Should you use a Canadian Customs Broker?
If you are shipping your U.S online purchases to Canada, you may want to consider engaging a customs broker to assist you in some cases.
Why Use a Customs Broker?
Extensive Importing Knowledge: Customs brokers have extensive experience importing goods into Canada and can offer helpful advice and guidance on duties, taxes, permits, waybills, documentation, restricted goods and import limits.
Avoid Customs Delays and Damage: Customs brokers are familiar with techniques to avoid common problems you may encounter with Canadian customs, such as having your goods held up or damaged when entering the country. If your goods are held up at Canadian customs, a customs broker may be able to help you resolve the situation.
When Should You Consider Using a Customs Broker?
Although customs brokers are commonly engaged to assist commercial importers, they can also be of great help to online cross border shoppers, particularly if you are importing any of the following goods:
- Automobiles or Other Vehicles
- Expensive Items
- Restricted Goods
- Furniture, Appliances or Large Electronics
Before engaging a customs broker, be sure to check their credentials, find out what their fees are and ask about their experience importing the goods you are considering hiring them for. You may also want to shop around before choosing a broker to make sure you are getting the best fees and service to meet your needs.