Import Advisory

Service Description

So, you are thinking of importing commercial goods into Canada? Unsure of where to begin?

There’s a huge range of products that can be imported into Canada, subject to compliance with certain conditions. If your business is looking to grow, and you have identified a gap in the marketplace, importing goods for sale, or raw materials for production, can be a rewarding path to take.

Our International Trade Advisors can help you understand issues relating to importing and provide step by step processes and guidance. This hour-long consultation is suitable for companies looking to for advice to expand an existing import business or start a new one.

Please Note: This service is currently unavailable. We will update this page with further information when it’s available. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.


  • Discussion of tax and duty rates

  • Importance of tariff treatments and Harmonized System (HS) Codes

  • Pathfinding for learning about restrictions, regulations, trade barriers

  • Direction to the appropriate agencies for labelling requirements, permits

  • Advice on best practices for working with a logistics agent, customs brokers, and other service providers

  • Understanding means of payment, trade terms

  • Considerations for the costs of inspections, warehousing

  • Discuss certificates of origin

  • Logistics and Incoterms

  • International Trade Agreements

  • How to work with a customs broker

Service Offered By

These 60-minute sessions are booked in advance on a first come, first served basis.

Due to high demand, please be advised the first availability for booking an Import or Export advisory appointment will be 6-8 weeks. We apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause.

Small Business BC’s advisory services are delivered online via Zoom, or over the phone. For instructions on how to optimize your Zoom setup, click here.

  • Price: $129.00
  • Length: 1 Hour
  • Subject: Import/Export
  • Language: English
  • Stage of Business: Start-Up, Growing
This service may be taken by phone or video call
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