Checklist for Importing Commercial Goods Into Canada

Argo Customs Brokers is dedicated to maintaining clear communication with their customers and those who wish to keep themselves informed about important importing and exporting regulations. As such, we present pertinent points from documents issued by the Canada Border Services Agency.

Note that this checklist is to be used in conjunction with the Step-by-Step Guide to Importing Commercial Goods into Canada. It is intended to complement and not replace existing regulations, acts, and references.

Importing requirements include the following:

  • Obtain your import/export business number (RM import account) from the Canada Revenue Agency. ARGO brokers can help obtain an RM account for Non-Resident Importers (NRI program).
  • Identify what type of goods you want to import.
  • ARGO Customs brokers can assist to determine the proper HS Tariff classification code.
  • Determine the country of origin for the goods you are importing. ARGO brokers will assist you with the Free Trade Agreements rules and conditions to use them.
  • Verify whether the goods are controlled, regulated or prohibited by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) or any other government department or agency. ARGO Brokers are handling ODG PGA goods at all Canadian ports.
  • Ensure that the goods are marked and labelled as required.
  • Determine whether the goods are subject to any other duties or taxes including the goods and services tax (GST).
  • Obtain invoices, certificates of origin, and any other required documents.
  • Determine the value for duty of the goods you are importing.
  • Select the method of shipping and communicate with the transportation company regarding cross-border requirements.
  • Await notification that your shipment has arrived and provide it to your broker.


The Checklist for Importing Commercial Goods Into Canada is intended to complement and not replace existing regulations, acts, and references ~ CBSA

Key Takeaways

The CBSA notes the following information to consider when complying with stipulated regulations:

  • The shipment may be examined by government officials. Fees charged by authorized third parties to unload and reload goods are the responsibility of the importer.
  • If you make an error in the accounting information provided to the CBSA, you are required to correct the declaration if the change is revenue-neutral or if you owe money.
  • Keep records of your import documents for a period of six years following the importation.
  • Be aware that the CBSA uses the Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) to assess monetary penalties against businesses that do not comply with customs legislation.

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Argo Customs Brokers Is Available to Assist

If you or your company are affected by these new regulations, ARGO Customs Brokers would be happy to speak with you about how they may apply. The team at Argo Customs Brokers is always available to answer questions and can help you understand the effect that these procedures may have on your plans. All inquiries are welcome.