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What are an Importer's Responsibilities in Canada?
Importers are responsible for correctly classifying and valuing the goods they bring into Canada so that the CBSA can properly assess duties, collect statistics, and determine whether all legal requirements are met. But there are many more responsibilities that importers need to know about.

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What E-Commerce In Canada Looks Like in 2018
Online shopping continues to gain momentum, with spending increasing year after year and US e-commerce expected to top $712B by 2022. The statistics are also looking promising for Canada, with growth continuing well into the future.

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An Introduction to the Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS)
The CBSA uses AMPS to issue monetary penalties to clients for violating the CBSA's trade and border legislation. The purpose of AMPS is to provide the CBSA with a means to deter non-compliance and create a level playing field for all Canadian businesses.

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What Importers Must Know About Reason to Believe
Reason to Believe occurs whenever an importer has specific information regarding the origin, tariff classification, value for duty, or diversion of imported goods that gives the CBSA reason to believe that a declaration is incorrect.

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Getting Ready for the Single Window Initiative – An Introduction
The Single Window Initiative is a CBSA initiative which seeks to modernize and align Canadian and U.S. import processing. Is your business ready?

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How your company can take advantage of CETA
CETA is the free trade agreement that was recently ratified between Canada and the EU. With the exception of a few agricultural goods, CETA will essentially eliminate the customs duties on all imports from a European Union (EU) country or other CETA beneficiary, either immediately upon implementation of the agreement, or through a tariff phase-out.

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What happens if the U.S. withdraws from NAFTA?
NAFTA renegotiations began in August of 2017, and recently Trade ministers from the United States, Mexico, and Canada agreed in October to extend talks into the first quarter of 2018. The talks had been scheduled to conclude this year, but the three sides remain far apart on key issues.

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5 Key Things You Need To Know About NAFTA Certificates for Canada
NAFTA is a formal trilateral agreement between Canada, the United States, and Mexico. In order to import a good into a NAFTA country and receive preferential treatment, you will need a NAFTA Certificate of Origin. However, this legal document can be difficult to fill out properly.

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How would you fare in a Customs Audit?
Suppose you were to get a notice from Customs that you are to be audited. Would you be ready? Many importers leave compliance to their broker, but this can be a recipe for penalties if they’re faced with an audit.

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Highlights of the 2017 Report of the of the Auditor General of Canada – Customs Duties
In the 2015-16 fiscal year, customs duties accounted for about $5.4 billion (1.8 percent) of all federal revenue. The Auditor General of Canada recently finished their independent audit of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and their related services for the period between January 2013 and May 2016.

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