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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Being A Non-Resident Importer Into Canada?

Posted in Cross-border trade, Customs Law, GST/HST, Imports Restrictions, Intellectual Property, origin, Sales Taxes, tariff classification, valuation

The Internet enables foreign companies to market and sell to Canadian consumers without setting up in Canada.  A common question of foreign sellers with opportunities to sell to Canadians is “Should I sell into Canada as a non-resident importer?” Before answering this question, we must go back to the basics. What is an importer?  The… Continue Reading

How To Find Out What Is In The Canada Revenue Agency’s Files About Your Audit

Posted in Sales Taxes, Tax

Wouldn’t you like to know what is in the Canada Revenue Agency’s (“CRA”) files concerning your GST/HST audit? This information is very valuable in finding out where the CRA made a mistake or what is the basis for the misunderstanding about your taxes.  We recommend obtaining this information as soon as possible after an assessment… Continue Reading

Canadian Lawyers May Need The BC PST “Application For Clearance” Re Transactions Closing After April 1, 2013

Posted in Cross-border deals, Provincial Governments, Sales Taxes

When a business sells its assets by way for a sale in bulk (or the Bulk Sales Act applies), it does not do so in the normal course of its business.  Usually, one of the preconditions to closing a transaction (one of the vendor closing documents in an asset purchase) is a certification from the… Continue Reading

Top Fifteen Questions To Ask Prior To Importing Goods Into Canada

Posted in Border Security, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, GST/HST, Sales Taxes

We thought it would be helpful to provide our top fifteen questions to ask and answer prior to importing goods into Canada. We started with a top ten list and then decided to give a 50% bonus. 1. What is the tariff classification of the goods to be imported (the answer can be simple or… Continue Reading