Import Advisory

Service Description

So, you want to import 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, importing goods for sale, or raw materials for production, can be a lucrative path to take.

Our International Trade Advisors can help you overcome issues relating to importing. This hour-long consultation is suitable for companies looking to expand an existing import business or start a new one.


  • Tax and duty rates

  • Tariff treatments and Harmonized System (HS) Codes

  • Restrictions, regulations, trade barriers

  • Labelling requirements

  • Means of payment, trade terms

  • Calculating costs of inspections, permits, warehousing

  • Import account set-up and CRA number (optional)

  • 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. They are delivered via Skype/Zoom or phone from anywhere in our province.

Due to high demand, please be advised the first availability for booking an Import or Export advisory appointment will be 3-4 weeks. We apologize for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause.

Due to the rapidly evolving public health situation surrounding COVID-19, Small Business BC has reached the difficult decision to modify how we deliver our services in the coming weeks.

As an organization, our number one priority will always be the health and safety of our clients, staff and service providers. We also want to ensure we maintain the high service standards our clients expect. As such, we will be delivering all our services online, or over the phone, until further notice. See here for more information on our service changes. Please use our COVID-19 small business resources – including this practical checklist for business continuity.

  • Price: $89.00
  • Length: 1 Hour
  • Subject: Import/Export
  • Language: English, Italian, Spanish
  • Stage of Business: Start-Up, Growing
This service may be taken by phone or video call
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