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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 […]

Repeal of the United States Surtax Order (Steel and Aluminum)

Effective 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Surtax Order (Other Goods): SOR/2018-153 imposing surtax on certain products originating in the United States are repealed. Please note that importers will no longer be required to pay surtax pursuant to the above-referenced orders.

Simplified plant import permit application process

Beginning June 1, 2019, importers applying for an import permit under the Plant Protection Act can submit their application electronically to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, without having to submit a hard copy. You can now submit the Application for Permit to Import Plants and Other Things (CFIA/ACIA 5256) by using My CFIAonline services or […]

A Non-Resident Importer’s Guide to Bringing Food into Canada

A Non-Resident Importer (NRI) is a person or company that imports food into Canada but whose permanent place of business is in a place other than Canada (for instance, the United States). If you are an NRI food importer you can apply for a license under the Safe Food for Canadian Regulations (SFCR). If you […]

CITT Report on Safeguards Regarding Certain Steel Goods

This information states that provisional safeguards on imports of concrete reinforcing bar, energy tubular products, hot-rolled sheet, pre-painted steel, and wire rod will cease to apply beginning April 28, 2019. Global Affairs Canada has clarified that provisional safeguards on these goods will remain in effect up to and including April 28, 2019. This information is […]

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, […]

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