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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...

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 ...

Alcohol and Tobacco Limits: What to expect when Traveling Abroad

What are the alcohol and tobacco limits when travelling abroad?   When returning to Canada at any border point, restrictions apply to the amount of tobacco and alcohol you can bring back with you under your personal exemption. If you are a Canadian Citizen of legal age and have been outside of the country for at least 48 hours, you are duty and tax exempt for the following amounts:    Alcohol: 1.14 L (40 oz.) of liquor; or 1.5 ...