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The Non-Resident Importer Guide

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Find out how U.S. exporters can take advantage of the Non-Resident Importer program to expand into Canadian markets This guide is an essential resource for any business aiming to become a non-resident importer. Starting with basic questions like “What is a Non-Resident Importer” and “Why would you want to be a NRI?”, it moves on… Read more »

Is it time to audit your service provider?

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Four questions to ask when evaluating your customs brokerage partner If you trade internationally, you know that your supply chain is a critical element of your business operations. And, whether you’re large or small; a retailer or a manufacturer; or buying finished goods or components; your customs broker is a very important partner. As with… Read more »

Import automation: What you need to know before automating your import processes

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If you’re looking for a way to maximize efficiency in your global import processes and improve customer satisfaction while maintaining a focus on growth, import automation may be the ideal solution for you. Through automation, you can create a collaborative network across your entire supply chain that allows for uninterrupted data and process flow to… Read more »

What does being an NRI mean to your business?

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If you’re looking to expand into the growing Canadian marketplace, take a look at Canada’s Non-Resident Importer (NRI) program. The NRI program allows foreign or U.S.-based business to ship goods to Canada while enjoying the same advantages as Canadian importers – without having to have physical facilities in Canada. As an NRI, you can take… Read more »

Five ways to make U.S.-Mexico shipments more efficient

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Are you conducting business across the southern U.S. border? As you’ve no doubt noticed, customs regulations and requirements between the U.S. and Mexico are unique, complex – and challenging. Livingston has prepared a guide with five key steps you can take to improve your cross-border transactions along the southern U.S. border, including the following: Maintain… Read more »

Shipping to the U.S.: How to file a U.S. duty drawback claim

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Filing for duty drawback is a great way to get back a large portion of the duty you paid to U.S. Customs. However, applying for duty drawback can be tricky. There are a number of key considerations you need to be aware of when applying, including knowing what documents to file, and where and when… Read more »

Valuation is key to your company’s success as an NRI

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For anyone thinking of becoming an NRI, it’s important to understand proper valuation and how it needs to be part of your overall business strategy. Valuation, essentially, is the price you declare for your goods in Canada – and as with any business strategy, the value of your goods plays a significant role in your… Read more »

Understanding tariffs can help you save money as an NRI

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Thinking of becoming a Non-Resident Importer (NRI)? Knowing how tariff classification and preferential tariff treatments work can make a big difference to your bottom line, and help you ship more efficiently. Classifying your goods with the correct Harmonized System (HS) codes is the best way to ensure your shipments get through Customs smoothly and efficiently… Read more »

Managing your tax responsibilities as an NRI

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Canada’s Non-Resident Importer (NRI) program is a great way for U.S. companies to expand their business into Canada. If you’re thinking of becoming an NRI, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with Canada’s tax system. Here are a few of the key aspects of Canada’s tax system: A business number is required before you… Read more »

Keep your importing profile in good standing as an NRI

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When you become a Non-Resident Importer (NRI), ensuring complete compliance and accurate record keeping throughout your customs processes will keep your importing profile in good standing with customs authorities. In addition, attention to detail – including recordkeeping and documentation – can save you time and money. After all, compliant documentation keeps your shipments moving across… Read more »