Clearit.ca's Blog on Customs Brokerage and News Updates
To many American businesses, of all sizes,Canada is a lucrative marketplace with over 32 million consumers. Thanks to emerging e-commerce opportunities, it is becoming easier and easier to tap this market and broaden sales. One element that has remained a problem though, is the border.
Many Canadian consumers pay for items online from the states, only to receive a second bill from the shipping/courier company (FedEx, UPS, etc.) for brokerage work, duties, and taxes. This may come as a surprise to most, and may put off a potentially returning client.
Solution: Non-Resident Importer Program
The NRI program simply allows a company to become the importer of record for shipments going intoCanada, even without a physical presence there. Simply put, as a non-resident importer, you can relieve your customers of the responsibility of importations and be able to quote delivered prices.
FAQ: Will my company be responsible for paying the duties and taxes on the items we ship toCanada?
The simple answer is: it depends. There is a number of ways you can configure yourself with Clearit.ca and the NRI program. For example:
1) integrate pricing into your checkout, and become the importer of record
2) Have clearit.ca send an automatic email to your client post-checkout indicating items are being customs cleared and to make a simple payment online
With Clearit.ca and the NRI Program:
Sell on a “delivered price” basis
Remove the border from your customers
Create a domestic purchasing environment
Control the process by managing the border