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Customs Brokerage Services in Canada
Need to clear customs fast? Our experienced technical experts can help your goods clear quickly and efficiently with our electronic customs-clearance network. How? By taking advantage of the latest customs release initiatives and reviewing your goods to make sure they comply with product-specific regulations.
We realize that international trade issues can be challenging. Our customs experts can guide you through the complexity of:
- CUSMA/USMCA compliance
- Tariff classification
- Duty/tax recovery
- Temporary importation bonds, form E29B
- Export services, including entry in the Canadian Export Reporting System (CERS)
- Specific product requirements
This new account revenue management program requires importers to register with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) directly through the Customs Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) client portal. Since CBSA is changing the way all goods will be imported into Canada, you will need to create an account directly with CBSA, delegate authority to Lynden Canada Co. as your customs broker, and obtain a bond. At your convenience, please access the CARM Client Portal to set up your account. All customs brokers, importers, and any third-party agencies are all required to create an account with CBSA CARM.
When fully implemented in October 2023, this program will require all clients to post security directly with CBSA and pay any monthly duties or taxes directly to CBSA. At the end of each month, CBSA will provide a monthly statement of account for payment. Clients will then be required to pay CBSA the amount owing as well as post a surety bond with CBSA for any duties and taxes owing in the final phase of CARM. Lynden will still act as customs broker and provide clearance for each shipment the same as we are currently doing. The only change will be the payment directly from the client for all duties and taxes. Lynden will only bill a brokerage charge for the customs clearance.
You can visit the CBSA’s CARM website for a full description of this new program, including its benefits, timeline for implementation, and other supporting information and instructions. While all importers will have to register themselves directly, please contact us for guidance during registration as needed.
As per customs regulations, all invoices must contain the following information:
- Vendor’s full name and address
- Importer full name and address
- Consignee’s full name and address
- Detailed description of the product
- Country of origin
- Purchase price and currency of settlement
- Terms of sale
- Total pieces and weight, net and gross
- Related charges such as, but not limited to, freight, insurance, rebates, licensing fees, buying or selling commissions, discounts, and assists
- Agency Agreement
- Business Number Request
- Canadian Customs Invoice
- Here’s an instruction guide on how to complete the form.
- Commercial Invoice
- CUSMA/USMCA Certificate
- Read more on the CUSMA/USMCA Rules of Origin Regulations.
Here are some resources that will help with understanding customs:
- Administrative Monetary Penalty System
- Anti-dumping and Countervailing
- Canada Border Service Agency
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency
- Competition Bureau Canada
- Customs Tariff
- Environment and Climate Change Canada
- Health Canada
- Import Controls
- Natural Resources Canada
- Registrar of Imported Vehicles
- Requirements for the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations
- Transport Canada
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