Three Things You Need To Know For Clearing Freight Into Canada Lyle Hollar November 12, 2016 Finance & Business Becoming a commercial freight carrier requires that you suddenly take on great responsibility and a very strict schedule. Obviously, there is a lot of stress that goes along with a job like this—because of driving and deadlines—but you also have to remember a lot of rules and regulations. Of course, there is quite a bit of paperwork too, which you will fill out through long days of monotony and few nights of quality of sleep. But, if this is the life you have chosen, you need to know there are several basic customs brokerage Canada guidelines to follow when trying to bring goods across the border from the United States to Canada. Get an International Carrier Bond If you want to operate in Canada as an international carrier, you need to obtain an international carrier bond, which will stay on file with both United States Customs and the US Border Protection Agency. Now, in order to get this international carrier bond you must first contact an approved Surety to request that they write the Canadian Border Patrol using CBP Form 301. A list of approved sureties—in Circular 570—can be found within the Treasury’s Financial Management Service website. Meet the 2002 Trade Act Requirements The Canadian Border Patrol began to enforce the Required Advanced Electronic Presentation of Cargo Information regulation in 2004. Because of this, you must provide advanced notice to the CBP regarding the cargo you wish to transport. Take Advantage of CBP Programs The purpose of the 2002 Free and Secure Trade program (aka “FAST”) is to promote free and secure trade between the United States and Canada. More importantly, though, the FAST program can assist you in expediting your clearance through US Customs and Border Protection Agency by utilizing dedicated lanes at the border crossing. If you want to take advantage of this program you can pay a simple, flat fee that covers you for the entire year. Once approved, they issue you a decal for your vehicle that lets you take the expedited lane. If and when you choose to take advantage of this program remember that it is important to communicate with the shipper or importer beforehand so they can clear the goods with CBP before you attempt the crossing. If you do not do this the process could take a little longer; or you may have to start over altogether.