At Polimex Forwarding, we understand the complexities of international shipping and the importance of seamless customs clearance. That’s why we offer comprehensive custom brokerage services to ensure your goods smoothly navigate the intricate customs procedures.
When it comes to customs clearance, we partner with a highly reputable and experienced custom brokerage firm to handle all the necessary paperwork, compliance requirements, and interactions with customs authorities. This strategic collaboration allows us to deliver a seamless and efficient experience for our clients through providing a wide range of custom brokerage services, including:
Duty and tax calculation
When you choose Polimex Forwarding, you can rely on our expertise as a freight forwarder to handle all aspects of your international shipping, including efficient customs clearance. We ensure that your shipments comply with regulations, avoid unnecessary delays, and reach their destination smoothly.
FAQ – Customs Brocekrage
How does customs clearance work when shipping internationally?
Customs clearance is the process of complying with customs regulations and requirements when goods cross international borders. As a freight forwarder, we handle the necessary documentation, such as commercial invoices, packing lists, and customs declarations, and coordinate with customs authorities to ensure smooth clearance of your shipments.
Do other government departments and agencies have import or export requirements?
Yes, some goods are subject to additional requirements from various government departments and agencies. These requirements may involve permits, certificates, or examinations. The CBSA administers the import and export aspects of their legislation on behalf of these departments and agencies.
What duties will I have to pay? Am I responsible for the GST/HST?
Unless exempt, all commercial goods entering Canada are subject to customs duty and the goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST). Depending on the goods or their value, other charges or taxes may apply, such as excise duty on items like tobacco products, or excise tax on items like gasoline, diesel fuel, and air conditioners for motor vehicles. The CBSA may also impose countervailing duties on imported goods that cause injury to Canadian industry through subsidies, and anti-dumping duties on goods imported at prices below their selling price in the country of origin.
What happens if I do not comply with the requirements of Customs legislation?
The Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) is a civil penalty regime introduced in fall 2002 to ensure compliance with Customs legislation. AMPS applies monetary penalties in proportion to the type, frequency, and severity of infractions. Seizure and forfeiture provisions are now primarily reserved for the most serious offenses. AMPS penalties are corrective in nature and take into account the compliance history of the client. Compliant businesses will not be affected by AMPS as long as they adhere to customs requirements and regulations.