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10 facts about 10+2: Requirements for U.S. importers

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Following the SAFE Port Act of 2006, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection introduced the concept of 10+2 – 10 required data elements from importers (and two from carriers) that helps Customs decide which containers need more examination and which can move on. As of July 2013, full enforcement of… Read more »

Shipping to Canada: Other Government Department requirements

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Shipping into Canada can be challenging – especially if you haven’t ensured that your goods aren’t affected by Other Government Department (OGD) regulations. There are three critical steps that you need to take to ensure that you are complying with OGD requirements: Identify the goods that require special permits, and obtain permits Ensure that your customs… Read more »

Shipping to Canada: Nine Steps to Clearing Your Goods at the Border

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Understanding how the goods you export to Canada clear Customs will help you troubleshoot problems and avoid lengthy border delays. There are a number of steps that you should be familiar with, including the following: Filling out customs documentation; Having paperwork submitted to CBSA; and Completing a B3 form The above steps may seem simple,… Read more »

Shipping to the U.S.: Overview of the release process

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When exporting goods to the U.S., knowledge of the required documentation and release methods will help you troubleshoot problems and avoid costly border delays. Your release documentation must include some critical information, such as the following: The name, address and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) number of the company where the shipment is being delivered Applicable… Read more »

Shipping to the U.S.: Roles and responsibilities of key players

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Exporting to the U.S. is a multi-stage process that involves many different parties. The following are key players involved in the export of a shipment: Importer Exporter Carrier Customs broker U.S. Customs and Border Protection Do you know which of the above is responsible for paying all duties and taxes to U.S. Customs? Or who… Read more »

Common Canadian shipping acronyms

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Ever wondered just what the “AMPS” in “AMPS penalty” stands for? Or just what the DFAIT is? Customs and trade, like most industries, relies on a fair amount of jargon and acronyms. Livingston is here to help. Our experts have put together a handy list of common acronyms to help you sort out who’s who… Read more »

Time is money: 10 tips to avoid border delays

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Did you know that incomplete or inaccurate documentation are among the most common reasons for border delays? Delays at the border can be a nuisance at best and a supply chain nightmare at worst. These delays are frustrating, stressful and costly – and they’re also avoidable. Ensuring that your documents are complete, correct and legible… Read more »

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 »