Commercial freight trucking is quite a stressful gig. Sure, it can be worthwhile—the pay (and bonuses) is often good—and traveling North America for a living can be quite an adventure (if you are into that sort of thing). But driving for a living is not easy. Obviously, this requires staying awake for long hours on the road; a thing that is not as easy to do as you might think. Trying to hit deadlines after dealing with fatigue and traffic and stress can be taxing, and there are a lot of rules and regulations you have to make sure that you follow.
Indeed, you have to weigh all of these things before you can be certain this is the career for you. And if you have come to conclude that this is, in fact, the career for you—and you live in the United States—here are some Clearit customs consulting things you should know about bringing goods across the border between the US and Canada.
You Need an International Carrier Bond
Basically, you need to be certified to transport goods between the United States and Canada. When you register as an international carrier, a copy stays on file with the US Customs Agency and US Border Patrol: it is basically a license that says you understand the legal ramifications and the responsibilities of such a privilege.
If you want to pursue your international carrier bond, you must first find and contact an approved Surety. Request that this approved Surety write the Canadian Border Patrol via CBP Form 301. You can find a list of approved sureties, which is known as Circular 570, at the Canadian Treasury Financial Management Service’s website.
You Must Meet the 2002 TRADE Act Requirements
Set forth in 2002, the Canadian Border Patrol began enforcing The Required Advanced Electronic Presentation of Cargo Information regulation in 2004. Since then, it has been required for all who wish to transport goods across the US-Canada border to notify the CBP of the cargo you will be transporting.
You Should Utilize CBP Programs
In 2002, the US launched the Free And Secure Trade program (FAST) in an effort to more consistently and effectively promote free and secure trade (obviously) between the US and Canada. This program can help you to expedite your customs clearance process thanks to special lanes at the border dedicated to those who subscribe to the service.