• Importing Goods to Canada

    Importing Goods to Canada


                Before importing, do your homework. Here’s how to determine whether your goods can be imported into Canada:

    Identify the country of origin and the manufacturer of the item you plan to export or import. Canada has a range of goods over which it imposes import controls. The Import Control List (ICL) of the Export and Import Permits Act lists these goods.

    Is your business registered for import/export?

    Do you have an import/export license? Be sure to complete the registration and licensing requirements with municipal, provincial and federal government agencies

    Register Your Business for Import Or Export

    Before you can import into Canada, you must obtain an import/export account (commonly referred to as an import/export license). To do that you must complete several registration and licensing requirements with municipal, provincial, and federal governments early in the process.

    Canada Revenue Agency’s Business Registration Online is your destination for all federal business registration requirements.

    What is a Business Number (BN)?

    Your BN is a simple method of identifying you and your business to the Government.

    Every business has its own unique BN.

    Check out the Cross Border Institute for further details.


    What can you import to Canada?

    Visit this link to find out more about restricted or limited goods


    What is customs clearance?

    “Customs clearance” or “clearing customs” is a phrase we hear a lot in our business. What it really means is the item that’s being imported or exported has met a country’s requirements for entering or leaving its borders. Those requirements vary from country to country and from one item to another.

    What is an NRI?

    A non-resident importer (NRI) is a company not located in Canada that imports into Canada from the United States and clears the goods into Canada under its own company name. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) developed the nonresident importer concept specifically to help U.S. exporters gain access to Canadian markets. In essence, a non-resident importer is both the exporter from the United States and the importer of record into Canada. You become the importer of record even though you are not physically located in Canada. 

    Become a Non-Resident Importer

    What is a Non-Resident Importer?

    A Non-Resident Importer (NRI) is a business based outside of Canada that does not have a physical presence in Canada, but imports goods into Canada as the Importer of Record.

    The Non-Resident Importer (NRI) Program is an initiative of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) that allows the United States / international exporters to sell products to Canadian customers directly on a delivered-price basis, without the need for a physical presence in Canada.
    Registering as an NRI offers many benefits, including more control over your supply chain, an increased presence in the competitive Canadian marketplace, and the opportunity to provide better service to Canadian customers

    How to Register as a NRI

    Normally, it can take 3-4 weeks to become registered as an NRI. 

    Visit the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)  for more information on the NRI program.



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