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Canadian Customs Broker – What documents do i need?

What documents do i need to provide to my Canadian customs broker for a customs clearance?   One of the most frequently asked questions we get here at Clearit.ca is "what documents are needed for a customs clearance?" and while you might receive stacks and stacks of documents from your forwarder or shipper, only a few are needed in order to complete a customs clearance with a Canadian Customs Broker.   Mandatory documents for a Canadian...

Canadian Customs Brokers: APEC Business Travel Card Coming soon!

Canada Announces Plan to launch pilot project for the promotion and facilitation of Asia-Pacific economic cooperation: Great news for Importers!   The goal of the Pilot program, and the project in general, is to facilitate business travel to the Asia Pacific region by removing the need for individual visas or entry permits and allowing a free flow through the participating countries. Travelers to the region using their APEC card will also ...

Exporting from Canada: A checklist

Exporting goods from Canada is similar to importing and while Clearit.ca does not handle exports ourselves, here is some information on exports you should know:   Again, much like importing, in order to exporting from Canada is easy. First, obtain a Business/BN number from the CRA in order to open your import/export account. This should be done at least a week before shipping off your goods to avoid delays at the border. You can file for a...

CBSA: Tips for sending & receiving holiday mail

Over the Holiday Season, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will see a big increase in volume of parcels crossing the border. With most of these parcels destined as gifts for family and friends, the CBSA would like to give you a few tips when sending holiday mail.   Before sending a Package into Canada, please take note of the following: parcels must include declaration form indicating sender and recipient address as well a descript...

Canada & USA: Progress on the Entry/Exit Initiative

In a joint report filed by both Canada Border Services Agency and the United States Department of Homeland Security on phase I of the Entry/Exit initiative, indications show progress on a shared information system improving border security for both parties. The report continued to state that both Canada and the USA are satisfied with the progress and will even move above and beyond prior commitments.   Phase I has consisted of the followin...