The following tools have been designed to help SMEs. The CBSA provides a variety of tools and services to facilitate the importing and exporting process, while a number of other government departments and agencies have also established services directed toward supporting SMEs.
CBSA's newsletter for SMEs provides information and links to new programs, services and requirements relevant to importers and exporters.
CBSA Acronyms and Abbreviations
A listing of frequently used CBSA acronyms, abbreviations and their meanings.
A glossary of terminology frequently found in CBSA publications and on the Web.
Online Tutorials and Webinars
Online presentations on various import and export topics.
Checklist for Importing Commercial Goods
A checklist to help guide SMEs through the commercial importing process.
Checklist for Exporting Commercial Goods
A checklist to help guide SMEs through the commercial exporting process.
Other Government Departments and Agencies: Reference List for Importers
A listing of commonly imported commodities that may require import permits, and/or certificates along with contact information for the respective government department or agency.
Other Government Departments and Agencies: Reference List for Exporters
A listing of commonly exported commodities that may require export permits, and/or certificates along with contact information for the respective government department or agency.
Harmonized System (HS) Compliance Fact Sheet
A fact sheet outlining the importance of properly classifying goods.
Consult the Customs Tariff for classification numbers and the applicable rates of duty for the goods you wish to import or export.
Publications and forms
A list of CBSA guides, forms and other publications.
FAQs for Importers
A series of questions and answers to help commercial importers.
FAQs for Exporters
A series of questions and answers to help commercial exporters.
Border Information Service (BIS)
An automated, 24-hour telephone service that provides general border services information. During regular business hours, you can speak directly to an agent.
Information for Producers Facing Unfair Foreign Competition
To help determine if dumping or subsidizing of imported goods could be the cause of your problems.
BizPal - Business Permits and Licences
Streamline business permits and licences with BizPaL
Services for entrepreneurs - Information for Canadian businesses
Canadian Importers Database (Industry Canada)
Lists companies importing goods into Canada, by product, by city and by country of origin.
Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database (Statistics Canada)
Detailed trade data using the Harmonized System (HS) classification of goods
Office of Small and Medium Enterprise (PWGSC)
Supporting SMEs by working to reduce barriers and by simplifying requirements for SMEs that want to do business with the Government of Canada.
Virtual Trade Commissioner (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
Helping Canadian companies succeed in the global marketplace