Whenever you travel between countries, you always have to go through customs. Even if you are just passing through and are not conducting any business, customs clearance is important because it helps to regulate foreign trade and also helps to improve domestic safety. Indeed, customs clearance is an important aspect of all international trade regulation as it is the ultimate regulation of maintaining economic stability.
Travel between the United States and Canada is, generally, pretty simple. You can simply drive across the border, though getting through the border check can take some time. A border control agent might, for example, elect to inspect your vehicle or you might have to fill out some paperwork. Since the US and Canada have trade alliances and share some cultural and political ideologies, the border protection efforts are more of a way to maintain these contracts than to question your behavior or intentions. As such, the border inspection process moves as quickly as possible.
Still, if you want to expedite the process you can enlist the services of a Clearit Canada customs broker to help you.
What is A Customs Broker?
Customs brokers, essentially, consult and assist in the entire border crossing process. They can supply you with the paperwork you need to register your vehicle (and assist in filling it out). They can also clarify questions you might have in regards to Canadian vehicle registration, as you might find in the Canadian Registrar of Imported Vehicles or described in the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Act.
Customs Clearance and Brokerage Documentation
Paperwork is important when you cross the border. Obviously, you need your passport, but when you try to move from one country to another, paperwork helps to verify your identity and safe, secure intentions. A customs clearance broker can also help you with Bill of Sale documents and other registrations that will allow you to bring any high-value items (like your car) across the border on a long term or permanent basis.
Customs clearance is affordable, but you still have to pay for services. At the same time, when you cross the international border you are going to have to pay tariffs, duties, and other fees anyway, so hiring a firm to handle all of this complicated stuff makes a lot of sense (and the price is quite reasonable when you consider how much stress it saves you).