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How it Works: PARS

What is a PARS ? PARS is the Pre-Arrival Review System developed by Canada Customs which allows for release information to be processed before goods arrive at the border How does it work? The exporter completes the customs documents showing the estimated time and date of arrival at the border (and carriers PARS barcode). The exporter then sends the customs documentation to the broker so that a PARS release package can be completed and forwar...

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 2: American businesses

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 wor...

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...

Canada Customs Invoice: The Low-Down

Canada Customs Invoice A commercial invoice is a requirement of the CBSA (remember: Canada Border Services Agency) for importing into Canada.  An invoice can take on many forms,  we've seen some in the form of lipstick on a napkin - no that won't work.  A commercial invoice illustrates the transaction that takes place between the buyer and seller.  At the most basic level, it shows who the seller is, who the purchaser is and the pricing info...