What you need to know before importing goods into Canada
Shipping items across international borders necessitates meticulous planning and preparation to avoid delays and confusion. Despite the fact that both importing and exporting include many identical steps, there are still important distinctions between the two that must be carefully considered.
The procedure of shipping items into Canada involves many checks and balances. You may consider hiring a third-party company to assist you with the import procedure, especially if you need help paying the tariffs and fees that come with importation. Therefore, before shipping goods into Canada, you need to know the following:
Consider the country/countries of origin
Determine the nation of origin for your items. Bear in mind that this does not just refer to the location from where the goods was sent from, but it could also mean where individual parts of the product came from, as well as where the finished product was developed.
Ensure the goods being imported are allowed into Canada
It is forbidden to bring certain items into Canada under any circumstances. This covers the more apparent objects like firearms and explosives, in addition to less obvious things like old mattresses and some used automobiles. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) makes this information easily accessible to you and ensures that it is always up to date.
Categorize your goods
In order to ascertain the appropriate level of import duties for your items, the Harmonized System (HS) must be used to correctly classify them. By studying the Canadian Customs Tariff, you will be able to identify the HS identification number that applies to your items.
Consider taxes and duties
When estimating the duties and taxes that will be applied to your cargo, there are a number of factors to take into consideration, including the import duties, the products’ value, and their qualification for national taxation. When situations like this arise, having a customs broker at your side will be of the utmost benefit.
Ship and report your imports to the CBSA
The CBSA must be notified of the arrival of any and all commercial items that are brought into Canada. Your preferred carrier may offer to handle your customs paperwork for a charge if the value of your package is less than $3,300 CAD.
Receive your imported goods
If you use the services of a customs broker, the majority of this will be taken care of by them. If you import a significant amount of products on a regular basis, you may be eligible to apply for a Release on Minimum Documentation (RMD). If not, you will be required to pay any and all applicable customs and taxes prior to your items being released.
Here at Logic-ology, we are the experts when it comes to cross-border shipments, and importing and exporting our customers’ goods into Canada is part of our expertise. Reach out to our team today to see how we can help you!