Cross border shipping solutions can be difficult to find, especially as the trade imbalance between Canada, the United States, and Mexico increases. Last year trade tension between Mexico and the United States increased further as storage capacity issues forced products moving between the two countries to sit at a standstill. But as demand for exports in Mexico keeps growing, it is important to revitalize your cross border shipping process. Without a proper method of shipping products within the continent, business may slow down or even come to a halt. By outsourcing your logistics services, you can feel confident in knowing that you have effective shipping solutions and can dedicate your time elsewhere. Continue reading
Cross-border shipping is an integral part of the global economy and an especially important component of the commercial relationship between the United States and Canada. The United States Census Bureau reported that in May of 2014 the U.S. imported over $30 billion in goods from Canada. If your business is looking to engage in any kind of cross-border shipping, it is important that you ship your goods in an efficient way that also complies with all the pertinent regulations for this type of commerce.
Include the Proper Documents
The first step in making sure that you can properly engage in cross-border shipping is getting your documents in order. Important things that you need to have include:
- Your bill of lading that is filled out with all the necessary information
- Evidence of the purchase of the goods, such as an invoice or purchase order
- A license to import/export: this is usually only required for products that are regulated, like firearms, tobacco, etc.