Category: Cross-Border Business

By: Elliott Smith Monday 11 February 2013 is Family Day, a statutory holiday in British Columbia.Travelers and shippers should expect heavier than normal volumes for passenger traffic at the border. Retailers and shoppers in the Whatcom County area should be prepared for holiday crowds in the stores. Several other provinces in Canada have long celebrated Family […]
2013 Small Business Expo   Government Programs   Feb 13   Vancouver By: Elliott Smith If you own a small business in British Columbia, or do business in the province,  you’re invited to the 2013 Small Business Information Expo being hosted by the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME), Pubic Works and Government Services […]
By: Elliott Smith Washington State has a new Governor. Jay Inslee was sworn in in Olympia on 17 Jan 2013. What can British Columbia expect from the new governor, and what does it mean for the BC/Washington relationship and cross-border trade? Ferries: Inslee has called for a partnership between BC Ferries and Washington State Ferries […]
By: Elliott Smith The US & Canadian Governments have released their 2012 annual report on implementation of the joint Canada/US Beyond the Border action plan for harmonizing trade & security regulations and streamlining the flow of legitimate commerce across the international boundary. Two highlights in particular include actions taken to bolster trusted traveler and shipper […]
By: Jim Pettinger Over the years, Bellingham International Airport (BLI) has competed for Canadian travel dollars, particularly when the loonie strengthens against the greenback. However, during 2012, with the loonie hovering around par, competition is at a fever pitch. First, Alaska Airlines announced cheap flights to Honolulu. Then Allegiant Air countered with flights to both […]
By: Elliott Smith “Samples have to be mutilated” to cross the border, under U.S. Customs and Border Protection regulations, says UCanTrade, Inc. President Jim Pettinger. “I’ve seen people heartbroken” who didn’t know that, Pettinger adds. Canadian entrepreneurs looking to expand sales into the United States should be aware of restrictions on importing samples to the […]