When I didn’t use my Business Number with CBSA for one year – is it still active ?

You have to show your import/export account on your customs documents. This applies to most shipments that enter Canada.

You only use your import/export account for importing or exporting. If you do not use it, your account will expire after two years. You can reactivate it by contacting any customs office. If there is any change in your status (e.g.,name or address change), you must report these changes to us as soon as possible.

RM Export Import account – how can I get it ?

As of May 13, 2024, the CRA will no longer register new import-export program (RM) accounts or accept maintenance requests for existing RM accounts. Until October 2024:

For more information visit the page below:


Please advise me about an Importer Security for I can obtain the release prior to payment ?

Security can be provided in the form of cash, certified cheque, money order, transferable bond issued by the Government of Canada, and/or a D120 Customs Bond issued by either a surety or financial institution.Security is to be posted in the legal entity name associated with their business number.

Security for resident importers is based on their average monthly duties and taxes owing (less the GST), up to a maximum of CAN $10 million.

Want to bring an essentials oils, please advise if they are CFIA regulated, the rate of duty ?

HS Tariff code as 3301.29. CFIA regulated, for most countries of origin CFIA approved; duty free.Essential oils (terpeneless or not), including concretes and absolutes; resinoids; extracted oleoresins; concentrates of essential oils in fats, in fixed oils, in waxes or the like, obtained by enfleurage or maceration; terpenic by-products of the deterpenation of essential oils; aqueous distillates and aqueous solutions of essential oils.

3301.24.00.00 -Of peppermint (Mentha piperita); duty is 3%; 3301.25.00.- Of spear mint: duty free.

ARGO Canadian Customs Brokers can check the rate of duty (depends on the Country of Origin and Country of direct shipping) for you. Or you can use our on-line duty & TAX calculator:


I want to export/ship some goods to Russia, please advise.

Sanctions and counter-sanctions ratcheted up last week in the increasingly tense standoff between the West and Russia over Ukraine. Following the annexation of Crimea by Russia and its alleged support for rebels in eastern Ukraine, Canada and other governments issued successive proscriptions against doing business with Russia. In reply, Russia barred imports of Western food, including Canada’s for a year. It is complicating further sanctions, such as barring European airlines from transiting Russian airspace.

It gets worse. If you do business in the U.S., European Union, Australia or Japan, you’ll need to consult their sanctions lists as well before shipping goods to Russia or other sanctioned nations. The Americans may file civil charges as well as criminal ones if you do business south of the border as well as trade with forbidden Russian entities. Plus there is inevitable reputation damage – no one wants to see news stories about how their company was selling to people who may have played a role in the downing of a Malaysian airliner.

72 h notice to CBP (US Customs) when importing a vehicle to Canada, pls advise.

ARGO Customs Brokers are doing 72 h notice to CBP.U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) require notification of all self-propelled vehicles being permanently exported from the United States. You must provide CBP with your vehicle title documents, registration and sales receipts.

Required documentation must be submitted at least 72 business hours prior to export; and the vehicle must be presented to U.S. Customs at the time of export.