Canadian Importing Tips

Canada’s total trade is worth more than two thirds of its GDP, making it a prosperous trading nation.However, Canada has strict port rules to import. This is Canada, so it can’t be that bad, right? WRONG! Check out the rest of the information for more details.

  • You need a business number

You have to first register your company on the Canadian Revenue Agency who will provide you with a number. It’s like the Tax ID number provided by the IRS.

  • Finish your full accounting package

You’ll need 2 copies of the Cargo Control Document (CCD). The CCD has a bar code cargo control number with the first four digits of the CCN being the carrier code. You’ll also need 2 copies of the Canadian Customs Invoice which is a standard invoice made available by the Canadian government. Permits, customs forms and health certificates (if necessary) are also required.

  • Random Inspection

Canadian authorities have the right to randomly inspect your goods and take samples. Luckily, Canadian officials are often more lenient than other countries (just think Europe).

  • Releasing your goods

Canada has two options to release your goods. The first is the minimum documentation  by presenting interim accounting which is the full accounting package discussed earlier. If you aren’t a carrier you must also apply for an additional Hand Carrier Goods document.

Importing commercial goods into any country is a complicated process. Canada has actually streamlined the process quite well for importers.