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CY & CFS: Reading your Bill of Lading

Importing goods successfully means keeping track of a lot of moving parts at once (or having your customs broker partner do it!). You might get your invoice at one point, your bill of lading at another, your final landed costs months later… and wait, you did get your tariffs right… right? Here at Clearit, we take pride in taking some of the confusion out of importing. Today, we’re going to go over one of the most important pieces you hav...

What is a Customs Broker: All Your Burning Questions

The world of international trade is complicated — hundreds of laws, thousands of codes, a million little quirks… it’s no wonder so many people have so many questions. Even longtime importers might feel a little fuzzy on some of the details — that’s why we’re here to be the experts! Through our work, we see some questions come up a lot. To help out anyone with those burning customs and importing questions, we put our heads together ...

Container Shipping: A Crash Course

In 1961, the International Organization for Standardization (IOS) changed international trade forever. After container shipping was introduced onto the importing/exporting scene in 1956 by Malcom McLean — whose contributions to modern international trade cannot be understated — the IOS introduced standardized container sizes. With standardized measurements making loading a ship much simpler, container shipping took off. International tr...

Ethical Importing: The Power of Sustainable Supply Chains

Supply chains around the world have evolved from simple procurement and payment relationships to tangled, complex webs. Over 820,000 Canadians are employed in supply-chain-related activities overseeing thousands of trade transactions at every step of the line. Managing supply chains is costly; supply chain costs are 79% of petroleum sales, 67% of vehicle sales, and aren’t much lower for anyone else. Adding additional costs and considerations...

How to Save Time at Customs

You’ve checked… and checked… and checked… and your shipment is still at customs. No one seems to be able to tell you why, and without your stock you’re losing money. You did everything right — as far as you know — but your shipment just is not clearing. Why? Customs delays can feel inevitable, and depending on when you’re importing, they might be.  Some factors will always be out of your control, like high mail volume or audit...