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Free trade: Canada & E.U.

Free trade: Canadian-European Trade pact close to completion- Great news for our euro importers and exporters!   Canadian and European negotiators are putting the final touches in  principal on a free trade agreement between the two nations. The pact will soon be sent to provincial legislatures for approval as Canada's Conservative government tries to fuel economic growth. The Harper government emphasized yesterday during the From the Thr...

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...

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...

What to Expect: Secondary Inspections and Services

Secondary Inspections  The CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) is the first line of defense for anything and anyone entering the country. CBSA officers work tirelessly around the clock to ensure Canada's safety & security by managing and monitoring access to persons and goods. Whether arriving by land, sea or air, at any point during your interaction with a CBSA officer, you may be referred for secondary inspection. Not to worry though. B...

Personal Exemptions: What to expect Cross-Border Shopping

Everyone and their uncle have a different number when it comes to the value of goods you can bring back with you from the USA duty and tax free. Whether it's for a day, a weekend, or a month - We're setting the record straight on personal exemptions.   As a Canadian Citizen or Resident of Canada returning from abroad, duties and taxes are applicable on all purchases unless you qualify for a personal exemptions.  If you have been outside ...