Moving freight across the U.S.-Canada border is essentially as easy as moving freight domestically: there are just a few extra steps involved. The biggest differences are working with a licensed customs broker and filling out customs documents. Working with a licensed and bonded carrier that is well-experienced moving freight across the border makes the process easy!
California shipping regulations differ from most other states. Factors like emissions, operating hours, shipment size and freight inspections come into play and can present challenges for shippers who aren’t aware and prepared. If you’re operating a commercial truck within the state or shipping oversized freight, international cargo, plants, produce or household goods, certain guidelines, licenses and permits may apply. Understanding and following the guidelines helps ensure compliance.
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was established in 1994 to simplify trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada. This agreement helped North America improve its position in the global marketplace by eliminating high tariffs and encouraging more cross-border shipping. NAFTA has made importing and exporting easier for businesses, but shippers still must follow important steps and regulations.
If you need to move goods into Canada, you know that a prolonged clearance process might result in missed deliveries and unhappy customers. To ensure your cargo clears customs quickly and efficiently, you’ll want to hire a carrier that has the proper certifications and licenses. Several programs are in place to expedite border clearance, but the biggest advantages come from the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program.
Shipping to Canada can be difficult for a shipper; it can even result in lost business without having a knowledgeable broker.
After a new customer began using ABF Freight to ship office furniture, Account Manager Jill Breen began talking about the customer’s Canadian shipments, and she explained ABF Freight’s capabilities into and out of Canada. She learned that if her customer’s Canadian customer did not have a broker, then they did not proceed with the sale. “It was simply a lost sales opportunity for them,” Jill said.
How valuable is U.S.-Canada freight? It’s worth billions of dollars a month, with roughly 60 percent being carried by truck.
But what’s even more interesting is that the value of U.S.-Canada freight exceeds that of U.S.-Mexico freight — by several billion dollars a month.
Your shipments to Canada must clear Canadian customs before moving to their final destination, a maze that can stall your supply chain. The process is particularly cumbersome if you are not familiar with international freight forwarding and customs regulations.
When shipping to Canada, the shipper/exporter and the carrier have different responsibilities, and it’s important to understand the role of each one.
In the most simplistic terms, the carrier is responsible for the safe and efficient movement of goods from the shipper to the consignee.
To ensure Canadian customs compliance, the shipper is responsible for providing: