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How to avoid delays at the border

Posted by Canadian Customs Dept. - Cole International on Nov 15, 2017 8:21:00 AM
Are your goods getting stuck at the border, and you’re wondering why? Delays at the border can be frustrating, stressful and costly – and they’re also avoidable!
Border delays are no fun for anyone. So how what can you do to prevent them?
How to avoid delays at the border
The cause of border hang-ups often comes down to documentation errors. We’ve identified the most important things you can do to ensure smooth sailing of your goods through the border.
1. Make sure your documents are complete.
Missing documents will always cause delays, and can result in monetary penalties, too – something nobody wants.
2. Make sure your documents are correct.
The most common – and preventable – documentation errors are inaccurate or incomplete product descriptions and incorrect country of origin information. Country of origin can affect duty rates and permitting or licensing requirements so it’s important to get it right.
3. Make sure your documents are legible.
Double-check the quality of photocopies and any handwritten information to make sure it’s easily understood.
4. Use a reputable carrier over all modes of transport.
Make sure they’re certified under customs security programs (PIP in Canada or C-TPAT in the U.S.)
5. Do your research.
Know what you can import, what each good’s requirements are and what you need to do to meet them.
6. Use a checklist so nothing is forgotten.
It sounds simple – and it is! A checklist will ensure you don’t miss anything and that you follow the same formula that works every time.
7. Finally, partner with a reliable customs broker.
Make sure they understand what’s important to you, and can help you navigate the customs process from start to finish.
If you do follow these tips, you’ll be well on your way to ensuring a smooth customs experience that’s free of delays... Watch Here!