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Find out if any of these programs can help improve your ability to trade internationally. Some programs can help you with border security requirements to get you or your goods across the border more quickly. Others can help eliminate tariffs or reduce the amount of duty you may have to pay.
Border Wait Times If your commercial activities require you to cross the Canada/U.S. land border, consult the Border Wait Times table to help avoid delays. ATA Carnet — A Passport for goods Simplify customs procedures for the temporary and duty-free admission of your commercial samples, professional equipment, and goods for use at events. Canadian Society of Customs Brokers Let customs brokers help you clear your imports by preparing the required documents and dealing with the Canada Border Services Agency on your behalf. eManifest Portal Electronically transmit to the Canada Border Services Agency pre-arrival data for low-risk commercial shipments. Country travel advice and advisories Find out if the country you are travelling to on business has issued travel advice or a travel advisory. Exporters of Processing Services Program Your Canadian manufacturing service company may qualify to import certain goods without paying GST or HST if those goods are later exported. International Events and Convention Services Program You can get help to identify border requirements related to your event in Canada. Export Distribution Centre Program If your non-manufacturing business adds limited value to goods destined for export, you could be exempt from paying GST/HST on certain imports. CANPASS If you are a frequent and low-risk traveller, you can apply for access to speedier and easier entry into Canada. Advance rulings for tariff classification Get confirmation on the rate of duty that will apply to goods you plan to import. NEXUS You can use this card to help you cross the Canada-U.S. border faster when you travel for business. Partners in Protection Help secure your supply chain and improve the flow of your goods at the border. Duty Deferral Program Have import duties on goods waived, postponed or refunded under certain circumstances. Free and Secure Trade Get pre-approved to move low-risk goods faster through the Canada-U.S. border. Customs Self Assessment Program Importers, carriers and registered drivers may be able to reduce the time and cost of doing business with the Canada Border Services Agency. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card You can use this card to help you cross the border faster when you travel for business to participating countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Port Alberta — Foreign Trade Zone (Edmonton) Do you move or trade goods internationally? This designated FTZ provides access to programs that may reduce or eliminate tariffs, taxes or duties. Foreign Trade Zone program Do you move or trade goods internationally? FTZ provides access to programs that may reduce or eliminate the tariffs, taxes or duties. Calgary Region Inland Port — Foreign Trade Zone (Calgary) Do you move or trade goods internationally? This designated FTZ provides access to programs that may reduce or eliminate the tariffs, taxes or duties. Halifax Gateway — Foreign Trade Zone (Halifax) Do you move or trade goods internationally? This designated FTZ provides access to programs that may reduce or eliminate the tariffs, taxes or duties. Foreign Trade Zone These officially designated areas offer tariff and tax exemptions on the purchase or importation of raw materials, components or finished goods. Niagara Trade Zone — Foreign Trade Zone Do you move or trade goods for international trade? This designated FTZ provides access to programs that may reduce or eliminate tariffs, taxes or duties. International Trade Agreements
Trade agreements help to eliminate or reduce tariffs on imported goods.
Canada has free trade agreements with the United States, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Israel, Jordan, Korea, Honduras, Panama, Peru, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.
Agreements with other countries are being negotiated to help improve access to more global markets.