1510962_937265452968369_8579695543016800563_nGoods & Services Tax (GST) The Canadian Goods and Services Tax or GST is a federal tax of 5% on most goods and services sold in Canada for domestic consumption. GST differs from a (one incident) retail tax that is charged to a consumer when a sale is made; it is a value-added business transfer tax; (each stage of the production/distribution system is assessed).

Some goods and services are exempt from the GST, such as basic groceries and prescription drugs. A GST registered business pays GST on Read More


Screen shot 2014-11-10 at 4.07.30 PMeManifest is the third phase of the Advance Commercial Information program.

It requires the electronic transmission of advance cargo and conveyance information from carriers for all highway and rail shipments while enhancing CBSA’s (Canada Border Services Agency) ability to identify potential threats to Canada.

Clients using the CBSA’s electronic data interchange (EDI) systems can electronically transmit their import or export data to Customs. These systems help Customs process low-risk goods, allowing them to focus resources on identifying Read More


Canadian ImportersThe BN (Business Number) is a unique fifteen digit number assigned by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to identify a business for tax matters in Canada; businesses must have a BN to be an importer of goods to Canada.

If you are a registered business in Canada you may have a business number under various Read More


made inCountry of origin is a required element for international shipping – it:

  • Indicates to customs agencies where a product is manufactured;
  • Supports trade statistics and related Government policy;
  • COO plus customs classification/(HS); establishes the rate of duty applicable
  • Governs whether a good is entitled to duty relief through trade agreements


Today’s supply chain may demand a finished product be made from multiple materials (inputs); sourced from different countries. Determining COO in this environment can be difficult; however a sound formula tracking the percentages of individual Read More


There are five Canadian provinces that have implemented the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST): Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Depending on the province, HST is between 12-15%. HST replaced the Goods and Services tax (GST) and the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) to make a combined tax. HST is applied to the value of the goods (converted to Canadian dollars), and only applies on shipments that Read More


Shipping to Canada can be surprisingly easy.

You simply need a partner that will scale with you! Whether it is navigating customs or getting your package directly to a home address, BILSI will help you all along the way. Check our Resources Page to see how we can facilitate shipping in and out of Canada for you!