What You can Expect from US-Canada Customs Brokerage Assistance

As a United States citizen, any time you cross the northern international border—between the US and Canada—and you bring certain goods along with you, you are actually participating in the international trade market.  This, of course, is a simplification, but it makes sense.

When you buy something in the United States and then try to bring that item across the border into Canada—and vice versa—the reality is that you may have to pay taxes or duties. These are necessary as a means to ensure that your purchase was for personal use and not to redistribute or resell; indeed, it is a strategy for encouraging healthy international trade.

With that in mind, though, if you are planning to bring something of immense value across the Us-Canada border—like a vehicle, or your household furniture—you may need to get all of the items you are brining cleared with a customs agent.

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When you hire a Clearit customs brokerage service, they can help you with a variety of importing procedures, requirements, regulations, and paperwork:

  • Customs manuals
  • Binding rulings
  • Document preparation
  • Free and secure trade regulation
  • Harmonized tariff appeals
  • Valuation appeals
  • Government appeals
  • Duty drawbacks
  • Compliance audits
  • Harmonized tariff system classifications
  • Duty rates
  • Tax requirements
  • Tax exemptions
  • Trade agreements
  • Foreign trade zone analysis
  • Incoterm Expertise
  • Customs-trade partnership against terrorism


Any time you import a vehicle it is probable that you will have to pay certain import duties and taxes, as well as excise fees.  This can include:

  • A standard Import Duty on non-NAFTA vehicles, calculated at 6.1 percent of the value of your vehicle
  • A standard Goods & Services Tax on any vehicle imported into the Canada, from the United States, calculated at a rate of 5 percent
  • Sales tax calculated at the provincial rate of your vehicle’s value
  • A flat $100 Air Conditioning excise tax (on vehicles with air conditioning)
  • Excise weight tax on vehicles weighing more than 2,007 kg (4,425 lbs)
  • Fuel consumption excise tax between $1000 to $4000 on vehicles that have a weighted average fuel consumption with a rating higher than 13

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