Things You Need to Know When Shipping
Cross-Border US to Canada

Tips on Shipping from the US to Canada

If you're shipping US to Canada then there are a few things you should know. Over 10 Million trucks typically cross the US/Canada border every year, according to the Canadian Trucking Alliance. If you are a US manufacturer or other business shipping to Canada, you want to ensure that your product crosses the border and arrives intact and on schedule. So, here are some tips to help your freight reach its Canadian destination.

Documentation and Custom Brokerage

Many of the roughly 227,000 importers that engage with Canada Border Services on a yearly basis, enlist a licensed customs broker to manage the important paperwork needed for freight to clear customs. All freight imports require a Bill of Landing (BOL) when shipping US to Canada, which includes important information like the accurate weight and size of the cargo. Note that the customs broker contact information should be included in the BOL. You will also need to provide a Certificate of Origin, as well as Canada Customs Invoice when shipping from the USA to Canada. You will need to identify the 10-digit tariff classification number and the rate of duty for each import item. Finally, ensure your truck driver has the appropriate identification or documents to enter Canada with the particular goods.

Missing, incomplete or inaccurate documentation can escalate international shipping costs by causing delays at the border. This may prompt unanticipated storage frees and additional freight charges, disrupted schedules and unhappy customers. For assistance, options include sourcing your own customs broker, or if you work with a freight broker with expertise in cross-border shipping specifically shipping US to Canada, they can arrange a customs brokerage provider at a competitive rate utilizing their network of contacts.

Pre-planning and Logistics

If you are in the US shipping to Canada for the first time, no matter what the product, it’s sometimes recommended to send samples in advance to ensure accurate classification and processing, particularly if there is some question regarding classification. This would alleviate a large shipment delay, which would be much more costly. In addition, make sure you obtain your import/export business number from the Canada Revenue Agency.

Whether you are shipping Less Than Truckload (LTL) or Truckload, an experienced freight broker or freight forwarder can effectively manage end-to-end deliveries and often reduce shipping costs. Using logistics technology and expertise in Canadian shipping routes and carrier profile data, they can ascertain optimal shipping lanes, ideal freight consolidation strategies, competitive carrier rates and most efficient modes of transit.