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Discover more about doing your own customs clearance, and the ways in which using ProImporter can benefit your organization

File Your Customs Documents From Outside of Canada

As a foreign exporter to Canada, you can still use our self-clear software to prepare your customs documentation and account for duty and tax without using a customs broker. Some of our US clients clear their goods from their head offices in the States, as they either send shipments to their Canadian subsidiaries or provide customs clearances as a valued service to their Canadian customers. They do this under CCRA's Non-Resident Importer (NRI) program.

How You Can Benefit From the ProImporter and the NRI program:

No Delays at the Canadian Border

As the Non-Resident Importer, you become the importer of record as well as the shipper of goods into Canada. Because you originate the goods, you can actually prepare the bulk of the customs documentation before your shipment even leaves your dock. You may even be able to directly transfer the information from your existing IT systems, eliminating redundant data-entry. You can also let customs know well ahead of time that your shipment is approaching the border, ensuring that when it arrives it can go straight through with no long line-ups or waiting for a broker to release the goods. Carriers benefit from this, and may give you preferential rates as a result.
A Single Payment Every Month

If you are sending goods across multiple ports all across Canada and are managing multiple broker relationships at those ports, you are probably receiving a steady stream of invoices from a panoply of brokers. Using ProImporter, you will only need to make a single payment each month to Canada Customs for the duty and GST on your cross-border shipments, and a single monthly payment to NoGlobalBorders. Two payments, with no usurious "disbursement fees".

Significantly Reduced Costs

Our self-clear NRI clients pay no more than $10/entry (less if you have higher volumes) for customs clearances, regardless of the port, the size of the shipment, or the value of the goods. This includes all exchange rate and HS Code updates, release notifications, ACROSS releases and B3 accounting filings. Multiply that by your annual number of cross-border shipments, and compare that with what you paid all of your customs brokers for shipments to Canada last year. Those savings will go straight to your bottom line. Even better, you'll have a much better understanding of the landed-unit-cost of getting your goods into Canada. If you take advantage of this information properly, you may be able to increase your price to your Canadian buyers, pick up the customs fees on their behalf, and still get it to them more cheaply than ever before. That just makes competitive sense.

Improved Relationship With Customs

If you haven't heard of the Administrative Monetary Penalty System, you should know that your Canadian customers will soon be subject to financial penalty for improper customs documentation and processes. As the vendor, you may be responsible for them incurring penalties, which can severely damage your relationship. ProImporter will help ensure that the documentation that accompanies your shipments is fully compliant with Canadian regulations, and that all duty and GST is properly accounted for. As a result, both you and your customers will enjoy a greatly improved relationship with Customs, which will help when you are ready to participate in other importer-friendly Customs programs.