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COVID-19 Vaccine & The Cold Chain
Chelsea Teal

In recent weeks we have learned of the transportation challenges the COVID-19 vaccine will present, with the temperature requirements being only one of them. With the sheer massiveness of the project, many are wondering if the cold-chain will be affected.

December 10, 2020
Importing Hot Chocolate Is About To Get Easier (YAY!)
Gloria Terhaar

As the weather drops and the sweaters come out, so do the warm and comforting beverages that are oh so tasty. If those beverages contain shelf stable milk products, they will get a little easier to import into Canada due to an announced change by the CFIA.

December 3, 2020
Container Exams | Frustrations And Solutions Continue
Jan Brock

These frustrations have become exacerbated by the pandemic where importers are also reporting both an increase in the number of exams they are seeing, as well as costs.

November 25, 2020
Shipping Gifts Into The US? Here Is What You Need To Know
Misty Gibbins

Each year around this time, consumers ship gifts to clients, friends and family. If these gifts are crossing into the US from a foreign country, there are a few things you should know.

November 18, 2020
3 Tips To Avoid Goods Entering Under A U.S. Customs General Order
Shawna Cranford

What many U.S. importers don’t know is that these goods can only remain at this warehouse for a maximum of 15 days, after which they will be removed and brought to a Customs General Order warehouse. This is a costly expense that can be avoided with these 3 tips.

November 12, 2020
South American Produce: How To Export To The U.S. And Canada In 5 Steps
Ralf Steinberg

If you are a small to a medium-sized grower in South America or Central America, you may be looking to the U.S. and Canadian markets to sell your goods. In this blog we will provide tips on how to get your fresh produce to these large markets in 5 steps.

November 4, 2020
Scary Classification: How T-Rex Costumes Can Deflate At The Border
Lisa Stevenson

So what are you paying for as a consumer for your Halloween supplies? In this blog, we will look at the difference in duty costs for popular Halloween necessities: costumes, treats, and decorations (oh my!)

October 27, 2020
What Is A FIRM Report And How Can It Help With Import Compliance
Cherie Storms

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) keeps track of each importer’s Customs Coding Report Form (B3) (aka your import declarations) by way of a Facility Information Retrieval Management System (FIRM, D-8). This report allows importers a complete view of all Canadian import activity under their business numbers.

October 19, 2020
U.S. Trade Act: Section 201 | The Escape Clause
Breanna Leininger

In the 1940s the U.S. started to incorporate the idea of an “escape clause” for U.S. industries as the government expanded our trade relations. Section 201 is a direct descendant of that notion and tactic.

October 6, 2020
Heading South For The Winter With Your Vehicle? Here’s The Updated Process
Breanna Leininger

With the closure of land borders to nonessential traffic, you can no longer drive down to your seasonal rentals or properties. Instead, you may fly there. So what is a traveler to do with their Canadian vehicle?

October 1, 2020