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Why accurate shipping documentation is so important


Did you know that the decision to call a freight shipment for exam is made by Other Government Departments (OGDS), such as the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), and is often triggered by a problem with the documentation?  At best, that could mean delays.  At worst, it could lead to AMPS penalties and fines, which could all have been avoided by simply ensuring all documentation is complete, accurate and legible.

In addition to the CBSA, there are 15 OGDs and agencies that are involved in the movement of various commodities in and out of Canada.

Quick Tip #14
Don’t just insure the value of the goods

When insuring your freight, you are fully entitled to value your goods at a price above the base cost. Valuation of goods may include all freight charges, related costs, plus 10% (or more) to cover the administrative burden of processing a claim and to cover the insured’s profit. Since duty is still payable on damaged goods, make sure you insure the amount of duty as well.

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