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What Does A Customs Broker Do?

Have you ever wondered “What does a customs broker do?” Or maybe “Do I need a customs broker?” To some, paying customs broker fees might seem like an unnecessary cost. But once you understand exactly when a customs broker is useful and what they can do for you, you’ll be able to recognize the ways a customs broker could save you money on your future shipments.  What Does a Customs Broker Do? Much like how a lawyer represents clie...

Importing Dogs to Canada: Crossing the Border with a Pet

Are you going to be traveling with your furry friend? Or perhaps you’re buying a dog across the border and bringing it to Canada? There are a few things you’ll need to understand about crossing the border with pets. Once you do, you’ll find that travelling with a pet is no problem at all. Things to remember: In both countries, your pet will be visually examined. If your pet appears infected or sick, you may be refused entry or have to...

Saving Money on your Imports: Duties and Taxes

Duties and taxes can quickly eat into your wallet if you’re not careful. Passing on the costs to the consumer can burn bridges in the public eye, but taking on the costs yourself isn’t ideal either. If you’re importing for personal reasons, high duty costs are even more onerous — you have no choice but to pay them alone. Thankfully, by being smart, you can avoid being hit too hard by duties and other fees! Avoiding Duty Altogether: Du...

What is a Customs Broker: All Your Burning Questions

The world of international trade is complicated — hundreds of laws, thousands of codes, a million little quirks… it’s no wonder so many people have so many questions. Even longtime importers might feel a little fuzzy on some of the details — that’s why we’re here to be the experts! Through our work, we see some questions come up a lot. To help out anyone with those burning customs and importing questions, we put our heads together ...

Small Businesses and Customs Brokers: A Perfect Match

Let’s make this clear right away: small businesses need a customs broker just as much as medium to large businesses, if not more so. While larger businesses employ a customs broker to help them save millions on pre-established success, the role of a broker becomes even more important to a small business trying to succeed in an increasingly online and global market. Why? Because the typical small business owner plays many parts. They’re ...