by Adam Gilbourne
Canada’s total trade is worth more than two thirds of its GDP, making it a prosperous trading nation. But like all ports around the world, Canada has strict rules and procedures that you must adhere to when importing commercial goods. Here we will outline the key aspects to consider when importing into Canada.
Before importing commercial goods into Canada, you will need a business number. It must be 15 digits and you can get one from the Canadian Revenue Agency by registering onlinehere. You need to show this number on your import account and customs declarations.
One of the most important parts of managing your Canadian imports smoothly is correctly completing the ‘full accounting package,’ which includes all of your paperwork. This package needs to have each of the following documents:
It is important to note that the Customs authority has the legal power to inspect the shipment if they want to. They won’t inspect every shipment but they do make random inspections based on your record, as a security measure to ensure that the goods are as they have been listed. They are also allowed to take samples of the goods, within reason, if they need to test the goods. Be prepared for this in case you are to undergo a random inspection.
There are two options for getting your goods released. The first is called the release on minimum documentation, which means you can get your shipment released on presentation of data for interim accounting. This is basically the full accounting package of paperwork discussed earlier. But if you are not a ‘carrier,’ which means you don’t transport international freight for a living, then you can apply using the ‘Hand Carrier Goods’ release process. This is a simpler way to get your goods released but needs to be at the port of entry to Canada.
Importing commercial goods into any country is a complicated process. If you’d prefer to have someone else take care of your paperwork, paying the correct duties and handling any unexpected issues that may arise, contact Easy Imex today.