Transporting Goods Across the U.S.-Canada Border
Providing transportation services across international borders (even between the U.S. and Canada) is more complicated than carrying goods domestically within any one country. All shipments are subject to the export rules of the country of origin and the import regulations of the destination country. Customs policies are very specific and failure to comply can delay the shipment, increase the costs and cause other problems with the process.
Having the shipper use a customs broker is highly recommended for most shipments. Import/export rules can change frequently and having a broker help to process the shipment is the best way to clear the goods at the border and ensure the delivery is as efficient as possible.
In addition to the actual transportation cost, international shipments are subject to a variety of other fees, including bonding, document preparation charges, brokerage fees, taxes and customs duties. Transportation service providers should communicate openly with the shipper to establish a payment process for any additional charges and ensure that there are no problems with the shipment.