Canada Customs: Services


To make your experience simple and seamless, Near North is here to help.

When importing a vehicle, as cargo or freight, for commercial or personal use, you must follow the regulations and policies of Canada Customs.


International Vehicle Shipping Laws

The first step in the vehicle import process is to register the vehicle with the AES (Automated Export System) through our US office (call 1-705-999-9160, or email [email protected])

AES is mandatory for all USED self-propelled vehicles. New vehicles are exempt from the AES process only if they are sold dealer-to-dealer; otherwise, they are not considered new and will have to follow the AES registration process.

Once the AES registration has taken place, an ITN number is issued. The ITN number must be sent to the USA port (72 hours in advance of the vehicle being shipped) and will act as the 72 hours’ prior notice.

Our Near North USA office provides AES registration for both personal and commercial vehicle imports. Most Non-Resident USA-registered customers will need an agent to file through AES registration. For those who do not require Near North to clear their vehicle import, Near North USA can act as an agent to file AES for them.

Helpful Links to Vehicle Shipping and Importing Requirements:

AES Filing and Vehicle Import PDF
Importing Canada
Import Canada, Importer Security Filing




When claiming an import under the E29B form, there are many restrictions as to what items will qualify and are eligible for full relief of GST/HST.

In some cases, a security deposit will be required depending on the officer’s discretion. For those importing temporary goods frequently, they will require to deposit standing security in the form of a bond.

Any items that are for rental, lease, or require further processing (i.e. changing its original state) will not qualify under the E29B, Temporary Admission Permit.

For more information on temporary freight or cargo imports in the form of an E29B, please see Memorandum D8-1-1 with CBSA or contact us directly at [email protected].


Being able to showcase your products to prospective buyers and vendors provides the opportunity to expand into new industries and markets around the world. Tradeshows can be a seamless process if you understand the Customs requirements. Near North Customs Broker’s is here to assist with your trade show needs.

  • Most tradeshows will require the use of an E29B which will allow for more flexibility.
  • If the tradeshow consists of goods coming into Canada as consumer products to be sold, they will be required to be imported as a regular B3 Entry in which duties and taxes will be required to be paid at the time of import.

For more information regarding the requirements of cargo or freight shipping of goods for tradeshows, please contact our office at [email protected] or visit Canada’s Customs website Memorandum D8-1-1.



Have a vendor in the US who doesn’t ship to Canada? Near North Customs Brokers has a solution for you!

With our convenient SPS (Small Parcel Service) program, you can have your goods shipped directly to our warehouse location in Sault Ste Marie, MI for pickup and customs clearance into Canada.

In addition to customs clearance, Near North also offers full delivery services directly to your doorstep.

For more information about our SPS program and additional service solutions, please contact our client services department at [email protected].

Small Parcel Service (SPS)


In some cases, goods previously exported will potentially need to be returned to Canada. This could be due to customer issues with products, trade shows, demonstrations, temporary importations or other extenuating circumstances. These situations allow the importer to take advantage of either tariff 9813.00.00 or 9814.00.00 to alleviate customs duties and GST on the re-importation of the goods.

In order to be able to process the entry under the aforementioned tariffs, proof of export will need to be provided to have on file for CBSA, in the case of a potential audit. Failure to provide proof of export may result in the denial of relief of duties and/or taxes and potential contraventions resulting in AMPS penalties levied by CBSA.

By utilizing Near North Customs Brokers for both your import and export operations allow easy access to proof of export for any previous shipments through our SmartBorder program. This removes unnecessary administrative burdens from our clients, allowing them a peace of mind knowing that their shipments are completed efficiently and compliantly within Canada Customs regulations.

For more information please contact: [email protected]