The removal of U.S. safeguard tariffs on Canadian solar products on July 7th, 2022

On July 7, 2022 The agreement reached with the United States to remove the U.S. safeguard tariffs on solar products from Canada. This agreement follows Canada’s victory at a CUSMA dispute panel earlier this year, which found that the United States’ tariffs were in violation of CUSMA.”

“This agreement will bring stability and predictability to our renewable energy sector and strengthen North American competitiveness. It is a clear recognition of Canada’s place as a leader in the fight against climate change, and that Canadian producers of solar technology will continue to supply global markets at an increasing rate. This agreement is only possible due to the strong dispute settlement mechanism that Canada successfully negotiated and protected within CUSMA. It reaffirms the importance of upholding rules based trade both here in North America, and around the world.”

Quick facts:

  • – Since the imposition of the U.S. safeguard tariffs in early 2018, exports of solar products from Canada to the United States have declined by as much as 82%.
  • – Canada held consultations with the United States under chapter 31 of CUSMA on January 28, 2021, and Canada requested a dispute settlement panel on June 18, 2021. The panel’s final report was issued to the parties on February 1, 2022.
  • – Public versions of all of Canada’s submissions in this dispute are available on the Trade Agreements Secretariat electronic filing system. Please note that registration is required to access the system.

Rules and Regulations for Importing Computers and Electronics from China to Canada

China is one of the biggest suppliers of computers and electronics worldwide. Even though all the instructions for importing computers and electronics from China to Canada can be found online, considering that you are located halfway across the world, it can be challenging to do so for a number of reasons. To facilitate your search, here is a step-by-step guide:

1- Preparing for Import

Before importing computers and electronics from China to Canada as a business, you will need to obtain a Business Number (BN) to open an import RM account. The BN is issued by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Click here to get a BN or contact the CRA Business Window at 1-800-959-5525. When you are importing it as an individual, and not as a business, there is no need to have a BN and ARGO Customs Brokers will assist you.

Now that you have the BN RM import number, we can assist you to determine the HS Tariff classification codes and inform you about Other Government Departments (OGD) regulations.

Most electronics items are duty free, but you have to pay Customs TAX (GST for businesses) and HST for individuals. For commercial/business importations, GST is 5% of the dollar value of the goods for all provinces. For personal importation, HST is related to the province (for example for Ontario, it is 13%).

We need a copy of the commercial invoice from your vendor in China with full description and brand name. Last but not least, ensure that the electronic gadgets you are importing are permitted in Canada. Please consult the Memoranda Series D9, Prohibited Importation and Government Departments and Agencies Reference List for Importers.

2- Classifying the Goods

Once you are sure about the type of products you are importing, we will determine a correct tariff classification number (HS code), as it is used to determine the payments (duty, when applicable and TAX) at the time of import. China uses the Harmonised System (HS) to classify the products. The HS number is a 10-digit code that is used to identify the product. The first six digits are universal, whereas the last four are unique to Canada. When you have the first six digits, ARGO Customs Brokers can assist you to find the last four.

3- Determining Taxes and Duties

On our website we present a very useful tool for you to check the HS Tariff codes, find them as per CBSA Tariffs, and check the duty and TAX on your own.

Visit to access the tool.

Our customs brokerage fees can also be seen and estimated using the calculator’s link.

Visit to access the Canadian Tax and Duty Calculator.

4- Shipping and Reporting of Computers and Electronics

ARGO Customs Brokers conduct clearances at ALL Canadian ports and via any mode of transportation. So, whichever port your electronics arrive at, we’ll assist with the Customs clearances.

On the other hand, in case you are handling the goods yourself, consult with the Hand-Carried Goods Release Process (HCG).

5- Getting Computers and Electronics Released

As fully licensed customs brokers, we submit entries electronically via the SWI IID system. It is a fast and efficient way to make a declaration.

When you are doing the clearance by yourself (on paper), you’ll need:
● two copies of Form CI1, Canada Customs Invoice
● two copies of Form A8A-B, Cargo Control Document
● a copy of all importation documents, licences, certificates, and permits (where required)

On the flip side, if you want the import items like laptops, desktops, cameras, computers, and other electronics to be released before paying the taxes, you will have to fill out an application. You will be required to submit an approved amount as a security deposit to the CBSA.

Note: The CARM Client Portal, is a self-service tool that will facilitate accounting and revenue management processes with the CBSA, will be available to importers, brokers, and trade consultants in the near future. When it is fully implemented, the release process for individuals and businesses who wish to self-declare will be made easier.

After you have succeeded in importing computers and electronics from China to Canada, it is your job to ensure that any accounting errors are cleared and that you keep copies of the import documents safe for the next six years. If any errors were made, you will have an option to submit a B2 correction form.

The Verdict

There are some certain rules and regulations that you must follow when importing computers and electronics from China to Canada. If the above-mentioned process is not found to be easy for a new importer or individual, you can minimise the work by hiring ARGO Customs Brokers. For more information or questions, reach out to ARGO Customs Brokers. All inquiries are welcome.

Feel free to email, or contact us via our messaging option at

Importing e-bikes (power assisted bicycles)

On February 4, 2021, Transport Canada repealed the previous definition of a power-assisted bicycle. Instead, Transport Canada will assess the design and speed of the e-bicycles in order to determine if it is regulated under the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations.

Transport Canada will regulate your e-bike if it:

● E-bicycles with off-road characteristics designed to operate at speeds greater than 32 km/h (power assisted).
● Is equipped with features that resemble on-road motorcycles or vehicles.
● For E-bikes equipped with speed limiters, Transport Canada will first assess the e-bike based upon the untethered speed capacity to determine if the e-bike is regulated.

E-Bikes are also regulated at Provincial and Territory levels, so it is good practice to check with your local government for regulations prior to importing or purchasing an e-bike.

Importing e-bikes

Please note that electric scooters (no pedals) follow the same guidelines. It’s important to know that not all e-bikes are admissible into Canada, so for further clarification, please visit the Government of Canada’s FAQ page or the Motor Vehicle Act Motor Assisted Cycle Regulation for full details.

Thank you for trusting ARGO Customs Brokers. We appreciate your business and continued loyalty.

If you have more questions or need consultation about importing E-bikes from China or any other countries to Canada, please contact us and one of our customs brokers provide you with more information on E-bikes regulations.

Bringing Animals to Canada: Importing and Travelling with Pets

If you are travelling with a pet or planning to import an animal to Canada, you will need the correct paperwork at the border to meet Canada’s importation requirements.

Depending on the country of export and the type and age of the pet, requirements can vary.

Bringing animals to Canada: Importing and travelling with pets

The best way to understand the requirements is to go to the CFIA website and answer the questions online. In return, you will be provided with a list of required paperwork as well as information about legal and transportation policies. This list can be printed to have on hand at the port of entry, along with all of the pet’s usual documents.

When you travel with your pet, you must present all documents at the border in person.

Note that, when using Air Animal services, please follow their requirements regarding cage sizes and acceptable weights.

Typically, when using Air Cargo services, you will be asked to provide the name of the Customs Broker to include on the Air WayBill (AWB).

Actually, you can do the clearance by yourself and won’t need a broker, which will save some money.
Airlines, however, prefer to work with Customs Brokers to make sure that animals will neither be delayed at the border nor have any other problems.

Live animal brokers cannot declare electronically via the EDI system, so when you hire a broker, it means that they have to present at the Customs office in person.

Flights can arrive at any time of day or night, so sometimes you may need a broker’s assistance after hours to release animals immediately and this service can be costly.

ARGO Customs Brokers offers money-saving tips as well as consultation regarding how to complete the necessary steps by yourself.

Over the last two years, we consulted with many individuals who wanted to import their pets. These pets played crucial roles regarding stress reduction for their owners during the pandemic.

We are proud that our detailed and professional information helped many to do everything by themselves which resulted in successful pet importation.

Satisfied owners have even sent us pictures of their sweet, happy cats and dogs that safely arrived at new homes.

Tax and Duty in 2022

What are duty and tax and who pays them?

When a business is involved in importing goods for commercial use from another country, they are responsible for paying duty and/or taxes on imported goods. Taxes are self-explanatory and typically involve GST/HST. While a customs broker can best help you to estimate duty and taxes, it is helpful to understand the ins and outs of duty.

What are import duty and tariffs?

An import duty is a tax that is imposed on goods that are imported from another country. As part of government policy, an increased price is imposed for goods that are imported from other countries to make these items less desirable. This is commonly practiced in order to encourage consumers to purchase goods manufactured nationally or locally. You may sometimes see the words duty and tariff used interchangeably, but there are some differences.

In general, a tariff is a percentage of the value of an item that is taxed. Import duty is actually the amount paid on the imported product and its value completely depends on the value of the item or items.

The importance of import duties for online purchases

As an eCommerce global trade participant, it is imperative that you are aware of the duties and tariffs that apply to your merchandise. In terms of the final price of the products being imported, duties do have a huge impact on your online business. In an age where online shopping is growing internationally, it is important to know how import duties and taxes are affecting business transactions overall.

It is always important to keep your customers up to date on the import duties and tariffs in order to prevent them from being caught off guard. Import costs can be effectively communicated on your checkout page, product pages, or in email confirmations to increase customer confidence.

Calculating import duties

Our team has developed online software to help estimate tax and duty in 2022 for imports within a few minutes and with a few clicks of a mouse. The Canadian duty calculator is a useful tool that can be utilized when planning to import goods to Canada.

Paying duty and/or taxes on imported goods

Paying duty and taxes are just one aspect of importing goods that must be considered. The importation of goods also requires forms to be filled in as well as communication with several government agencies. Importing and exporting is a highly regulated activity in Canada. To be sure that everything is done correctly and accurately, and to know that you will be able to avail yourself of the best rates, you will want to employ the services of a customs broker.

Argo Customs Brokers can make the process easier for you. They have the knowledge and experience required to ensure that all activities that relate to importing your goods are attended to. They regularly communicate with government agencies and know which ones would be required and what information will satisfy their requirements.

We tailor our brokerage services according to clients’ specific needs and requirements. We want to offer the best possible services to our customers to ensure they get exactly what they need from us. We even have a 24-hour support line. Customer service Is our priority!
We welcome your inquiries about customs clearance of all types. For more information, to arrange an assessment, or for a quote on specific shipments, feel free to contact us at any time.

Best Customs Brokers in Vancouver

If you’ve been on the hunt for a professional and reliable customs broker Vancouver, then you must surely be stressed out by the process. This task can be challenging, especially when you’re on a budget and want someone who can offer expedited services. Most businesses require time sensitive and urgent execution of projects and tasks and the quality of service and dedication to customers are important aspects of your choice.

If this is the situation you have found yourself in with your business, then you need not worry. There are some top customs brokers in Vancouver that can help you out. One such firm that stands out is Argo Customs Vancouver. We have been in the industry for years now, so you can expect us to know our way around the market effectively. We are dedicated to helping businesses reap returns and have their business processes and operations aligned perfectly with new avenues of growth.

Do you want to know what sets Argo Customs Brokers apart from the rest of the customs brokers in Vancouver? Read ahead to find out more.

Customs brokers in Vancouver

Our experience speaks for itself

With years of experience in the industry, we can proudly state that we have our fair share of experience when it comes to providing exceptional services. With access to the right online tools, data, and methods of streamlining tasks and processes, the quick and efficient execution of tasks is a given. Some of our clients have been with us for years now as we never fail to exceed their expectations.

Professional and affordable customs brokers services in Vancouver

Our import and export services are known to be affordable and professional. Vancouver’s market has competitive rates and we ensure that you are able to get the desired outcome at the best possible prices. And, we don’t cut any corners while we work! Precision, accuracy, and a friendly and welcoming attitude lies at the core of our services. Try us out and see for yourself, you will not regret it.

We are the best customs brokers in Vancouver

At Argo Customs, we are the best customs brokers in Vancouver. Our experts are certified, have extensive expertise and knowledge, and can build lasting relationships. Their friendly attitude is sure to make you feel content and at ease.

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With Argo Customs at your service, you can take a sigh of relief. All you have to do is call us at Argo Customs. We will then schedule an appointment per your convenience and get started on the process as soon as possible. We are sure to help you mitigate any delays and mishaps going forward. Your investment and trust in our services as Vancouver customs brokers are going to provide value for money and high customer satisfaction, that’s for sure.

For more information, call Toll-free: 1 (888) 311-8303 or contact ARGO customs broker in Vancouver at (250) 980-3727 or email at You can even drop us specific queries via email, or chat with us online via the website, All inquiries are welcome.