Importing vehicles can be tough if not done properly. Incomplete or missing paperwork along with improper tariff classifications are some of the most common reasons behind the delays of shipment. This can alert the CBSA as it may show that you are not legally obliged for that shipment which will lead to more delay. Understanding your legal obligations, getting your paperwork correct, and avoiding these mishaps can easily save up your time and money. The CBSA requires a set of documents and information regarding the shipment to allow it for clearance. These may include the name of the importer, the object that is to be imported, the material that it is made up of, the location from where it’s been imported, and lastly what tariff treatment it’s entitled to. If proper information is not provided, then the CBSA can easily dismiss your shipment without any notice. 

If you want a hassle-free import with minimum time in customs clearance, then here is a short guide to help you.

  • Firstly, you need to understand your legal obligations under Canadian Legislation. As an importer, you are entirely responsible for the particulates of your import, thus knowing what licenses or permits are required for your shipment is required before it appears at the border for shipment.
  • Getting yourself a trusted Customs Broker is a crucial step, as a strong supplier relationship with the supply chain can easily help you with your shipments without any hassle. 
  • Developing a sustainable training program for your employees can help you with your imports as it provides knowledge and experience to your employees. 
  • Make sure all your documentation is legit and legible as unreadable documents can lead to a dispute while crossing the border.
  • Ensuring compliance with foreign suppliers with their obligations in providing adequate shipment details and documentation including invoices, certificate of origin, packing slips, and dates.  
  • Identifying and keeping a record of the country of origin of your goods is a must, as it can easily dismiss any dispute that may or may not occur during the Border Clearance Process. 
  • Having the correct 10-digit Tariff Classification number for your shipment is necessary, as an improper tariff number can charge you with penalties and delays. 
  • Lastly, pay your duties and taxes promptly as being the importer it’s your utmost responsibility. 

Clearit Canada ensures that you have a hassle-free import shipment in Canada, providing you with the utmost care and professionalism at an affordable price.