Exporting regulations 

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There are many opportunities for Canadian businesses to enter markets outside of Canada, but the exporting process can sometimes seem overwhelming. There are a number of different rules and regulations that you need to consider as you navigate this process and start selling your goods around the world.

Canadian Government requirements and processes

When exporting commercial goods from Canada, you will generally need to:

  • Have a Business Number with an import-export account
  • Determine the country of origin of the goods (are they produced in Canada or somewhere else?) and potentially complete a Canadian certificate of origin
  • Find out if the goods can be exported or if they are prohibited or restricted in any way
  • Find out if you need an export permit
  • Classify the goods according to the Harmonized System (HS codes) or the Canadian Tariff Classification Number
  • Report your exports to Canada Border Services Agency
  • Ship your goods, which could involve an inspection of your shipment by Canada Border Services Agency and could bring about penalties, if you do not comply with customs requirements

You will need to find out how to obtain a Business Number and learn about the exporting requirements of the Canadian government.

Importing country requirements

In addition to complying with Canadian government requirements, you will also need to know the requirements of the importing country. For example:

  • What paperwork is required at the border?
  • Do you need a certificate of origin?
  • Are there any restrictions on your product?
  • Are you required to comply with local labelling requirements?

These information services are a good starting point for understanding and staying up to date on the requirements of importing countries:

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