So you’re shipping to Canada, eh?

Tips for shipping in and out of CanadaShipping to and from Canada means moving freight across an international border. Though the process is very standard, there are some special considerations and documentation needed to make sure your shipment makes it through customs to its destination.

Here are a few of the unique aspects to remember in order to ensure seamless delivery when shipping to and from Canada:

All shipments to and from Canada must utilize a customs broker.  The customs broker is responsible for clearing goods into another country and navigating the customs protocol.  Many businesses that frequently ship freight into Canada have a customs broker.  Freightquote regularly works with Willson International, an expert in Canadian and US customs brokerage.

Additional documents are required. When shipping from the US to Canada, in addition to the BOL, you will need a Canadian Customs Invoice (CCI). When shipping from Canada to the US, the shipment should be accompanied by the BOL and a Commercial Invoice.

There must be a value for the shipment indicated on the Commercial Invoice. It’s important to know the overall value of your freight and clearly display it on the customs documents because the freight’s value is verified at the border. The declared value is used to determine import taxes.

Fees are paid by the receiver. Unless specifically stated, all brokerage fees, duties and taxes are paid by the receiver of the freight.

Canadian Postal Code format is unique. Canadian postal codes follow a six digit letter, number rotation pattern.  Example: A1B2C3

Canadian national holidays differ from the US. To ensure your transit times are accurate make sure to consider holidays on both sides of the border.  Below is a list of observed Canadian holidays that are commonly not considered transit days.

Holiday Date
New Year’s Day January 1
Good Friday Same as US
Easter Monday Same as US
Victoria Day Monday before May 25
Canada Day July 1
Labour Day First Monday of September
Thanksgiving Day Second Monday of October
Remembrance Day November 11
Christmas December 25
Boxing Day December 26

Freightquote’s teams of dedicated logistics specialists have moved thousands of shipments in and out of Canada. We work to maintain constant communication with the shipper, the customs broker and the carrier to make sure we meet all border regulations and requirements – ensuring your freight arrives hassle-free. If you have shipments in and out of Canada, contact Freightquote to get the expertise and dedication you need for your freight shipments.

2 responses to “So you’re shipping to Canada, eh?

  1. Good Day;
    I am living in the States and is planning to move back to canada, can I rent a truck and move my belongins across the border?

    • freightquotecom

      Hi Patrick! Freightquote specializes in brokering freight shipments across North America but we do not have trucks for rent. Good luck in your move!

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