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How can Clearit.ca help my small business? Part 2: American businesses

To many American businesses, of all sizes,Canada is a lucrative marketplace with over 32 million consumers. Thanks to emerging e-commerce opportunities, it is becoming easier and easier to tap this market and broaden sales. One element that has remained a problem though, is the border. Many Canadian consumers pay for items online from the states, only to receive a second bill from the shipping/courier company (FedEx, UPS, etc.) for brokerage wor...

Guide to Importing: Part 2

Importing 9.     Place your order with your Vendor, Shipper or Exporter, Identify the mode of shipping to be used (Highway, Sea, Rail, Air, Post or Courier Service) and determine the desired or expected CBSA office of entry 10.     Ensure your cargo is reported Unless you transport a shipment yourself, the carrier must declare all commercial goods upon arrival. The carrier uses a bar-coded Cargo Control Document (CCD) or the Electro...

Guide to Importing: Part 1

Importing into Canada, or any other country for that matter is no simple task. Here is a simple step-by-step guide to keep you on track.  1.     Before Importing into Canada, you must first: Obtain a business number from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for an Import-Export Account Identify the goods you plan to import – an accurate description is necessary Identify which country the goods are coming from and in which country they we...

Canada Customs Invoice: The Low-Down

Canada Customs Invoice A commercial invoice is a requirement of the CBSA (remember: Canada Border Services Agency) for importing into Canada.  An invoice can take on many forms,  we've seen some in the form of lipstick on a napkin - no that won't work.  A commercial invoice illustrates the transaction that takes place between the buyer and seller.  At the most basic level, it shows who the seller is, who the purchaser is and the pricing info...

Online Customs Clearance: Live online when you need it

Clearit.ca is Canada's first and only provider of online customs clearance and customs brokerage service.  Many people ask us why we would take a traditional service like customs brokerage and bring it online.  The answer is simple, we know what you want.  You want your shipment customs cleared with the least amount of steps, in the least amount of time, all while saving some money. You can call another customs broker, ask for their sales depa...