Cross-Border Trade Can Be Efficient With The Right Paperwork

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For any Canadian businessman, being able to tap into the US market is a dream come true. There are many opportunities for new businesses in the Canadian marketplace. The fact is, almost 75% of American online shoppers are interested to shop from Canada. However, cross-border LTL shipping is not child’s play because you have to do everything right.

 

How does domestic shipping differ from cross-border shipping?

 

  • Documents – In domestic LTL shipping, all you need are shipping labels. Meanwhile, when your products cross the border, you will be required to present a Certificate of Origin, Commercial Invoice, and Bill of Lading.
  • Costs – Cross-border shipping is more involved than domestic shipping. There are customs duties, taxes, and tariffs on every item you ship based on its value and quantity. You will be required to declare the origin of your product and you have to pay extra costs of importing goods to another country. If you are the merchant, you have to pay all the taxes and other costs for cross-border shipping.
  • Customs formalities – Domestic shippers do not have any customs formalities to consider. When you ship across the border, custom authorities will want to know the exact nature of your shipment. There are shipping regulations and restrictions based on point of origin and shipping destination.
  • Restricted and limited goods – Every country has a list of banned, restricted, and limited goods. For example, lithium-ion batteries, high-powered magnets, and ivory are restricted internationally. However, do not be surprised if things suddenly change. Something that you have been shipping to customers easily may suddenly be prohibited next week.

 

In order to avoid delays, it is important to prepare the right documentation for your goods particularly LTL shipments. If the freight shipment suddenly gets chosen for review by the authorities, you will need to be prepared with the proper paperwork otherwise, your shipment can be delayed.

 

A good customer experience is one of the things that Titan Transline is always ready to provide. They make sure that shipments are delivered on time, every time. They have the right partners that can help in the seamless transport of your goods for a highly competitive price point.

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