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How to obtain a CA Identification number for importing clothing and textiles

Only Canadian manufacturers, processors or finishers of a textile fibre product or Canadians engaged in the business of importing or selling any textile fibre product are allowed to register for a CA Identification Number. If you are a U.S. company, you must show the name and full postal address of your business. Further information on how to apply and label is shown below.

For Canadian Companies:

You can apply for a CA Number through Government of Canada’s Competition Bureau here – http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/h_02575.html

For U.S. Companies:

As a Non-Resident, you are unable to obtain a CA Identification Number, however, to meet the provisions of the Textile Labelling Act dealers are required to label consumer textile articles with their business name and address. All importers of textiles and apparel should familiarize themselves with these regulations.

As noted in the Guide to the Textile Labelling and Advertising Regulations:

Section VII. c. Dealer Identity The dealer identity may be disclosed by identifying the name and full postal address under which the dealer normally carries out his business, or for a dealer in Canada, an identification number obtained by applying to a Competition Bureau office of Industry Canada. This identification number commonly referred to as a “CA Number”, will be registered for the exclusive use of the dealer.

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