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How can Clearit.ca help my small business? Part 1: Why a Broker?

Before we get into why you should be using Clearit.ca over other brokers, let’s begin by discussing why you need a customs broker in the first place… Navigating customs, whether it be Canadian, American, or any other country is no simple task. Accuracy and strict compliance with customs regulations is paramount, and the smallest of errors can account for stiff penalties. So what can a broker do for you? With written authorization, a broker ...

How can Clearit.ca help my small business? Part 3: Trucking / Freight Forwarding

  One headache many freight forwarders/trucking companies face on a daily basis is Broker-less cargo. This is cross border cargo given to them with no Customs Broker attached. Many times this cargo is for a client who is unfamiliar with the importing process or who imports very infrequently. It is now up to you, the forwarder/trucker to advise your client of a broker.   In most cases, it can take several days just to set up an accoun...

Guide to Importing: Part 1

Importing into Canada, or any other country for that matter is no simple task. Here is a simple step-by-step guide to keep you on track.  1.     Before Importing into Canada, you must first: Obtain a business number from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for an Import-Export Account Identify the goods you plan to import – an accurate description is necessary Identify which country the goods are coming from and in which country they we...

Why Import?

You may ask yourself: Why import my products when i can find them at a local supplier? but... why not?  As a business owner, you should constantly be looking at ways to better your product or service while trying to positively affect your bottom line. One way to do this is to expand your purchasing horizon. Although it may require more effort, importing products from outside of Canada rather then buying directly from domestic suppliers can repr...