Sustainable Supply Chains are the New Black

Over the years, sustainable supply chains have become a vital and crucial element of social corporate responsibility. More and more, consumers will demand sustainable practices from businesses, and laws and regulations will be put in place to steer supply chains in a more sustainable direction. When talking about sustainability, consumers often

CARM: What to Expect in 2021

The CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) is a project that will modernize and streamline the process of importing commercial goods into Canada. For the next two years, CBSA will continue to develop and implement changes that will improve compliance and revenue collection, as well as contribute to securing the borders of

Important Message for All Importers on Surety Changes

Our surety partners have made a change which restricts access to release prior to payment, non-resident GST and license bonds issued under the Quick Write Bond Portal. This means that all bonds, of any value, will now be issued on the basis of underwriting information, including financial statements and a full bond application. This is effective

Everything You Need to Know About the 2022 Harmonized Classification System

What is the Harmonized Classification System? The Harmonized Classification System, or simply referred to as “HS,” is the international nomenclature for the classification of goods and products. This system allows countries to classify traded goods on a common basis for several customs purposes. The HS is used by more than 200

CARM for Importers

CBSA are developing the CARM project over the next 3 years. CARM is the acronym for CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management.   CARM will be the largest single overhaul of the Customs Commercial system by CBSA since the 70’s.  CBSA, working in conjunction with CRA, are developing this mandatory program. Why the Change? CBSA

IMPORTANT Reminder on Wood Packaging Material: Canada’s Draconian Rules for Non-Compliant Wood

Unwanted pests can kill our forests, and important regulations are in place to prevent insects sneaking into this country. However, the practical implications of some of the regulations are extreme. Remember, wood packaging materials, including skids, container blocking, bracing and dunnage, on import to Canada must be ISPM 15 compliant and all

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - Extension of Compliance Dates | Food and Drug Administration (FDA) des États-Unis - Reportation des dates limites de conformité

In the last few weeks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two proposed rules that would extend the compliance dates of multiple regulations. Nutrition Facts Label Final Rules On September 29, 2017, the FDA proposed to extend the compliance dates for the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts label final rule and the Serving Size

NAFTA UPDATE - Stephen Harper offers a gloomy take on the state of international trade, NAFTA

SOURCE - The Canadian Press WASHINGTON —Stephen Harper broke his public silence on current events by offering a gloomy assessment on the state of international trade, describing anti-trade sentiment in the U.S. as a long-term problem that predates the Trump administration, that lacks an easy fix, and could well result in the end of


In light of the renegotiating of NAFTA there are some questions regarding the validity of keeping a NAFTA on file.  Negotiations for changes begin in August however any and all changes to the present NAFTA will have to be agreed upon by all parties.  This agreement will include an effective date for any changes. NAFTA in its present

Auditor General Audit Recap on Customs Duties Management by CBSA, Global Affairs & Finance Canada

CBSA Mandate: The Canada Border Services Agency administers more than 90 acts, regulations, and international agreements for federal organizations, the provinces, and the territories. It is responsible for assessing the duties and taxes owed to the Government of Canada. The Agency has a competing mandate—it must ensure the security of the

CETA: Bill C-30 Status Update

« CETA is a reflection of the Canada of today and of tomorrow. It is an agreement that responds to what trade has become — addressing not only goods but also services, investments, human mobility and non-tariff barriers. The agreement also includes key labour and environmental protections, while protecting the ability of


IMPROVING MARKET ACCESS FOR THE WORLD’S LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES   Budget 2017 proposes changes to the rules of origin under Canada’s tariff regime for least developed countries (LDCs) in order for more apparel products imported from the world’s poorest countries to qualify for duty-free treatment