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Sufferance Warehouse: How it works

Sufferance Warehouse   The major role of the CBSA is to assess all goods entering Canada and ensure their legality. More often then not, this duty is carried out at one of many Canadian border points, however when this is not possible, it can be performed inland at a licensed warehouse.   How It Works: Sufferance warehouses are privately owned storage facilities which are licensed by the CBSA for short-term storage of imported goods not...

Duties and Taxes: How to pay for them

What are duties and Taxes & How do i pay for them?  To those who are not familiar, duties can be somewhat of a mystery and seem extremely arbitrary -but there is in fact good reason for them. Duty is put in place to protect Canadian industry and is established by the Canadian Department of finance. Duty rates may vary greatly from one product to another, depending on that products manufacturing in Canada.  If your imported goods are manufa...

What is a customs broker?

What is a Customs Broker? Here at clearit.ca, we get the question "What is a customs broker?" all the time so we wanted to give you a brief overview of what a customs broker does: Importers who do not wish to transact business with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) directly may authorize a licensed customs broker to do so on their behalf. A customs broker is liscensed by CBSA to act on behalf of importers, primarily in assisting in the...

Free Trade Agreements

Canada Free Trade Agreements Canada has free trade agreements with many countries. It is important to know what they are and how they work in order to utilize them to their fullest. The following is basic information on all of Canada’s free trade agreements: The North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA is an agreement signed by the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States, creating a trilateral trade bloc in North America. The...

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...