Clearit.ca's Blog on Customs Brokerage and News Updates
There’s no doubt that a central part of running a business is being as efficient as possible. In terms of being a business which requires you to import goods, working with a broker is a key part of optimizing your process. Business owners have to be specialists in many different things, it’s often the case that it is not worth the time spent figuring out the nuances of international trade. Sometimes, it’s best to leave this to the experts.
You may even be asking yourself what does a customs broker do, exactly?
Customs brokerage is a field in which experienced professionals guide you in importing your goods. They are specialists in all things regarding customs regulations, free trade agreements (click here), and other regulatory red tape that might be holding you back.
You may be aware that there are a multitude of operational government agencies–with their own regulations to which you must comply– in order to safely bring your products into the global market. Most businesses start out on a local scale, but once you’ve gained traction, it’s time to look at what you can do on an international level.
A customs broker is licensed by CBSA in order to act on behalf of importers, primarily in assisting in the release of imported goods. It’s integral to work closely with your customs broker to ensure accuracy and compliance with regulations. In fact, Clearit.ca can obtain an electronic release at any border point in Canada!
What are my responsibilities as an importer?
The importer of record (you!) is responsible for providing true and accurate information on your products. As someone who is importing goods, it has become your duty to declare the goods being imported, the Country of Origin, and the valuation (among other required documentation). In hiring a broker, you will be able to easily comply with the requirements. It is important to be as clear as possible, so that the broker can find the best solution for your needs.
The ultimate goal is, indeed, to make sure that Customs clears your products from it’s point of entry in a smooth and hassle-free manner. Customs brokers save you money by properly classifying your foods and taking advantage of free trade agreements and other regulatory elements. A customs broker is a specialist in clearing customs with ease.
The bottom line is that a seasoned broker is responsible for helping you reduce shipping costs, streamline your processes, and deal with any issues that may come up during the customs transaction.