipping

How to Avoid Hidden Costs in Overseas Freight Shipping? There’s no doubt that shipping costs are one of the major costs buckets when considering product pricing. Experts estimates shipping costs to comprise upwards of 15% to 20% of the total net sales. Even if a business produces the goods locally


What Does a Customs Broker Do?

What Does a Customs Broker Do? Before deciding if you need a Customs Broker, it is important to understand what Orbit Brokers can do for you or your company. Orbit Brokers can help clients by providing solutions to any aspect of the supply chain while assisting importers in clearing goods


Importing Beef Into Canada from the US

Importing Beef Products into Canada from the US With BBQ season right around the corner, let's take a look at the documentation requirements to import beef products into Canada from the US. Keep in mind that these are general guidelines for commercial importations. Please contact our office for specific information.


What you Should Know: AMPS

What you Should Know: AMPS In 2017, the Auditor General of Canada criticized the Canada Border Service Agency’s Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) for being too low to encourage trade compliance. As a result, a number of penalties have increased as of April 1st, 2019. This is a good opportunity


What is a Steamship Release?

What is a Steamship Release? The Customs release of your shipment is only one of the many steps in the supply chain. Another important step to obtaining your goods shipped internationally by ocean freight is the steamship release. The steamship release occurs when the terms of the bill of lading


Why Are My Shipments Being Held for Customs Examination?

Why Your Goods Are Being Examined For most, importing into Canada is a seamless process. Whenever goods are brought across international borders, however, there’s always a possibility that they might be held for Customs examination before being released. The Customs Act, entitles the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to do


CBSA Compliance Audits Part 2

What To Expect from the NAFTA Negotiations CBSA Compliance Audits The second blog in this series deals with the customs audit process. The first step occurs when CBSA notifies importers in writing directly via mail. The letter informs the importer that an audit is being done and the product(s) that

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