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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...

You’ve Purchased Something in the US – Now What?

We get a lot of phone calls and emails from businesses who have just made a purchase in the US and want to know the next step.  Whether you are importing T-Shirts, Lawn Furniture, printing press etc. You will need to clear your shipment through customs and the easiest way to do this is with Clearit.ca.  As your customs broker, we will declare your shipment to customs, and pay the applicable duties and taxes to Canada Border Services Agency (CBS...

Why Import?

You may ask yourself: Why import my products when i can find them at a local supplier? but... why not?  As a business owner, you should constantly be looking at ways to better your product or service while trying to positively affect your bottom line. One way to do this is to expand your purchasing horizon. Although it may require more effort, importing products from outside of Canada rather then buying directly from domestic suppliers can repr...