Shipping to Canada FAQs

Posted by Greg McCreary on April 11, 2018 - 8:03 AM

Shipping freight between Canada and the United States

In 2016, the United States-Canada trade market exceeded $600 billion, making Canada the United States’ second-largest trade partner after China. Though trade between these two North American giants is common, for those new to international shipping, the process can seem overwhelming. With regulations to follow and documentation to complete, shippers have a lot to consider. That’s why using a company like ArcBest®, with cross-border shipping certification and relationships with trusted customs brokers, is crucial.

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California Shipping Regulations

Posted by Justin Bates on December 13, 2017 - 8:02 AM

Shipping freight to California

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.

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Shipping to Mexico from the USA

Posted by Ciro Gonzalez on September 13, 2017 - 8:06 AM

Getting shipments to Mexico

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.

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Why Carrier Certifications Matter When Shipping to Canada

Posted by Joanne Laurendeau on August 23, 2017 - 8:03 AM

What certifications should a carrier have when shipping freight to Canada?

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.

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ABF Freight Customs Brokerage Service Helps Grow Customer’s Business

Posted by Jennifer Faldon on May 13, 2016 - 3:48 PM

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.

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Annual Value of U.S.-Canada Freight Exceeds $650 Billion

Posted by Joanne Laurendeau on January 14, 2016 - 3:22 PM

Shipping from the U.S. to Canada

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.

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Who is Responsible for Canadian Customs Compliance?

Posted by Joanne Laurendeau on September 2, 2015 - 8:01 AM

Responsibilities Vary for Canadian Customs Compliance

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.

Canadian Customs Compliance Shipper Responsibility

To ensure Canadian customs compliance, the shipper is responsible for providing:

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