FINAL -- March 6, 2017
Near North Customs Brokers of Barrie, ON Acquires Summit Customs Brokers of Richmond, B.C.
-- Expands Portfolio and Geographic Reach --
BARRIE – Ontario – March 7, 2017 -- Near North Customs Brokers (NNCB) announced today that it has acquired Summit Customs Brokers of Richmond, B.C. The purchase enables Near North to access new geographic markets in British Columbia and add complimentary services to its existing portfolio of offerings.
Summit Customs Brokers provides a comprehensive range of services to enable items such as commercial goods, parcels and cars to cross the Canada border with ease. It assists both individuals and importing businesses of all sizes and in all industries including retail, petroleum, and industrial equipment manufacturing. It has extensive knowledge of Canadian customs laws and a long history of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) compliance.
"This was a strategic business move for Near North, but it goes beyond acquiring new offerings and greater reach," said Dave Jupp, vice president sales, NNCB. "Of importance to both companies were our shared values of operating with integrity, excelling as a true business partner for our customers, being an employer of choice, and giving back to the community. Summit has long been on our radar due to its excellent reputation and we are delighted to make this deal a reality."
"Summit Customs Brokers was established in 1993 and three generations of our family have helped grow the business to where it is today," said Sharmaine Shultz, president & CEO, Summit Customs Brokers. "Naturally, a great deal of care goes into such a transaction. We had to be certain our customers, employees, reputation, and legacy would transfer to a business that values what we have built and who will take that to the next level. We are delighted to have found such a company in Near North Customs Brokers."
"We are confident that this step will benefit our customers and employees," said Steven Kendall, vice president Summit Customs Brokers. "We have known Near North for a long time now and believe our corporate cultures and our offerings are a solid fit that should spur future growth and success."
Sharmaine Shultz and Steven Kendall will remain in their current roles leading the Summit Group.
Headquartered at Vancouver International Airport, Summit Customs Brokers has additional offices in Penticton, Vernon, Kelowna, the Pacific Highway Border Crossing in Surrey, the Osoyoos Border Crossing, Whitehorse, and Oroville in WA. For more information about Summit Customs Brokers visit www.summitcb.com
About Near North Customs Brokers
Established in 1990, Near North Customs Brokers provides superior customs brokerage, consulting services, and freight forwarding to customers from any point in the world. Based in Barrie, Ontario, Near North Customs Brokers has four additional locations in Canada: Toronto, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie and Edmonton, as well as an office in New York, USA. Near North Customs is a proud member of Manitoulin Group of Companies. For more information about Near North Customs Brokers visit www.nearnorthcustoms.com/
Angela Rea PR -- for Near North Customs Brokers
(1) 905 304 9638
BARRIE – Ontario – January 9, 2017 -- Near North Customs Brokers Inc is very pleased to announce the acquisition of Service Plus International Inc based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Since 1995 Service Plus has been operating as a full service Customs Brokerage House. President Bob Hobson and his team provide Canadian and US Customs Brokerage Services with a specialty in the Trade Show and Entertainment Industry. This acquisition is strategic not only from the quality of personnel and customers we will be working with, but also provides us with an office in a very important market for Near North Customs Brokers Inc.
We welcome them to the Near North and Manitoulin Group of Companies family.
CBSA has released its 2017 compliance verification priorities for tariff classification and valuation, which can be found in detail at http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/import/verification/menu-eng.html.
Trade compliance with the Tariff Classification, Valuation and Origin programs is managed using the following two post-release verification processes.
1) Random verifications
2) Verification priorities
Random verifications are designed to measure compliance rates and revenue loss and the results may be used for many purposes, including:
Targeted verification priorities are determined through a risk based, evergreen process, meaning that new targets are added continually throughout the year.
The following items have now been included as a priority in the tariff classification category:
Stone Blocks and Slabs
Sausages and Similar Products
In addition to the new priorities, CBSA has issued a third round of classification verification for curling irons, and second round verifications for batteries, special purpose motor vehicles, parts for power trains, bicycle parts and sacks and bags under Tariff Item 9903.00.00.
If your company imports any of the products on this list, please give us a call. You will likely be targeted for a potential compliance audit. If you do receive a call or letter from Canada Customs, please contact your Near North account representative before you provide any information to CBSA. The time allotted to provide information can be very short.
If you would like to discuss the classification, valuation or determination of origin of any of the goods you import, not only for the goods listed, please don't hesitate to contact Near North's Compliance or Consulting department.
Dear Valued Client,
Transport Canada has announced that the RIV fee for vehicles imported into Canada from the U.S and for vehicles imported for parts will be increasing. Effective January 1, 2017 the Registrar of Imported Vehicles fee will increase to $295.00 per vehicle and $90.00 for vehicles imported for parts.
Near North Customs Brokers Inc.