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Import Numbers in Canada: Business Numbers and AES ITN

As customs brokers, Clearit receives requests every day to clear goods at every border point across Canada. When we work with a commercial importer, we need a Canadian Business Number (BN) — we sometimes need it when we’re working with a personal importer, too. Your import number in Canada will come from your BN. Depending on what you’re importing, we may need even more numbers from you — like your ITN number for the United States...

Bonded vs. Sufferance Warehouses: What’s the Difference?

When you import goods into Canada, it’s the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) job to ensure they’re legal and legitimate. This is usually carried out at the border as soon as your carrier arrives, but when immediate clearance isn’t possible, you can have your goods move to a licensed warehouse in the country instead. By storing your goods in either a bonded or sufferance warehouse, you can defer paying customs duty, excise taxes, and ...

Customs Clearance Canada: How Long Can Customs Take?

Any experienced importer will tell you that the customs clearance time wait can be the most frustrating part of the process. You could be vigilantly vetting your suppliers, keeping completely compliant, and making smart decisions about shipping and packaging… and then your goods reach customs and the wait begins. Predicting those customs release wait times is difficult and frustrating. A blind spot on your business is never good, but there...

2019 Supply Chain Growth Predictions

We’re now nearly a month into 2019! With everyone back to work after the holidays and the complex supply chains around the world gearing up to tackle what looks to be a challenging year, we at Clearit think it’s high time we go over our predictions for growth in the supply chain for 2019. Read on to get a peek at what’s coming up -- and what’s already happening -- in supply chains around the world! Artificial Intelligence, Automation,...

What is RFID Technology and Why is it Useful in Canada?

Radio Frequency Identification technology, or RFID technology, has seen an increase in use in recent years, especially around ports of entry across the border of Canada. On average the border between Canada and U.S. sees roughly 400,000 travelers, as well as $2.5 billion in trade commodities, a day. By implementing RFID technology across specific points along the border, Canada has been able to streamline, secure, and increase efficiency durin...