Can not find the goods you need for your business in Canada? Importing may be the answer!
Initially, the procedure may seem heavy given the amount of paperwork to fill and regulations to know. It's the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) that regulates everything, and it does not do anything with paperwork! But, here we have gathered some resources that will make your life easier.
Where can I find import information?
- The CBSA describes the import process in detail in its Step-by-Step Guide on Importing Commercial Goods into Canada .
- The Canada Business Network publishes a list of training programs on international trade .
- The Vubiz Small Business Certificate Program includes two modules on international business.
- The Importers Network site is an excellent source of up-to-date and reliable information on international trade. It will help you better understand the import process and get the most out of your relationship with your customs broker.
What is a customs broker?
The customs broker is a specialist in import regulations. Because of his knowledge of the process (supporting license), he often deals directly with the CBSA, prepares and transmits documents, and handles the payment of customs duties and taxes on behalf of importers. As a business owner, it is in your best interest to do business with a customs broker to deal with the CBSA on your behalf!
Are your imports worth less than $ 2,500?
Take advantage of the CBSA's Courier Service - Low Value Shipment (LVS) Program . It facilitates reporting, expedites release and simplifies the accounting of goods valued at C $ 2,500 or less imported into Canada through a courier company. Your mailings may be included in the Program when:
- goods are worth $ 2,500 CAD or less
- the shipping company is authorized by the CBSA to participate in the program
- the goods are neither prohibited nor regulated nor controlled (eg narcotics)
For more information on the importation of commercial goods into Canada, international partnerships, the classification of imported goods and other topics, consult the CBSA's video library .