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Non-Resident Importer Program allows U.S. Businesses Greater Access to Canadian Market

Pity the delivery person who attempts to deliver a package to a Canadian consumer that includes an unexpected invoice for additional taxes, duties and brokerage fees.  Few things anger Canadian consumers more than packages that arrive from the U.S. accompanied … Continue reading

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Nearshoring Attractive to U.S. Fashion Industry

Given the average “shelf life” of an article of clothing in some fashion retail chains is about six weeks before discounting begins, it’s easy to understand why the allure of shorter inventory lead times and distribution flexibility would be appealing.  … Continue reading

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Lack of Carriers keeping US Businesses out of Export Market

A not so well kept secret – less than one percent of U.S. businesses engage in some type of export activity.  This is despite the fact more than 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the U.S. borders. Then-Secretary … Continue reading

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Trade Programs Expedite the US-Canada Border Process

A study of U.S./Canada border crossing delays found the average wait was 29 minutes.  But for participants in the U.S./Canada “Free and Secure Trade Program” (FAST), the wait time was only eight minutes.  The study, conducted by the International Mobility … Continue reading

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U.S. – Canada Price Discrepancies Focus of Senate Inquiry

Speculating about why consumer goods cost more when purchased in Canada has become something of a national pastime for some Canadians.  For the past several years, Canadian media outlets and blog posts have regularly asked why, despite the influx of … Continue reading

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Border Compliance Provides a Competitive Edge

Growing frustration about the increasingly complex U.S./Canada border clearance process has been well documented.  But some affected businesses seem to be turning the lemons of border compliance into lemonade, using their determination to master the compliance process as a competitive … Continue reading

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When it comes to Exporting – Logistics is Local

According to data from the U.S. Commerce Department, less than one percent of U.S. companies’ export – and of those that do, 58 percent export to only one country, typically to Mexico or Canada.  U.S. businesses’ rate of participation in … Continue reading

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ACE: Easing Cross Border Clearance Process

As anyone who regularly brings commercial goods into the U.S. knows, U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP) has been involved in a years-long undertaking to enhance border security by automating and centralizing the border processing system.  The initiative, known as the … Continue reading

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Canada/European Trade Agreement A Threat to U.S. Businesses?

Talks between Canada and the European Union aimed at reaching a free trade agreement have reached a critical phase, with final sign-offs expected in the coming months.  And while the expected net benefit for Canada could be an economic boost … Continue reading

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Canadian Prices Running Higher than US Prices

A growing sense of angst among Canadian consumers has resulted from an inexplicable rise in consumer goods prices, as compared with U.S. prices.  This glaring price gap – which accounts for brand name products costing as much as 40 percent … Continue reading

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