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Saving Money on your Imports: Duties and Taxes

Duties and taxes can quickly eat into your wallet if you’re not careful. Passing on the costs to the consumer can burn bridges in the public eye, but taking on the costs yourself isn’t ideal either. If you’re importing for personal reasons, high duty costs are even more onerous — you have no choice but to pay them alone. Thankfully, by being smart, you can avoid being hit too hard by duties and other fees! Avoiding Duty Altogether: Du...

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 ...

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...

Setting up an Import Business: What do I Import?

The world is smaller today than ever before. We wake up and drink coffee from Colombia, eat oranges from Florida, drive to work in cars from Korea, spend the day talking to colleagues in England, India, and Hong Kong and go home to stream television from all over the world. Everyone is connected, everything comes from somewhere else, and someone has to feed the demand. What if that someone is you? Getting involved in importing isn’t alway...