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Everything You Need to Know About Importing Plants (and Plant-Products) into Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (“CFIA”) is responsible for managing the import of plants and plant-related products to protect Canada’s animal, food, and plant resources from invasive species. Invasive species are non-native animals or plants that are introduced into a local biome and, because they may lack natural predators or other controls, run rampant over […]

ARGO Customs update- New Test Market Authorizations (TMAs) process.

Under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR), test market provisions now apply to all foods. Test marketing food allows exemption from certain regulatory requirements, such as bilingual labelling requirements under the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) and regulated container sizes under the SFCR. Test Market Authorizations (TMAs) are issued for the purpose of test […]

Canadian Custom Clearance Experts ARGO Customs Inform Shippers About New Requirements When Shipping to Australia

June 22, 2019 – Toronto, ON – Canadians seeking to export goods to Australia between September 1, 2019, and May 31, 2020, may be subject to new Australian importation regulations.  The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) are currently combating the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), an extremely dangerous pest known to travel in […]

Argo Customs Explains Important New Rollbacks of Surtaxes on Certain Imports from The United States

June 8, 2019 – Toronto, ON – ARGO Customs has good news for Canadian importers: surtaxes on steel, aluminum, and other finished consumer goods such as playing cards and whisky, have been rolled back.  As of May 19, 2019, the United States Surtax Order (Steel and Aluminum): SOR/2018-152 and the United States Surtax Order (Other Goods): SOR/2018-153 are […]

Import Permits for Steel and Serial No. 945

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) have advised that import permits for goods listed under Serial No. 945 must be applied for prior to the arrival of the goods and on hand at time of accounting. This is a new requirement and contrary to the time period in place under Serial No. 911. Under Serial No. 911, […]

A Guide to What You Should Know Before Trying to Import Goods into Canada

Canada restricts the importation of various goods like food, plant, and animal products (FPA) because they could cause substantial damage to Canada’s native biosystems, fisheries, native environments, domesticated crops, and can even be a harm to humans. In fact, a single piece of meat or fruit that harbors the wrong pests or diseases can cause […]

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