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What You Need to Know Regarding the Participating Government Agencies (PGA) Program and How it Relates to Customs Clearance in Canada

Since January 2019, a significant amount of products are now regulated by the Participating Government Agencies (PGA) program which seeks to move more goods into the Single Window initiative (SWI) which will streamline the sharing of commercial import data among the participating agencies. This means that you no longer have to check with two, three, […]

Everything You Need to Know About Importing Specialty Steel Products into Canada

ARGO Customs Brokers are among the premier customs brokers in Toronto and throughout Canada. Their experienced brokers can assist your business in importing carbon and specialty steel products from a variety of countries. ARGO Customs brokers can help your business estimate VAT, import duties, and handle everything you need to get your goods across the […]

New from Health Canada’s Consumer Product Safety Program

Health Canada has posted six new Consumer Product Enforcement Summary Reports on our website: Second-Hand Products Report: the purpose of this Cyclical Enforcement (CE) project was to verify the used-product industry’s compliance under the CCPSA and its regulations, the Food and Drug Act, as it relates to cosmetics, and the Cosmetic Regulations. Consumer Chemicals and […]

Importing a vehicle into Canada for personal use.

ARGO Customs brokers are using a streamline SWI to process vehicles via Single Window Initiative (SWI) Integrated Import Declaration (IID) (service option (SO) 911 which allows us to submit all information electronically 9no RIV Form 1 is needed to be presented on paper at the border). Importing Motor Vehicles The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) […]

The Mexico Steel Goods Remission Order came into effect on February 2, 2019.

Effective Feb. 2, Mexican energy tubular products (such as those used to build pipelines) and wire rod shipments will no longer cost an extra 25 per cent under Canada’s emergency ‘safeguard’ measures. Steel (some particular goods & HS codes related to) from other countries that don’t have free trade agreements with Canada will continue to […]

CPTPP and Vietnam

The CPTPP provides for a transition period for countries with respect to the application of certification of origin under Article 3.20: Claims for Preferential Treatment, for goods exported from a CPTPP country. Essentially, the country of export may choose to apply Annex 3-A: Other Arrangements, to require the certification of origin be issued by competent […]

Canada quietly moves to resolve steel spat with Mexico.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau has quietly reversed a controversial decision to slap a surtax on two types of Mexican steel imports. Effective Feb. 2, up to a new limit, Mexican energy tubular products (such as those used to build pipelines) and wire rod shipments will no longer cost an extra 25 per cent under Canada's […]

Updated information on food imports

Foreign businesses preparing foods for export to Canada do not need a licence under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR). The Canadian business importing food into Canada needs a licence under the SFCR to import and any other permission as required by other Canadian Departments and Agencies. Work with an SFC-licensed importer to ensure […]

TARIFF RATE QUOTAS (TRQ) FOR CERTAIN STEEL GOODS

This message pertains to imports of certain steel goods as listed in the Order Imposing a Surtax on the Importation of Certain Steel Goods. The purpose of this message is to inform importers that a new Notice to Importers has been published reflecting amendments to the Order Imposing a Surtax on the Importation of Certain […]

Benefits of using the IID – increased efficiency and reliability

ARGO Customs brokers are using IID system to submit entries to CBSA and all PGAs and were certified for it. The IID makes the process for declaring CFIA regulated imports to the CBSA more efficient for customs brokers and commercial importers across Canada. With the IID, there is no longer a need to send the […]

Before Importing or Exporting Commercial Goods into Canada you have to obtain your Import/Export Business Number from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
For an import-export (RM) account:

Call 1-800-959-5525 or Use Business Registration Online (BRO)


Will be the same as your BN with extension RM0001.
Sample: 123456789RM0001