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Exporting from Canada: A checklist

Exporting goods from Canada is similar to importing and while Clearit.ca does not handle exports ourselves, here is some information on exports you should know:   Again, much like importing, in order to exporting from Canada is easy. First, obtain a Business/BN number from the CRA in order to open your import/export account. This should be done at least a week before shipping off your goods to avoid delays at the border. You can file for a...

Importing a Car: Checklist

Importing a Car to Canada  When importing a car into Canada, there are guide lines that you must follow. The first step it to make sure you've compiled the proper documentation and information on the vehicle. Prior to crossing the border, you will need to submit specific documentation to insure that you are safe to cross. We’ve created a check list to make sure that you have all the prerequisites needed to cross the border.     ...

HS Codes: A Primer

HS Codes Trying to classify goods with  HS codes code can be extremely frustrating. Chapters seem a little obscure and it is almost impossible to find the exact item you wish to import - but it becomes a lot easier once you understand how the system works and have a few handy tools at your disposal. [caption id="attachment_919" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Clearit.ca Customs Brokers | Canadian Customs Brokers[/caption] The following is a ...

Crossing the border with your pet

Crossing the border with your pet? Our good friends at the Canada Border Services Agency have provided us with some need-to-know info.  The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) establishes import requirements for all animals and animal products entering Canada.  The CFIA provides information about importing domestic pets on its website. Before crossing the border with your pet, please review the requirements. Can i take my pets? Like an...

Becoming a Commercial Carrier

Clearit.ca agents have taken many calls lately for clients who have been transporting goods themselves into Canada and were now coming to us to prepare their paper work and clear customs. What many of you do not know, is that in order for a broker to transmit your shipments electronically via EDI, you must become a commercial carrier (either bonded, or non-bonded). It is quite simple to do, and only takes about a week once all the paper work is...