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O.K. You have just made a purchase in the United States and want to import it into Canada. Normally, if the shipment was small and travelling by Courier the customs would be cleared by the courier's internal customs brokerage, however, in this case the purchase travels by commercial truck.....What do you do?
If your shipment is travelling by commercial truck you will need a Canadian Customs Broker. This customs broker will eseentially represent you and and your freight to The Canada Border Servoces Agency and declare the details of shipment prior to its arrival to the border.
You will need a commercial invoice from the Seller "shipper". This document is all that Canada customs cares about (unless you are shipping a product that required additional regulatory approval - like food). The commercial invoice should include (at a minimum) The sellers information, the buyer's information, a shipment description along with the # of units and the cost per unit, the date purchased and currency type used.
When the Carrier arrives at the Shipper in the U.S. and receives the freight from the shipper he should also receive a copy of the commerical invoice. When the carrier receives this document he will immediately place a bar-coded sticker on the commercial invoice (referred to as a PARS sticker) and fax it to the Canadian customms broker.
When the customs broker receives this document, the customer broker will immediately know which client it is for (listed as the importer/buyer) and will also have the shipment details and associated cost to report to customs. Additionally, the customs broker will also notify customer which carrier will be arriving at the border with the shipment (which was the purpose of the PARS Sticker).
When the Carrier arrives at the border with the shipment he will present the commercial invoice to the Border patrol agent. The Customs official will scan the bar code on the PARS sticker and will immediatley recognize the shipment in his system (the details were entered by the customs broker).
The truck will proceed through for delivery.
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You can also feel free to visit our online Shipping School for help with terminology and definitions. Our agents are equipped to assist you with all aspects of the shipping process. Once your shipment is is in transit you can also track the customs clearance status by visiting our customs portal and locating the appropriate customs broker.
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