What Canadian Retailers Need to Know About Imported Products

So you want to sell the latest innovative products in your store? Sounds simple enough, right?
Importers and Distributors need to do their homework, and we encourage all Retailers to do the same. Larger retail outlets and chain stores have “people” that take care of making sure the products sold are safe and legal to stock and sell in Canada. But what about the small business owner?
When products are offered by Distributors in Canada, one assumes they are safe and credible. You trust the distributor because you have dealt with them many times before. Your order is always on time, the shipment is accurate and they even give you terms to pay. Having a symbiotic business relationship with distributors is a valuable part of doing business. They are the ones who can get you what you want, when you want it.
How do you know if the products your distributor offers are safe? Have they been tested? Are they approved for use in Canada? Do they NEED approval, or it would just make you feel better?
These questions may or may not have come up in your purchases, but these are questions you should ask your distributor Business Finance In Hindi or sales rep. We all wish to be in a position to sell the latest gear on the market, but not at the expense of safety.
Here are a few items to consider.
1. Is the product imported legally? There are strict guidelines for the importation process. The distributor is responsible for reporting any item to be sold in Canada to Canada Customs. The purpose of Canada Customs is to make sure only products safe to use and sell in Canada are imported and introduced the Canadian Marketplace.
2. Has the distributor properly labelled the item? Products imported into Canada need to bear the name of the importing company or some form of identification that can be referenced back to if there should be an incident with the product. Such alternatives are a CA# commonly seen on packaging Most Profitable Telemarketing Business of textile and stuffed articles. The American alternative is the RN#, but these are not interchangeable. Identification may be printed directly on the product’s packaging, a sticker attached to the product, or a simple slip of paper with the required information inserted into the package.
3. Are you legally able to sell the product? If the importer has gone through the correct channels with Canada Customs, then the item is imported legally and can be sold in Canada. Items cleared by Canada Customs documentation have been inspected and are eligible to be sold and used across the country. Canada Customs adheres to regulations enforced under federal guidelines by agencies such as Health Canada, Transport Canada, and Consumer Product Safety.
4. Has there been an incident with the product? A great question that rarely gets asked until the incident occurs. The distributor or sales rep should be able to provide you with the information you are requesting. To clarify, and “incident” can be something as simple as documentation of a possible hazard, to which the manufacturer will need to provide a corrective measure. Checking products with Heath Canada before you buy can indicate trending for products, as well as providing assurance that you are marketing safe products to your customers.
It’s much less scary than it sounds as long as we all do our homework! Canadian standards are high, and as a buyer, yours are too. Make sure you are spending your “cost of goods sold” budget on authentic and safe products to stock your shelves.
Happy selling!

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