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Shipping Gifts Into The US? Here Is What You Need To Know
Misty Gibbins

Each year around this time, consumers ship gifts to clients, friends and family. If these gifts are crossing into the US from a foreign country, there are a few things you should know.

November 30, 2023
It’s Time to Renew Your Free Trade Agreement Documents
PCB Group

If you are already a business professional who knows what a USMCA or CUSMA Certificate of Origin is, what its benefits are, and

October 19, 2023
The Importance Of An Ironclad Record Keeping System
Aimee Miller

In today's compliance driven world, where US Customs is enforcing rules more than ever and issuing penalties, importers are left wondering how...

September 28, 2023
Merchandise Processing Fee 2023
Aimee Miller

Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) | So you have just cleared your first shipment into the U.S. and the prospects for increasing exports to the U.S. are high; your business plan is coming together.

August 10, 2023
Why Do I Need An IRS Number When Importing Into The US?
Breanna Leininger

You have made your sale, shipped the goods to your US buyer, and the shipment is on its way to the border. Then, without warning, the goods are stopped at the port of entry, and the customs broker requests an IRS number. At this point, you are likely wondering what an IRS number is and why it is needed. To help you understand, let's dive into this scenario a little deeper.

July 25, 2023
Import A Vehicle Into The US In 3 Steps
Gina Crews

Importing a motor vehicle into the US can be difficult. However, we have broken down the process into three steps for those who want to engage in this venture independently.

June 15, 2023
A Deep Dive Into Continuous Customs Bonds (And Why You Need One)
Breanna Leininger

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requires an entry bond when goods are imported. There are two types of entry bonds: continuous or single entry. Both bonds guarantee that any fees owed to Customs and Partner Government Agencies (PGAs) will be paid. The importer or the surety company that sold the bonds must cover the fees.

June 8, 2023
Emerging Export Market: Non-Alcoholic Beverage Imports
Misty Gibbins

You may have noticed a few more drink options on restaurant menus and grocery and liquor store shelves; non-alcoholic beverages. Although long-standing brands have held these spots, never before have there been so many options. They are referred to as mocktails, zero-proof cocktails, and contain little to no alcohol within them but all the flavor of favorite bar go-tos. With so many of these businesses opening up shop in Canada, and increasing demand, exporting to the US may be the next step of your commercial growth strategy.

May 31, 2023
Summer Cross-Border Recreation Travel Into The US
Aimee Miller

Summer is in full swing, which means more reasons to travel, and what better way to do just that than with an RV escape to the US? Although Canada and the US share one of the world's most significant and robust relationships, recreational travel for Canadians could be subject to secondary inspection when going through Customs clearance.

May 18, 2023
From Waste To Wonder: Navigating US Import Regulations Of Upcycled Goods
Breanna Leininger

Upcycled goods have generated increased interest over the past few years as more consumers and businesses seek ways to reduce waste

April 19, 2023