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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 ...

Hand-Carried Goods: PARS and RMD

How do you import your goods? Does your supplier send them along on containers as ocean freight? Do they cross the border in a truck, destined for a customs warehouse? Do you take them over the border yourself? The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) classifies any commercial goods for resale that the importers themselves bring back as Hand-Carried Goods. This is in contrast to using a commercial carrier to import your goods, and it comes ...

Canadian Customs Law: Power of Attorney

You’ve likely heard of the concept of Power of Attorney (PoA) before. In essence, a Power of Attorney agreement gives another party (either an individual or a company) the authority to make decisions on your behalf. The most common situations in which the average Canadian will encounter a PoA agreement will likely be medical or legal. Power of Attorney agreements, however, go beyond ensuring your wishes are respected if you’re in a coma. I...

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...

Avoid Delays at the Border with Help from a Customs Broker

Importers work in a difficult industry, filled with strict rules and minute details. Amongst a barrage of required paperwork and governmental policies lies a potential problem for business owners in the import industry: human error. If the proper homework isn’t done beforehand, items could be held up by Canada’s Border Services Agency (CBSA). But even with all the severe repercussions that could occur if a document isn’t labelled properl...