Customs and Immigration

Over the years, Canada has proven that it is a great place to live and visit.

Whether you want to take some time off for a vacation or you are thinking of a permanent move, Canada can be the perfect choice for you and your family. Before you start packing your bags, though, you may want to learn a little bit about the customs and immigrations policies in the country.

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

Most of the customs and immigration issues are handled by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), which was established in 2003. With over 13,000 employees, the CBSA covers approximately 1,200 service points across the nation, as well as 39 locations outside of the country.



All about customs

Learning all bout the Canadian customs policies can take quite a long time, considering all of the different rules and regulations that are enforced in any country’s customs authorities.

Generally, Canadians aren’t required to pay duty on products manufactured in Mexico and North America because of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The duty fees vary depending on the type of product and the country where it was manufactured.

Like most other shipping policies, shipping costs to Canada depends on the size, number, distance, and speed. The Canadian Goods and Services Tax (GST) is rated at around 5%, which can be charged on practically any type of import.

Some of the other regional taxes include the Provincial Sales Tax, Quebec Sales Tax, and the Harmonized Sales Tax. Be sure to read up on customs brokers fees, which can easily cause an increase in the customs costs that you pay.



All about immigration

There are basically three types of immigration in Canada.

First are those who are moving to Canada to be with their families, which is usually granted depending on certain conditions.

Second are immigrants who want to work in the country by providing support. Skilled workers and business immigrants are usually allowed permanent residence, because they contribute to economic growth.

Third are refugee immigrants, who may or may not be granted immigration depending on why they have come to Canada.

Those who are planning to work in this country temporarily may be required to get a temporary work permit, although there are exceptions.