Shipping to the United States

What you should know

There are two major ways in which goods can enter the United States: as an informal entry or as a formal entry, also called a commercial entry.

But In most cases informal entry can be used if the merchandise is valued at $2,000 or less. (There are some exceptions such as textiles, certain types of footwear and other goods subject to quota/visa restrictions.)

Formal entries are generally commercial shipments supported by a surety bond to ensure payment of duties and compliance with customs regulations. A bond is like an insurance policy that is payable to Customs in the event that the importer does not comply with import requirements.

Most exports from Canada enter the U.S. as a formal entry, and given the greater complexity of the process, the expert services of a customs broker like SCACLI are essential.

As well as meeting the U.S. Customs and Border Protection requirements, your exports may have to abide by regulations established by a number of other U.S. agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, etc. Our experts at SCACLI can help you understand and deal with these special requirements that apply to a wide range of commodities.

Pre-notification Requirements

Bioterrorism Act: If your company produces, processes or handles food for human or animal consumption in the U.S., you must register with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. You will also be required to provide the name of a U.S. agent/contact to act on your behalf. You will also be required to notify FDA of your shipments in advance of their arrival at the border.

Trade Act of 2002: Under these regulations, traders shipping goods to the U.S. are required to submit certain cargo and conveyance information to U.S. CBP before the goods arrive at the border.

FAST: A Canada-U.S. Border Facilitation Program

The Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program is a joint U.S. and Canadian effort designed to ensure security and safety while enhancing the economic prosperity of both countries. The FAST program expedites the clearance of transborder expedites the clearance of transborder shipments of compliant partners by reducing Customs information requirements, dedicating lanes at major crossings to FAST participants and physically inspecting cargo transported by low-risk clients with minimal frequency.

FAST is coupled with C-TPAT, the Customs Trade Partnership against Terrorism. Utilizing risk management principles, C-TPAT seeks to identify compliant trusted trade partners who have good supply chain security procedures and controls to reduce screening of their imported cargo. This enables CBP to focus screening efforts on transactions involving unknown or high-risk import traders. Any vehicle using FAST lane processing must be a C-TPAT approved carrier, carrying qualifying goods for C-TPAT approved importer, and the driver must possess a valid FAST-Commercial Driver Card.

Related:

Canadian Exporters Checklist

TESTIMONIALS

VX-LLC

Sear Cargo Air Cargo team has handled our shipping requirements by all modes of transport throughout the world for 15 years now. Our equipment’s are most of the time dimensional out of gauge not the easiest to ship. The Sea Cargo Air Cargo team has always tried very hard to accommodate all our requirements. They have proven themselves through the years to be extremely knowledgeable and competent regardless off how complicated our shipments may be. We will continue to work with this team for many more years and recommend them regularly to anyone who requires an experienced and qualified project freight forwarder.

John V. D.,
(specialize in the buying and selling of used equipment)

Wilcox Canada

Sea Cargo provides professional and courteous support to our customer service team along with our international distributors. As a freight agent the staff is efficient, detail oriented, and offers outstanding customer service support which is sometimes difficult to locate when exporting worldwide. We have all come to rely and depend on their knowledge and expertise in assisting with shipments and documentation to various countries allowing Richards-Wilcox to conduct smooth business relations with our international dealers.

Nadine F., Export Administrator
(garage door and hardware manufacturer)

Techflow Design & Manufacturing Inc.

As a company that manufactures and ships overseas, it would not have been made seamless without the help of Sea Cargo Air Cargo. Your team is always ready and willing to answer questions and to keep us informed with up to date regulations and changes. You strive to ensure that our freight arrives to its destination the best way possible without complication.

Mike B.
(design, manufacture and ship overseas)

Innovative Steam Technologies

We have been utilizing the services of SCACLI for shipping our heavy lift and dimensional cargo overseas. This requires knowledge of dimensional rail transportation, technical knowledge at port of origin and destination as well as ship chartering. .. They are proactive in sourcing the best possible charter for our requirements and ensuring that it is monitored throughout the whole shipping process.

David L., P.Eng.
, Project Manager
(steam technology company)

Team Machine Tools Inc.

Sea Cargo Air Cargo Logistics Inc has handled our shipping requirements for exports and imports throughout the world for many years now. All our cargo is shipped to some of the most remote places around the world and SCACLI was always able to source out an options for us….Their staff is able to accommodate all shipment no matter how complicated or to where in the world we need to send our equipment. I would highly recommend Sea Cargo Air Cargo Logistics Inc as an international freight forwarder and ship chartering experts.

Cam A., Sales Manager
(Relocate machinery and entire plants)

Hockey Hall of Fame

"The Hockey Hall of Fame has been working with "scac" for years. Their service has always been reliable and a perfect fit for our needs"

Phil P.,
Hockey Hall of Fame

Greg K.

We put SCACLI to the test numerous times – tight shipping windows, unusual cargo, challenging countries – they always exceed expectations.

~Greg K., Vice President
(interactive exhibitions worldwide)

Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

We appreciate Sea Cargo for their valuable services for inbound sea freight and road transport.  Recently, we had to rush a shipment of a dangerous good to one of our facilities.  Sea Cargo was able to provide the necessary documentation accurately and arrange the courier to meet our very tight timeline.  It is a pleasure to work with professional top-notch people. They are prompt to return calls and e-mails and provide updates on our shipments and inquiries.

Jane J., National Procurement Manager
(major brewery)

Ray Jacobs Machinery Co.

(The) Sea Cargo Air Cargo team has handled our shipping requirements by all modes of transport throughout the world for 15 years now. Our equipment’s are most of the time dimensionally out of gauge and therefore not the easiest to ship. The Sea Cargo Air Cargo team … have proven themselves throughout the years to be extremely knowledgeable and competent regardless of how complicated our shipments may be. We… recommend them to anyone who requires an experienced and qualified project freight forwarder.

~Raymond J.
(metalworking machinery dealer and broker relocating equipment worldwide)

Heather L.

We have had the pleasure to use Sea Cargo Air Cargo Logistics Inc to handle our shipping needs and export globally to some difficult areas. With their friendly staff, we are always confident that they will provide the most professional service and make sure that every aspect of shipping is handled properly.

With their resources and years of accomplishments it makes easy when choosing a freight forwarder to handle our shipments correctly and to the laws and regulations of shipping.

I would highly recommend Sea Cargo Air Cargo Logistics Inc as an international freight forwarder every time.

Heather L.
Director of Export

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