What is a Customs Broker?
A Customs Broker is a professional agent licensed by the government to act on the behalf of an importer or exporter.
In Canada there are strict laws set out by the CBSA (Canadian Border Services Agency).
The Customs Broker is full trained and licensed to follow all of them.
A fantastic resource to help you find a Broker from the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA)
A great Government resource to find a Broker from the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
You might be wondering why I even need a Customs Broker?
The broker will follow customs regulations
They will ensure the goods meet applicable compliance requirements
Prepare and process the import and export documentation
Submit payments of duties and taxes
Clear customs on behalf of their clients
Ultimately saving you an awful lot of time and money. You don’t want to miss that one piece of paperwork that stops your shipment at the border after all
Suggested Customs Brokers
Here are some our own recommendations
Livingston International: Long established brokerage service with many professional brokerage agents.
Cole International: Friendly and professional brokerage, established since the late 1930’s.
Preferred Service Customs Brokers: Another long established family owned Customs Broker.
Wilson International: Another long-established brokerage, 24/7/365 with expert agents.
Broker Buddy: A new take on customs brokerage using an Intelligent quick quote system allowing you to understand the brokerage cost and connect with a professional brokerage agent right away.
Clearit Canada: Live agents, easy to use website with many customs resources.
Pacific Customs Brokers Inc: These guys will assist with any port of entry and are available 24/7