Importing commercial goods into Canada - More information

May 13, 2024: Change to import-export program (RM) administration

The Canada Revenue Agency continues to issue the required business number (BN9). The CBSA has taken over RM account-related services. Until October 2024:

  1. to register for a new import-export program account (RM), complete form BSF947: Request for a CBSA Import/Export Program Account
  2. to submit a maintenance request for existing RM accounts, complete form BSF948: Request for Change(s) to Existing CBSA Import/Export Program Account

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Become familiar with trade incentive programs

The CBSA aims to improve the competitiveness of Canadian businesses by offering relief from the payment of most duties and taxes on imported goods that are ultimately exported, whether or not the goods are further manufactured in Canada. Further information on the CBSA's Duty Deferral Program is available in Memoranda Series D7 Series, Drawbacks.

Consult the following for additional information

Designated commercial offices provide 24-hour service, seven days a week, for the reporting and clearing of commercial goods.

To obtain CBSA publications, refer to CBSA Forms and Publications. You may also order publications by visiting the Government of Canada Publications Web site.

For information on other federal departments and agencies involved in the commercial importing process, visit the CBSA's Other Government Departments and Agencies: Reference List for Importers, visit the Canada site or call 1-800-O-Canada (1-800-622-6232).

An overview of this guide is available in a .pdf checklist format: Checklist for Importing Commercial Goods.

If you have any questions related to the CBSA's requirements for importation feel free to contact Border Information Service (BIS).

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