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How to get your import-export license or permit

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Many products are regulated by different government departments and their import-export requires a permit or license either prior to or at the time of importation-exportation. How should I proceed?

Before buying your product or selling it abroad, you must know the regulations in effect. Food products, products manufactured in the United States, military products and so on require an import-export license or permit.

When importing or exporting, you must understand the requirements of the customs authorities as well as what duties and taxes apply to your product. However, people often forget that products are subject to the standards of both the exporting and importing country. You must ensure that your product is eligible and meets the standards of the other departments.

Importing food products necessitates a food safety license. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency requires you to have a preventive control plan to maintain food quality and traceability in case of complaints and problems. And don’t forget about labelling compliance.

Food products are subject to a phytosanitary certificate issued in the country of origin prior to the export of the goods. Upon arrival, the goods will be inspected to ensure the quality of the product. If there is a bad smell or traces of mold, the products will be turned away and you will have to destroy them or return them to the shipper.

To import weapons, the manufacturer must first have the product approved by Natural Resources Canada by submitting a great deal of information. Once the product is given the green light, the importer will need to secure a permit to import the product.

The export of products originating in the United States requires a permit and, in some cases, a permit from the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security will be necessary for re-exportation of these products.

Importing of alcohol requires a permit but bear in mind that each province in Canada manages its own import of alcohol. In Quebec, even though private individuals can be importers, the SAQ must first issue a permit. However, in some provinces, only the provincial liquor board can import alcohol into their territory.

In most cases, we will be able to secure this import-export license or permit on your behalf. And, in some particular cases, the importer or exporter will need to obtain the permit or license directly from the government department that regulates the import or export of their product.

Our consulting service can help you determine the requirements of the various departments and understand the importance of obtaining an import-export license or permit.

our experts

Yves Lacelle

Strategic Advisor - Business Development and Training

With over 40 years of experience in the customs field, Yves has a very thorough understanding of everything related to this environment. His meetings with companies from all over the world have allowed him to acquire an extensive knowledge of international trade. He has given several seminars and customs training courses to companies and has found solutions for clients having problems with customs authorities.

Guiding a team to provide the best customer service bears no secrets for Yves. His ability to communicate and educate his business partners makes him a golden ally for those who aspire to comply with customs regulations.

Claire Brochu

Senior Consultant

With a 30-year track record in international logistics, Claire Brochu brings a wealth of knowledge in transportation, supply chain security and customs compliance to the global arena.

Committed to delivering customized consulting services to a targeted clientele, she has developed an expertise in export and import regulations for controlled goods in Canada and the United States. In addition, she offers an audit and logistical and documentary monitoring service to companies wishing to optimize their shipping process.

Curious about new regulations and ever mindful of our clients’ needs, she not only provides transparent advice, but also comes up with innovative and efficient solutions.

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