3 Tips for Preparing an International Shipment

Posted by Tania

FlagShip’s discounts on courier services for Purolator, UPS, FedEx, DHL are available for international shipments too! The international shipping process, however, may be quite intimidating for some. Things like duties, taxes, and brokerage fees may sound daunting. Here are some tips to help make your next international shipment easier and more efficient.

1. Commercial Invoices

The commercial invoice is a detailed listing and description of the goods being shipped and 3 copies of it must be attached to your shipment. For all FlagShip customers, our online shipping system is an excellent tool that allows you to generate your own custom commercial invoices.  TIP: Always provide an accurate and detailed description of your product to avoid customs delays. For example, it is better to list “sample of 70 cm x 25 cm scarf (100% polyester)” as opposed to a simple “scarf sample”.

 2. CUSMA Certification

CUSMA, also known as “USMCA” in the U.S. and “T-MEC” in Mexico, will enter into force July 1, 2020. A NAFTA certificate of origin can no longer be used for goods released under CUSMA on or after the implementation date. The certification of origin does not need to be in any specified format, and can be included on the commercial invoice, or any other shipping document. It is the importer’s responsibility to be in possession of the certification of origin at the time of importation.

3. Brokerage

A customs broker specializes in the security and regulatory requirements necessary to clear your shipments at customs. This minimizes the risk of penalties and keeps your goods moving without delay. Our online shipping system gives you the option to select either your own customs broker or use the carrier’s broker.

TIP: Leave the broker field empty if you choose to use the carrier’s broker for clearance.

TIP: Brokerage fees are included for air shipments. For more information, please contact us.

It is important to work with a reliable courier who knows the international shipping processes well in order to help you save and ship efficiently. Contact us at 1-866-320-8383 or at support@flagshipcompany.com.