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On August 1st, 2017 the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement went into effect. The agreement, which was signed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his first official visit to Ukraine in July 2017, provides reduced or eliminated duties on goods moved through an import brokerage in Canada from Ukraine. It took six years of negotiations between Canada and Ukraine before the final text was approved, detailing which goods would qualify for the reduced and eliminated duties, how long...

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After six rounds of negotiations over six years, Canada and Ukraine entered into a Free Trade Agreement that drastically alters how Canadian importers can bring goods into the country. Argo Customs helps explain what this new agreement means for importers.A Time Line of this Historic EventThe Ukraine Free Trade Agreement for Canadian Importers was first drafted in 2010, but it took several rounds of negotiations before the text was approved in 2015. A year later in July of 2016, Prime...

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SIMA (Special Import Measures Act) duties are
now in place on a range of goods being imported into Canada. These duties must
be paid by those completing the importing process on the arrival of their goods
into the country. But oftentimes importers don’t have a clear understanding on
all the rules and regulations governing the importing process. Our team at ARGO
Business Corporation are experts in helping clients importing goods subject to
SIMA duties and in this post we’ll look more...

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Bringing food products into Canada from another country can be a challenging process. This is particularly true for growing companies that might be new to the food production and food import industry. There are multiple regulations to consider and standards by which to abide in order to safeguard a position as a Canadian importer of food. And working with our import brokers, companies in Canada can now ensure they’re in compliance with the latest regulations. In this post, we’ll explore the...

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Canada and the European Union have finally agreed: 98 per cent of the deal will come into effect on the Sept. 21. 

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The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) issued Customs Notice 17-12 which is the long-awaited guidance bulletin on the use of G and I indicators on F-Type Form B3s, Canada Customs Coding Form. Customs Notice 17-12 clarifies the information and expectations the CBSA expects for brokers who file Form B-3s on behalf of importers who have requested either GST Director Payment or Importer Direct Security Option Letters.You can view all recent CBSA Customs Notices here. If you have questions...

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Export Alert: Effective June 1, 2017, fresh cherries grown and harvested in Ontario are banned from moving into or transiting through the United States and British Columbia while the other Provinces restrict the movement of cherries unless they are certified free from the European Cherry Fruit Fly (Rhagoletis cerasi). Our team at ARGO Custom Brokers highlights this Canadian export change.What is the European Cherry Fruit FlyThe European Cherry Fruit Fly is one of the most devastating insect...

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Importing goods into Canada has never been easier; easier being a relative term. The import process is broken into six steps: (1) preparing to import, (2) classifying the goods, (3) duties and taxes, (4) shipping, examining, and reporting, (5) getting good released, and (6) steps to take once the goods are released. These steps are complicated, each composed of a series of tasks that you must accomplish.To get your goods imported, it is helpful to rely on import experts, such as ARGO Customs....

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Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is a federal Canadian Agency that is responsible for border, customs, and immigration enforcement. Among those duties is regulating and enforcing the importation of goods into Canada. As part of that ongoing process, the CBSA is updating its monthly payment processes system to enhance accuracy. It allows importers and brokers to more easily reconcile their import accounts thus allowing companies to import into Canada easily. The CBSA is transitioning to a...

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Canada’s customs tariff is based on the Word Custom’s Organization’s Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS). The customs tariff is the import duty that all companies who want to import goods into Canada must pay. The amount of the customs tariff is determined by the HS code.ARGO Customs can assist your company by reviewing your import schedules and ascertaining which HS codes (and corresponding rates) apply to your goods. ARGO Customs now offers a live chat feature. Visit...

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