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Shipping to USA

Before you Ship
Documentation is a critical part of trans border shipping. The following documentations are needed to ensure safe and timely movement of cargo into Canada. Missing documentation can result in costly delays at the border.


Shipper's Bill of Lading *
A properly completed shipper’s Bill of Lading should have following information:

  • Shipper’s name and address
  • Country of Origin
  • Consignee’s name
  • Destination full address
  • Shipper’s or Consignee’s order number
  • Shipment gross weight
  • Number of pieces in the consignment
  • Proper description of the product being shipped


Commercial Invoice *
If a shipment's value is less than $1,600 (Canadian) the only document needed is the Commercial Invoice. A copy should be attached to the bill of lading. If a shipment's value is over $1,600 (Canadian) the shipper must complete the Canada Customs Invoice. Three copies should be attached to the bill of lading, and copies sent by mail or fax to the consignee and/or the consignee's broker. (Note it is very important that the quantity/number of pieces and weight match exactly the information on the Bill of Lading)


Export Declaration
The U.S. Shipper's Export Declaration (U.S. Form 7525V) is no longer required for shipments to Canada except under certain circumstances: Goods are in transit through, or being stored in Canada for ultimate re-export to another country. A U.S. Department of Commerce or U.S. State Department License is required to export from the U.S.A. The goods are subject to U.S. International Arms Traffic Regulations.


Exporter's Certificate of Origin
Under the NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement), Duties or Taxes on certain goods made in the U.S.A. or Canada have been, or soon will be, reduced or eliminated. To benefit from this agreement, exporters/manufacturers must determine whether their goods qualify under the Rules of Origin. These agreed upon Rules of Origin define those goods and materials which are entitled to Free Trade Agreement benefits. The exporter must complete a U.S./Canada FTA Exporter's Certificate of Origin and send a copy of it to the importer. This is not a transportation document and is not required to accompany the shipment. However, to claim benefits under the FTA at the time of entry, the importer must possess the Exporter's Certificate of Origin. It must be available if requested by customs. Customs officials in both Canada and the U.S. will accept either country's certificates. But, if the certificate is not available, the FTA benefits will not be applied and the appropriate Most Favored Nation tariff will be applied. If you have any questions about the Free Trade Agreement or the use of the Certificate of Origin contact your customs broker.

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