My mom runs an export business from the Philippines and has done exporting to US/UK/Japan. I did not really think of putting their product here in Canada until this year. To start off, I am still learning and still don't know a LOT of things doing/starting a business here. Basically, I have a supplier already (my mother) and was wondering if anyone can advise me on the following:
- We are still figuring out how to bring items here in Ontario. We are starting to bring 10-15 items here first and store it in a mini-warehouse so it won't be a lot. My question is, what do I need to know about customs and such and pickup? My mother usually has a buying agent already so she is not quite particular about customs/particularities in countries. We will know a lot more in the coming weeks as now we are just focusing on the logistics of the product.
- The business name I want is already taken but inactive (government of canada nuans website). It says in the nuans website that I need to contact the owner of that business for consent but can't find any details online. Can the government of Canada provide the contact info of that business?
- This might be stupid but is there any difference between registering your business provincially versus federal? I'm under the assumption I can only offer my products within the province if I register provincially or is it not the case with online shops? This is my problem with #3 where the same business name (inactive business) is registered. Perhaps it's okay if it's registered in a different province?
Thank you very much!