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Shipping To Canada

Everything you wanted to know about shipping to Canada but were afraid to ask!
We've put all the information together, so you can concentrate on your business.

Documents to Complete BEFORE You Ship

Bill of Lading Please click here to complete on-line.
Canada Customs Invoice
The seller's invoice to the importer clearly defining the type of goods, quantity, price of each type and terms of sale.

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Certificate of Origin - NAFTA
A NAFTA Certificate of Origin is required for merchandise coming from or going to any of the three NAFTA countries (U.S., Canada and Mexico) to be eligible for preferential duty treatment (free or reduced rates).

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Certificate of Origin - NON NAFTA
If the shipment was manufactured outside the U.S. or Canada, use a non-NAFTA Certificate of Origin.

Be sure and give ALL completed paperwork to the driver upon shipping.

All About Customs Brokers

What is a customs broker, and why do I need one?
Canadian brokers are licensed to clear goods into Canada and they have offices or a representative at the Canadian port of entry where the goods will cross. Your goods will be crossing the border on a commercial vehicle; therefore, Canada Customs needs to receive information about your shipment in advance or at time of crossing so they may determine if the goods are eligible for entry into Canada and all the accounting requirements are met. A broker ensures these requirements are met, and will notify you if there are any problems which may delay your shipment.
How do I find a broker?
The importer has the option to do the customs entry, or hire a customs broker who acts as an agent on your behalf.
Why is it important to include broker information on my Canada Customs Invoice?
The Importerís broker name and account number must appear on the customs invoice. If we do not have the broker information available when the driver crosses the border, the driver will have to put the shipment in-bond to a bonded warehouse until the goods can be cleared and authorized for delivery by Canada Border Services Agency. This may delay the delivery of your shipment.
What about duties and taxes?
The customs broker may pay the duties and taxes on behalf of the importer of record (the owner or purchaser of goods); however, the importer of record is ultimately responsible for these fees.

What is a Canada Customs Invoice?

The seller's invoice to the importer clearly defining the type of goods, quantity, price of each type and terms of sale.

The customs broker name and account number must appear on the customs invoice. If we do not have the broker information available when the driver crosses the border, the driver will have to put the shipment in-bond to a bonded warehouse until the goods can be cleared and authorized for delivery by Canada Border Services Agency. This may delay the delivery of your shipment.

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What are my options for clearing goods into Canada?

PARS (Pre Arrival Review System)
This is the fastest way to clear your goods into Canada. It is a program that allows the importers and custom brokers to submit information to Canada Border Services Agency for review and processing prior to the arrival of goods. Please speak with your importer or broker.
CSA
This option is only available for CSA approved importers.
In-Bond (Inland Customs Warehouse)
In most cases, your freight will be moved to the Canadian Freightways bonded service centre to await clearance by Canada Customs. Goods will remain in the bonded facility untail an electronic or hard copy release has been received from the Canada Border Services Agency.

Please note: Canadian Freightways may NOT move your freight to destination until it has been cleared by Canada Customs.

What is a NAFTA Certificate and how do I complete one?

The North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, Mexico and the United States is a reciprocal agreement that permits certain goods to move duty free between those nations. If you are not sure if your goods qualify, contact your broker.

A NAFTA Certificate of Origin is required for merchandise coming from or going to any of the three NAFTA countries (U.S., Canada and Mexico) to be eligible for preferential duty treatment (free or reduced rates).

If the shipment was manufactured outside the U.S. or Canada, use a non-NAFTA Certificate of Origin.

Click here for an example with instructions.

Click here for a completed example.

Who is responsible for duties and taxes?

The importer of record (the owner or purchaser of goods) is responsible for all duties and taxes.

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