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Cargo Insurance: Safe and Secure Importing

Last week, we talked to you about shipping during peak season and how to get your imports to port on time, even with the increased demand. This week, we’re going to talk about what happens when your imports don’t make it to port just right. While not a reality anyone likes having to deal with, lost cargo is a fact of international trade. It’s hard to get a good grasp on the real number — cargo shipping companies and insurance brokers h...

Peak Season Shipping: Beat the Rate Hikes

There is a peak season for everything. Peak travel seasons, peak shopping seasons… and peak shipping seasons! Import businesses and goods are lucrative ventures for resident and non-resident importers alike, but those profits can fly out the window if you’re not careful. Peak season rates jump exponentially because of the increased demand. Your cargo may even be subject to rolling — more on that later — so paying expedited fees can ...

B3 Forms: What They Are and Why You Need Them

Happy 2019, readers! Welcome back for another year of importing tips to make your lives easier — we hope everyone had a relaxing bit of time off. That said, since we’re all still somewhat feeling the last lingering effects of the holiday hangover, let’s ease ourselves back in with a single form — to be exact, the standard accounting form importers must submit to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for importing commercial goods: the B...

Importing Tips For Your Home Remodelling

There aren’t many passion projects more fun or satisfying than putting entirely new spins on the various rooms in your home. But whether you’re a professional interior designer or just someone with a keen eye for design, a worthwhile remodelling requires more than just a fresh coat of paint. Anyone who regularly scours Pinterest for inspiration or spends their weekends perusing furniture and knick-knack stores will surely consider replacin...

Double Team: Working in Tandem with a Customs Broker and a Freight Forwarder

While we often discuss the importance of meeting the necessary requirements to get your shipment cleared at the border into Canada once it reaches that point, there is still an entire voyage that your imported goods will go on — and each step in that journey — to consider. Oftentimes, customs brokers will team up with another group of experts called freight forwarders to get your shipment from point A to point B. There are two keys to d...