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:
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.
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
Relationship With Customs
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.
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.