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Clearit.ca's Blog on Customs Brokerage and News Updates

The Customs Broker Advantage

Do i need a Customs Broker? Here at Clearit.ca, we get a lot of clients asking us if hiring a customs broker is really necessary. Clearit.ca has many free, self serve tools to facilitate customs without the help of a broker such as an automated duty & tax calculator, HS code quick search, etc. So "why pay someone to do something i can do myself"?   Clearing goods through customs is beyond time consuming and can drive the layman crazy....

Canada Customs: General Preferential Tariff to end in 2014

Canada Customs: General Preferential Tariff (GPT), implemented in 1974, is set to expire in June 2014   Canada Customs: General Preferential Tariff, also known as GPT, is a designation which allows for about 80% of products coming from particular countries to qualify for reduced or duty-free status. The goal of of the designation was an attempt to increase economic development and trade with developing countries. Due to changes in designa...

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...