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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On February 4, 2021, Transport Canada repealed the previous definition of a power-assisted bicycle.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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Canada, United States agree on protocol to guide the cross-border transit of animals in emergency situations.

The Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) of Canada, Dr. Mary Jane Ireland and the United States CVO, Dr. Rosemary Sifford, issued the following statement: “We are pleased to announce that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS), have officially agreed to implement […]

Canada imposes additional economic measures on Russian energy sector.

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced new sanctions under the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations in response to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine. These new measures impose restrictions on 10 key individuals from 2 important companies in Russia’s energy sector, Rosneft and Gazprom. These measures are intended to put […]

Canada Slaps Hefty Tariff On Russian Trade

In addition to other economic measures, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland has announced the removal of MFN status for Russia and Belarus. The following is an excerpt from CTV news. Canada is also revoking Russia and Belarus’ “most-favoured nation status” as trading partners, meaning they will be subjected to a 35 per […]

Hand Carried Goods Release for driven Canadian-registered vehicles.

When Canadian registered vehicles and goods contained therein are driven to Canada by a service provider, the registrant (who is considered the importer/owner of the vehicle/goods), may utilize the services of a licensed customs broker to account for / request release of the goods. A driver arranged by a service provider, e.g. drive-away company, may […]