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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 […]


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 […]

Imports of turkey and turkey products into Canada.

Imports of turkey and turkey products into Canada are subject to import controls under Canada’s EIPA. Accordingly, an import permit is required for shipments of turkey and turkey products to enter Canada. Under the CPTPP between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, Canada agreed to establish a tariff […]

How to Clear Customs into Canada and How a Customs Broker Can Help

Customs is the process by which the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) and affiliated agencies which is responsible for enforcing Canada’s import and export laws. For example, the application of taxes and duties, review of products which are forbidden to exit or enter Canada, holding periods, and the transit of goods through Canada to their […]

Do You Need to Import Goods into Vancouver and Canada? ARGO Customs Can Help

Clearing customs can be a cumbersome and complex process. You need to identify the goods your importing (no, that doesn’t mean look at them and say “Yep, that’s a hammer), meaning, you need to classify the goods pursuant to the 10-digit harmonized tariff classification system. Next, you need to determine if your goods are subject […]

Cargo Control Abstract – Form A10 Format Change

Form A10 Format Change: The form can now be completed electronically and printed for submission to the CBSA. Completing the first page of this form will automatically populate the subsequent pages required for printing. Policies regarding the appropriate use of the Form A10, Cargo Control Abstract can be found in Memorandum D3-1-1, Policy Respecting 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