Contrary to what some importers assume, customs brokers in Canada do much more than handle documentation to facilitate the movement of goods at the border. No matter what kind of goods you are trying to import, working with a customs broker like Clearit customs consulting will benefit your business. Of course, not all customs brokers are the same, although all are licensed by the CBSA. How do you choose one for your commercial importing needs? We have a few pointers listed below. 

  1. Start with expertise. Although customs brokers can deal with all types of imports, knowing their area of expertise is a good point to start. Does a particular broker have experience in handling goods that pertain to your business? Do they have compliance plans in the past for AMPS? Opting for a firm that is a member of CBSB is a good idea. 
  2. Consider how active is the customs broker. Many customs brokerage firms have managers to handle the needs of separate importers. Also, they are expected to be aware of the evolving regulations and changing importing requirements. It’s best to find a team that you can rely on, and for that, their understanding of shifts in the regulatory framework is critical. 
  3. Check reviews. With so many customs brokers around, how do you compare and choose? Your best bet is to check online reviews. Because client confidentiality is a concern, customs brokers may not always share references. Google and online reviews can help you compare the choices. 
  4. Check if they agree to have an agreement. Eventually, your company and the customs broker are expected to work as partners, and disputes can happen. To avoid unwanted issues and confusion later, it’s important to have a clear agreement in place that has relevant terms and conditions. 
  5. Consider tech usage. A lot of the work related to customs clearance can be done online. In fact, your customs broker doesn’t need to be there to clear your goods at the port of entry. Ask them about how they streamline work for importers by using technology. 

Also, look for customs consulting services, which may include tasks like advising on importing norms, expanding business to new territories, and helping with special assessments. They should be able to help with AMPS compliance audits and governmental requirements too. If a customs broker can also offer GST Consulting, that’s always an advantage. 

Call a customs broker today to know more.