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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 »

Preparing your customs documents for shipping to Canada

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When moving your goods into Canada, The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) requires a specific set of documents – documents that accurately and completely identify everything being imported. To help you ensure you know what documents you need, and how best to fill them out, Livingston has prepared a handy checklist called “Preparing your customs… 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 »

Managing your tax responsibilities as an NRI

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Canada’s Non-Resident Importer (NRI) program is a great way for U.S. companies to expand their business into Canada. If you’re thinking of becoming an NRI, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with Canada’s tax system. Here are a few of the key aspects of Canada’s tax system: A business number is required before you… Read more »

Preparing your customs documents for shipping into the U.S.

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If you’re shipping goods to the U.S., you know there are very specific requirements that govern the movement of goods across the border, including documentation requirements. Keeping track of each document, what it’s for, and how to complete it properly can be a pain – and false or inaccurate information can lead to delays and… 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 low value goods to Canada by courier

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Did you know that by taking advantage of Canada’s Low Value Shipment (LVS) courier program, you can expedite the release of your goods across the border? If you’re shipping goods to Canada that are valued under $2,500, you qualify for the LVS courier program. And the good news, getting started is a quick and easy… Read more »

Keep your importing profile in good standing as an NRI

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When you become a Non-Resident Importer (NRI), ensuring complete compliance and accurate record keeping throughout your customs processes will keep your importing profile in good standing with customs authorities. In addition, attention to detail – including recordkeeping and documentation – can save you time and money. After all, compliant documentation keeps your shipments moving across… 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 Whether you’re new to shipping internationally or a seasoned… Read more »