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Customs Clearance Edmonton

Apr 20th 2015 at 5:11 AM

Whenever you order items from a country outside of Canada, those items are imports and must go through Canada Customs before they reach you. The process between the cargo's point of entry and its release to you is often complicated, but a good broker can help you with every step of customs clearance in Edmonton.


Step One – Reporting Your Goods

Canada Customs must receive a report of items brought into Canada from another country, whether it is from the United States, Europe, or another location, at the time of arrival. There are a number of documents for these reports, and in some cases, you will even need permits – especially when a certain type of cargo requires approval by another government agency. These documents are electronic or paper depending on the shipper, and they arrange for the release of the shipments.


Step Two – Releasing Your Goods

After Canada Customs receives the proper documents and permits for your shipment, release procedures commence. These can be simple or quite complex depending on the cargo, the shipper, the receiver, and the intended use of the cargo. This is where customs clearance in Edmonton tends to get complicated for individuals and organizations, but customs brokers are very helpful. They expedite the process along with their expertise and knowledge, and they are licensed to act on your behalf when it comes to submitting documentation and permits or paying duties and taxes.


Step Three – Random Examinations

Everything imported into Canada is subject to random examinations, though it is important to note that certain scenarios increase the likelihood of these examinations. For instance, not having the proper documents or permits is a red flag to customs officers, and they will likely hold your shipment until after a thorough examination. The reputation of the shipper, the receiver, and even the broker also come into play here; those who provide the right documentation on time are often spared these lengthy examinations. However, because they are random, there is no way to avoid them completely.


Step Four – Taxes and/or Duties

The amount of taxes and/or duties that you are required to pay is based on the country of origin and the contents of your shipment. NAFTA, or the North American Fair Trade Act, states that items received from the United States and Mexico are duty-free. However, these items are still subject to certain taxes and fees. A broker can help you navigate the financial aspect of the transaction, secure the lowest possible rates, and even make these payments for you on your behalf. This is the final step in customs clearance in Edmonton. After the fees have been paid, you receive your products.


Although customs clearance in Edmonton can be a long and drawn out process, there is no need for it to stress you out or overwhelm you. A customs broker can navigate through the paperwork and financial aspects of the clearance, letting you get back to the more important tasks at hand, such as running your business or living your normal life.


Barbara Collins, an independent blogger, specializing in customs operations, talks about the main stages of customs clearance procedure for exports in Edmonton.

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