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Shipping to the U.S.: Four parts of Customs clearance you need to understand

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Shipping goods to customers or supply chain partners in the United States? Staying informed can help you avoid costly delays and extra fees at the border, which is why you need to know about the four critical points that all goods being cleared through U.S. Customs go through: Customs entry Inspection Appraisal and classification Liquidation… Read more »

Shipping to Canada: Key supply chain and players’ roles

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When shipping your goods internationally, there are many moving pieces. Knowing who is responsible for what and how the process works is crucial. Learn about the roles and responsibilities of the key players in the supply chain: Exporter Importer Carrier Customs broker Canada Border Services Agency To learn more about the above players and how… Read more »

Shipping to the U.S.: The key U.S. Customs documents you need to know

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Accurately filling out the right documents for your unique shipment can be a tricky process, but getting it right means avoiding hefty fees and delays at the border. When shipping your goods into the U.S., there are five standard documents that you need to be familiar with: U.S. Customs Invoice Inward Cargo Manifest Commercial invoice… Read more »

Shipping to the U.S.: Completing and adjusting the entry summary

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Once U.S. Customs releases your shipment you have just 10 days to prepare your entry summary and submit it in order for your goods to be registered. Depending on the goods, you will need to complete one of the following: Informal (Consumption) entry Formal (Consumption) entry Temporary Importation Bond entry If Customs finds an issue… Read more »

NAFTA Basics: Your questions answered

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Applying for North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) tariff treatments has its challenges, but the benefits far outweigh the downsides. In our guide, “NAFTA basics: Your questions answered,” we look at reasons why you should apply for NAFTA tariff treatment; why you need to qualify your goods; and who is responsible for completing a NAFTA… Read more »

Importing into Canada – Valuation is key to your company’s success

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Importing into Canada – Valuation is key to your company’s success Valuation is a critical component of your business strategy when shipping goods into Canada. Valuation is, essentially, the price of your goods in the eyes of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The valuation of your goods helps determine your duty and tax calculations… Read more »

Importing to the U.S.: Eight things you need to know

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Importing to the U.S.: Eight things you need to know Learning the ins and outs of international shipping can be overwhelming. There are multiple factors to consider when shipping your goods, from the multiple forms to be completed to the complex regulations you need to be aware of. And a mistake on any of them… Read more »

NAFTA basics – How to determine if your goods are eligible

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NAFTA basics – How to determine if your goods are eligible In order to determine whether or not your goods qualify for North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) tariff treatment, you should be aware of three contributing factors: The Harmonized System classification number (HS code) The Most-Favoured-Nation (MFN) tariff agreement Chapter four of the NAFTA… Read more »

Importing into Canada – Tariff classification and preferential treatments

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Importing into Canada – Tariff classification and preferential treatments. Knowing how tariff classification and preferential tariff treatments work can make a big difference to your bottom line, and help improve your shipping processes. Your goods could be eligible for the Most-Favoured Nation (MFN) duty rate when being imported into Canada. In addition, you may qualify… Read more »

Shipping to Canada: Customs documents simplified

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Shipping to Canada: Customs documents simplified Including all of the required documentation with your shipment is crucial to ensure it isn’t delayed at the border, costing you time and money. There are four documents which you must include with every shipment when exporting goods into Canada: Canada Customs Invoice, or a Commercial Invoice Bill of… Read more »