Your Broker Knows Blog

Golf Carts, Race Cars, Vehicle Parts and Other Non-Regulated Vehicle Imports
Jan Brock

With summer right around the corner, and many Canadians wanting to enjoy the great outdoors, we thought we would address common questions surrounding vehicles used for hobbies. Whether you are looking to purchase a golf cart, UTV, segway, e-bike, or work on your hobby car project by importing some vehicle parts, these are the regulations you will need to know and follow.

May 13, 2021
Canada’s Rules On Marking And Labeling Imports
Jan Brock

Marking and labeling requirements are largely unknown to many foreign exporters looking to import their products into Canada. We are often asked what requirements these companies must meet. However, this can be a tricky subject for Customs Brokers to cover as some labeling requirements fall outside of Customs Act legislation which is enforced by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), whereas marking requirements do.

May 12, 2021
CARM | 3 Tips To Delegating Your Account Management
Jan Brock

Next month, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) is scheduled to release phase 1 of the CARM Client Portal (CPP). In this blog we will discuss how you can assign your CCP to a third party along with a few tips on how to make the process smooth. Delegating your CARM account management is a fairly easy process, however due care should be paid when assigning such an important role.

April 29, 2021
CARM | Your Guide To The Client Portal
Jan Brock

With the CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) Release 1 just around the corner, we thought we would take this opportunity to share what we know about it so far. In this blog you will learn about the steps all Canadian importers must take to ensure they are ready for CARM Release 1 May 25, 2021, which includes setting up a CARM portal and delegating user roles.

April 22, 2021
When To Seek Outside Trade Counsel
Cherie Storms

From large to small corporations, at some point in their history, companies will decide if a situation warrants the intervention of outside counsel. Outside counsel can range from a second opinion from a trade advisor or the representation of an international trade lawyer. So what warrants the involvement of each? In this blog, we will discuss the various factors that come into play when making this decision and a few situations in which we recommend getting experienced help.

April 14, 2021
The Cost Of CBSA Examinations
Jan Brock

At some point in every importer's history they will undergo an Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) examination. Therefore, it’s important to understand the costs associated with one. Keep reading to learn about the examination process and how it affects your imports.

April 8, 2021
Everything You Need To Know To Import Your E-Bike Into Canada
Gloria Terhaar

Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or new to the hobby, if you are importing for the first time you may feel like you’re pedalling uphill with no resistance! Not to worry, here is everything you need to know if you want to import your power-assisted bicycle (e-bike) or electric scooter into Canada.

March 24, 2021
New Websites Launch
Stefanie Tokarchuk

With over 67 years of experience in international trade, PCB Customs Brokers is on a mission to help make the process easier. We have spent much time redesigning your online experience and are excited to announce the launch of our new sites: and

February 24, 2021
Free Video Series | Exporting Food To Canada
Jan Brock

PCB Customs Brokers has developed a series of short videos on the topic "How to Export Food to Canada"

February 18, 2021
CARM | What Are Importer Security Bonds And Why Do I Need One?
Jan Brock

Importers and customs brokers post security with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to obtain release of goods with deferred accounting and payment privileges.

February 11, 2021