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The Hidden Task of Testing

Running a business can often feel like a daunting task. Some days you find yourself deep in the weeds, grappling with an obscure challenge you didn’t realize existed until last week.

One such factor to understand is that all goods imported into Canada must meet governmental standards and regulations in order to be sold. If products do not pass testing you will legally be held liable for any resulting injuries, complaints or damages.

The good news is you don’t have to go it alone. There are several

Quality Control (QC) facilities that will provide testing on a slew of products. Some companies to help you wade through the particulars are: Bureau Veritas, SGS, Qima and Intertek.

While every category of goods has its own set of governmental requirements, it’s important to understand that all imported product lines must be tested. Having a broad understanding of where your business sits in this landscape will help inform your import decisions going forward.

By Stasia Gottardo

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