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Double Team: Working in Tandem with a Customs Broker and a Freight Forwarder

While we often discuss the importance of meeting the necessary requirements to get your shipment cleared at the border into Canada once it reaches that point, there is still an entire voyage that your imported goods will go on — and each step in that journey — to consider. Oftentimes, customs brokers will team up with another group of experts called freight forwarders to get your shipment from point A to point B. There are two keys to d...

Navigating Duty Exemptions

Are you a resident of Canada coming home from abroad? Maybe you were doing a little shopping online? Or perhaps you’re moving to Canada? You have duty exemptions available to you in all these cases -- but what those exemptions are change for each context. To save you the most money in duty fees at the Canadian border in any situation, we’ve put together this guide! Personal Duty Exemptions as a Resident Importing by mail Let’s start...

A Comprehensive Guide to Importing Food

Some of the trickiest items for importers to get across the Canadian border are food products — after all, they’re ripe with opportunities to imperil human health! Improper packaging or supply chain delays can spoil items en route. Food advisories could fly under one’s radar. Lax suppliers might even forget to address potential hazards before your shipment ever gets out. Aside from the sheer number of food commodity categories with th...

Importing and Invoicing: What Paperwork Do You Need?

It’s fair to say that nobody enjoys filling out and keeping track of multiple sets of paperwork, but when it comes to importation, it’s necessary to keep track and be aware of your paperwork at every stage in the process. There’s nothing more frustrating than having your shipment come to a screeching halt because of a missing document, or worse, a simple unchecked box or a blank space. That’s why having the mandatory forms in order, as...

Agricultural Importing 101: Importing Seeds and Feed

Last time, in our continuing series on agricultural importing, we looked at the requirements needed to bring livestock across the Canada - USA border. Today, we’re going to focus on goods that are a wee bit smaller in stature — two things, in fact, that are vital to the livelihoods of Canadian farmers and ranchers, and which carry their own set of regulations. We’re, of course, talking about livestock feed and seeds (more specifically, t...