Canada Customs 101: Securing Hassle Free Access to Your Northern Market


Do you sell to Canada? Are you responsible for clearing products through Canadian Customs to deliver to your Canadian customers? If so, this seminar is for you! More and more US exporters are taking on the responsibility of clearing their products through Canadian Customs in order to reach their final Canadian destination, a concept known as the “non-resident importer” or “NRI” for short.

Although Canada and the USA are making constant efforts to streamline border Customs requirements, many procedural differences remain. The purpose of this seminar is to teach the basics of Canadian Customs clearance from the perspective of a US exporter/non-resident importer selling to Canada.

Topics Covered:

  • How the Canadian Customs clearance process works
  • What US exporters must do to comply with Canadian requirements
  • Why Canadian Customs compliance obligations linger after shipments have cleared
  • Why Canadian Customs compliance obligations linger after shipments have cleared
  • What are some of the best practices US companies should implement in order to      prevent penalties from Canadian Customs

Thursday, April 14, 2016 | Program start time: 8:30a – 12:00p

Location: Grand Rapids, MI | Cost: $150 VAGTC Member/ $250 Non-member

(Breakfast, parking and materials included)

Sponsored by Clement Law Office & RedLine Language Services 

Click Here to Register!

Guest Speaker:


Jean-Marc Clément is a Canadian attorney with more than 20 years of experience practicing law in the international trade field. His clients include large multinational corporations, SMEs as well as business start-ups located in Canada and abroad. They seek his advice and good judgment to improve their competitiveness worldwide through better planning of their international trade operations while ensuring compliance with cross-border requirements.

Before forming his own firm Jean-Marc practiced law at BCF LLP, a dynamic Montreal-based law firm member of the MERITAS global alliance. Previous to that he spent over 10 years heading the international trade consulting practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) in Montreal. He began his career as in-house legal counsel for a North American customs broker and freight forwarder.

Over the years he has become a trusted advisor to many corporate executives and business managers, at all company levels, on a broad range of international trade subjects: customs procedures, import tariffs, duty recovery, unfair trade remedies (dumping/countervail), compliance with trade sanctions, import/export controls, trade-related aspects of supply chain management, foreign procurement, manufacturing, outsourcing, sales and distribution, international trade agreements, transfer pricing, taxation, business reorganizations, due diligence assessments in mergers and acquisitions, counterfeit trade protection, voluntary disclosures, government relations, corporate governance and anti-corruption legislation.

When a disagreement with the authorities occurs, in spite of well-intended and proactive compliance efforts, he defends his clients’ interests in dispute settlement proceedings. He has successfully represented clients in complex litigation cases on several occasions. He appears regularly at the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and the Federal Courts.


EM Strasbourg School of Management, post-graduate degree (DESS) in International Trade (1993)

Ottawa University, civil law degree LL.L. (1988)


Quebec Bar Association, Canadian Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (AMCHAM), Canadian Society of Customs Brokers

Clement Law Office Inc.

1155 W René-Lévesque Blvd., Suite 2500, Montreal Quebec H3B 2K4

T. +1 514 570 6144



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