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Advice to Our Members on Importing into Canada

Canadian residents who purchase products from another country are responsible for importing them legally. It is of no consequence if you are purchasing wholesale for your business or buying a gift from Amazon.com. Either way you must complete forms and pay required fees.

Guide for Importing Goods into Canada

Step 1: Determine What You Are Importing

The first step in the process is simple. You will provide the Canadian government with the following information:

  • Product you are importing
  • Location from where product was shipped
  • Place of manufacture
  • This information permits you to move to the next step.

Step 2: Verify the Import is Legally Permitted

Our honest, law-abiding citizens have no worry about importing illegally,. especially if you are simply ordering online from the U.S. It is unlikely you item is prohibited. Nevertheless, confirm that it is a legal transaction. Memoranda Series D9; contains a list of prohibited goods. We also provide a simplified list under point four Listed Here.

Step 3: Calculate the Tariff, Duty Rate and GST Tax

This is a calculation of the taxes and fees you must pay for importing a product.

The tariff, duty rate and GST/HST tax are all affected by the product imported, its country of origin and the value of the product. The laws governing this are complex in order to cover the many types of products and many countries from which they are imported. To determine the fees citizens must pay, the Canadian government prepared a guide providing necessary phone numbers under points six through 10 of their Guide on Importing. This calculation is very complex and lengthy, so many hire customs brokers. As a customs broker, ClearSmart.ca calculates applicable taxes and fees for you, and much faster than you can because they perform this task for clients daily. ClearSmart.ca simultaneously pays your fees to the Canadian government for you, further accelerating your receipt of your imported goods.

Step 4: Receiving Goods in Canada

Once the paperwork is completed and fees paid, you receive your goods. Customs officials will gladly meet you at the location where your shipment arrives in Canada., enabling you to go to their location to complete paperwork and personally receive your goods. However, most would rather not spend their day waiting at a customs way point. ClearSmart.ca is able to receive your goods for you at the customs location, pay the applicable fees and forward the package to you. To take advantage of this optional service, notify your courier, such as UPS, etc., that ClearSmart.ca will receive all of your international shipments into Canada. This action is one time only. Afterward, notify ClearSmart.ca when you expect a shipment by relaying your tracking code to them.

How to Can Save Money Importing

ClearSmart.ca saves people and businesses money and time. They cannot eliminate all taxes and fees, but they are able to ensure your payment is minimal.. You also avoid C.O.D. Fees, thereby reducing your total costs. Your greatest benefit of using ClearSmart.ca is saving time. "Time is money' is true. The time you would have to spend sorting government forms, on hold with various phone calls and going to customs warehouses has a value. ClearSmart.ca will do all that work for you. You will be emancipated.