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ARL: The Canadian system of record for commercial accounting and payment


In 2016, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) implemented the Accounts Receivable Ledger (ARL) as Phase One of its Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) project. As part of this initiative, the CBSA will change its refund process, effective August 01, 2016. Under the ARL, the daily and monthly account statements (K84) have been replaced with… Read more »

How to make it in Mexico: Five tips for Southern border success (infographic)


New customers. New opportunity. Growth. Increased revenue. Mexico offers all these things and more for today’s modern businesses. It’s a rich source of goods, with new and emerging supply chain partners. It’s an ideal hub for importing and re-exporting. And it’s got a potential export market of more than 100 million customers. But like any… Read more »

Food services: Southern border import processes (Case study)


Global Fresh turned to Livingston for assistance in improving its southern border import processes. With multiple regulatory bodies on both sides of the border, importing from Mexico was proving a real challenge for Global Fresh. Facing bottlenecks throughout the supply chain, Global Fresh reached out to the southern border experts at Livingston for help. Learn… Read more »

Understanding Canada’s new free trade deals


The pending passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the recent finalization of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) are set to make Canada the only country in the world with free trade agreements with Europe, Pacific Asian countries and North America. But what are the implications of such a historic feat? Livingston takes… Read more »

Facilitating trade: NAFTA today and tomorrow


For more than two decades, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been enabling improved trade between Canada, the United States and Mexico – but along the way it’s been both praised and criticized, many times over. As Canada and the United States work to finalize new trade agreements, including thethe Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the… Read more »

U.S. small businesses and free trade agreements


There are over 28 million small businesses in the U.S. And the U.S. has free trade agreements with 20 countries. Adding two-and-two together tells you: it’s a great time for small businesses to expand into the global marketplace. There are more opportunities than ever for small businesses to source products from new countries, and to reach… Read more »

Five questions every Canadian food importer/exporter should ask


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) Safe Food for Canadians Act is currently scheduled to come into effect on January 1, 2015, and will have a significant impact on importers and exporters.

ISA case study: The Container Store

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The Container Store was looking to get Importer Self Assessment (ISA)-certified, but ran into a roadblock from CBP. Learn how Livingston helped the retailer achieve ISA status.

Understanding Electronic Export Information filing


Are you exporting goods out of the United States? Remember, anything you ship outside of the U.S. is considered an export – and as such, has certain requirements and responsibilities that go along with it. One of those requirements is filing export information. Filing your export information electronically If the goods you’re exporting are valued… Read more »

Importer Security Filing: 10 required data elements


ISF enforcement is happening. As of July 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is assessing liquidated damages against importers whose Importer Security Filing (ISF) is missing, late or inaccurate. These fines can reach as high as $5,000 per infraction. Make sure you’re prepared. Our helpful guide, “Importer Security Filing: 10 required data elements” lists in… Read more »