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Old 07-02-2010, 01:01 PM   #1
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Default Anyone ship freight to the USA? I need your help

Im trying to ship a large car part (transmission) down to the USA and Im getting really confused with the shipping process. Because it is freight and not a parcel, and has to be ground shipped due to weight, and that seems to be making it 1000 times harder.

Can someone school me on how to ship across to the USA using a broker, duties & taxes, bills of lading and international paperwork?

Or if anyone can ship it for me, I can pay for it? Im stumped and I need to get this out asap.

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Old 07-02-2010, 01:18 PM   #2
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i always drive it across and then ship out....

theres an option for ya
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Old 07-02-2010, 01:26 PM   #3
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I dont have a passport or a truck to drive it across...
How would it work driving it through the border? you tell them your going to drop it off to someone? or do you tell them you plan to ship it when your across?...
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Old 07-02-2010, 01:26 PM   #4
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Hmm I've done it for some boat parts commercially, but I am far from an expert.

Using fedex you probably need the following:

1) Certificate of origin
2) Nafta documents (if in trade)
3) Weight, dimensions, and Freight Class (ie. Freight class 250 for boat machinery)
4) Pallet/ Pallet spaces (I think for you its 1/1)
5) Commercial Invoice (if in trade)
6) Insurance level

Or why not just call and ask fedex or a third party logistics to do it for you?
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Old 07-02-2010, 01:35 PM   #5
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Hmm I've done it for some boat parts commercially, but I am far from an expert.

Using fedex you probably need the following:

1) Certificate of origin
2) Nafta documents (if in trade)
3) Weight, dimensions, and Freight Class (ie. Freight class 250 for boat machinery)
4) Pallet/ Pallet spaces (I think for you its 1/1)
5) Commercial Invoice (if in trade)
6) Insurance level

Or why not just call and ask fedex or a third party logistics to do it for you?
I have called Fedex, same-day ready-way, purolator, etc... and shipping it isnt a problem. The problem is with getting it through the border. None of them will provide a broker, I have to find one myself, and contact them with the paper work I have to send down before the part arrives so they can clear customs and get it into the USA. I have called a number of brokers, and some of the problems I run into are the brokers only deal with companies, not individuals.
Im just not familiar with the process/paperwork/brokers to use/etc..
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Old 07-02-2010, 02:00 PM   #6
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I have called Fedex, same-day ready-way, purolator, etc... and shipping it isnt a problem. The problem is with getting it through the border. None of them will provide a broker, I have to find one myself, and contact them with the paper work I have to send down before the part arrives so they can clear customs and get it into the USA. I have called a number of brokers, and some of the problems I run into are the brokers only deal with companies, not individuals.
Im just not familiar with the process/paperwork/brokers to use/etc..
Ah let me ask some more people, my shipping manager just told me "he should ship through his own company" which is not what you are after.

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Old 07-02-2010, 02:08 PM   #7
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I tried to use the account our company has with a shipping company, and to do that, I need to get the president of our company to sign a corporate certification and US power of attorney and still forward that info to the Broker I have to find on my own.
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:47 AM   #8
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Brokerage isn't as difficult as many people thought it would be. Here's some basic things you will need to export goods out of Canada:

1) Invoice
2) Certificate of Origin
3) House waybill from the carrier
4) Export Declaration for CBSA (if goods over $2000CAD)

That's the basic documents if you want to ship stuff out of Canada. If you don't want to get into a pile of paperwork, you can always hire a broker. If you look down Miller Road in Richmond (near the airport), there are tons of brokers there you can choose from. I'm sure someone there will be willing to take your order.
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Old 07-03-2010, 02:37 AM   #9
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I dont have a passport or a truck to drive it across...
How would it work driving it through the border? you tell them your going to drop it off to someone? or do you tell them you plan to ship it when your across?...
Its quite simple with the border crossing you just have to state with documents that you are PERSONALLY (very important if you are) selling the item in question to someone.

Just a simple transaction record of some kind is sufficient and they will poke around your car and your item for a bit as they always do.

Cost and arrangement for lower 48 state shipping is so much more efficient and less stressful.

They might be a tad stricter now, its been about 3 years since I had something as heavy or as big as a transmission go across.

Hope that helps.
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Old 07-03-2010, 11:15 AM   #10
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Thanks for the help guys. Im going to try and get all the paperwork ready this weekend and try to find a broker on monday. I was told I can go to customs at the airport and get the paper work processed there too? Im not sure about that one though...?
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Old 07-03-2010, 08:00 PM   #11
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Thanks for the help guys. Im going to try and get all the paperwork ready this weekend and try to find a broker on monday. I was told I can go to customs at the airport and get the paper work processed there too? Im not sure about that one though...?
From my understanding, you can declare your exportation in any designated export office - almost every single customs office is a designated export office. But I ain't a broker, so don't quote me of this. But if you are going to find a broker to do this for you, why do you need to deal with the customs people anyways?
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I've got to ship an engine to the states too... Gonna be trying to figure this out tomorrow night :|
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Old 07-04-2010, 11:37 AM   #13
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From my understanding, you can declare your exportation in any designated export office - almost every single customs office is a designated export office. But I ain't a broker, so don't quote me of this. But if you are going to find a broker to do this for you, why do you need to deal with the customs people anyways?
I think its one or the other. I can either fax the paper work back and forth to a broker, or I can download the doc's online and take them filled out to customs and do it that way. I think Im going to go the broker route because Im sure there is more to it than just showing up with paper work that needs to be cleared.
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I've got to ship an engine to the states too... Gonna be trying to figure this out tomorrow night :|
If I figure out how to ship it I will PM you the broker I used and the documents I had to fill out. Im going to try and have it figured out tomorrow. Ricewagon has given me some places to try, Ill be checking them out tomorrow also (thanks Elwin!)
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Give Con-way Multimodal a call (my work place). I personally don't specialize in exporting/importing products overseas mainly because of this exact reason; too much mumbo jumbo involved. But I know one or two folks in my office that specialize in this area. In terms of money, you don't be a reputable company to ship, that's not an obstacle as long as your willing to pay using either bank-bank transfer or credit card. I personally have had one or two people call in that have 'freight' they need to ship but their not a business just a personal shipment and all went just fine. We don't look for these kinds of payment but since you don't have a company name that we can run a credit report on we need some sort of 'collateral' to move the shipment with. I know it seems daunting and scary to give that kind of info out to a company but thats just something you have to deal with when working with big name transportation companies when your not a 'reputable business'. This thread is a little dated so don't know if this helps or not, PM me if you'd still like contact info, I can give you the numbers to the two folks in our office that can help you.
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