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Navigating Gross Versus Net Weight

Any businessperson or shop owner who moves product and cargo through shipping lines must have an understanding of gross weight and net weight. Operating your business without a firm grasp of what these terms mean could lead to a needless waste in spending. Consumers would also benefit from knowledge of these concepts, as some disingenuous companies deliberately hide a paltry amount of product behind the promise of a heavy gross weight. Tare Weig...

What Does A Customs Broker Do

A Customs Broker is the liaison between yourself (or your business) and the Canada Border Service Agency. Whether you are doing some personal shopping online or purchasing commercial products overseas for resale, chances are, you need a Customs Broker. As a personal online shopper, if you are buying something small like a book or some costume jewelry, chances are your parcel service delivery will include customs brokerage service fees and as w...

How To Clear Customs For Commercial Products In Canada

When having goods shipped to Canada, unless shipped by courier, you will require the services of a Customs broker. While it is not mandatory to use a Customs Broker to transact with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), it is highly recommended to do so as even the smallest of errors can lead to heavy penalties. For a small fee, a Customs Broker will ensure that your commercial goods are entering the country legally, are properly documented a...

How Does Canadian Customs Work?

Each and every commercial item crossing the border into Canada must be declared, accounted for, and if applicable, have duty and taxes paid in full. In order to identify a product or commodity and establish its duty rate, the Canada Border Services Agency uses the HS (Harmonized System) code identifier administered by the Brussels-based World Customs Organization. This HS code system is comprised of over 5,000 commodity groups in 100 chapters....

Managing The Customs ACI eManifest Changes

Recently the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) released a notice sent from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) listing all eManifest requirements. As the changes announced are aimed at carriers, most importers are only affected by the changes in information needed from the carrier when submitting CBSA and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) information for release through a customs broker. These changes revolve around increase...