Work with carriers that meet AEO guidelines
Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programs, which meet World Customs Organization security standards, allow cross-border carriers to ensure better shipment security and fewer customs delays. As an example, Averitt is certified in:
- Free and Secure Trade (FAST)
- Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)
- Partners in Prevention (PIP)
- Customs Self Assessment
…to keep shipments secure and on the move during the cross-border process.
Work with service providers that know the country
Many carriers sacrifice service in the name of coverage. They might say they offer service direct to Canada, but it’s often in a limited capacity because they operate in only a few of the largest cities.
Have your documents ready for preclearing shipments (PARS/PAPS)
The Pre-Arrival Review System (PARS) allows brokers to submit information to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for review and processing before the goods arrive at the border. This helps you stay one step ahead of any issues that may arise and helps expedite the carrier’s release or examination once your driver arrives at the border. The U.S. version of this is the Pre-Arrival Processing System (PAPS).
The Importance of Strong Cross-Border Distribution Networks
Whether you’re working with a carrier, freight forwarder, or 3PL, one can’t overstate the importance of having strong distribution networks on both sides of the border. Providers with a robust, asset-based network can not only reduce risk, but also they’re better equipped to deal with the complexities of moving shipments across the border. These challenges can include a range of province-specific compliance requirements and time-intensive federal customs checks at the border.
Since asset-based carriers own and operate their own equipment and employ their own drivers, they’re able to maintain standards of quality and service across their fleet. That means more reliable transit time, as well as fewer hands on the freight on both sides of the border.
A strong cross-border network also adds value in other places throughout the supply chain. For instance, Averitt’s partnerships allow us to provide our customers with extensive warehousing options on both sides of the border. We can also offer intermodal and drop-and-hook options tailored to a customer’s specific needs.
Solid Partnerships Make All the Difference
Thanks to our strong relationships with best-in-class Canadian providers, shipping cross-border with Averitt is almost like shipping with no border at all.
Polaris, strategically headquartered in the heart of the busiest cross-border trade corridor, has proven expertise with freight of all commodities and has securely transported well over a million shipments. Rosenau Transport is one of western Canada’s largest shipping service carriers, with a network of over 28 unique terminal locations throughout four provinces. Both companies share our vision of ensuring that shippers are positioned to succeed at every possible turn. Working together, we’ve streamlined the cross-border shipping process to deliver the most reliable transit times and professional service the industry has to offer.
Through our gateway distribution hubs in Chicago, Cincinnati, and Winchester VA, we deliver consistent line haul services that move seamlessly to and from points across Canada. Our unique premium ground services also enable us to shave days off traditional transits anywhere between Canada and Mexico. From Toronto to Quebec City, to Vancouver and beyond, Averitt delivers a wide range of cross-border North American freight solutions, including LTL, truckload, expedited ground and air, intermodal, and extensive distribution and fulfillment services at secure facilities on both sides of the border.
No matter what services you need, you also benefit from 24/7 online shipment tracking of your cross-border Canada shipments, live customer service, and a deep team of in-house customs clearance and USMCA experts on call to streamline the cross-border process.
Watch the video below to learn more about our Cross-Border Canada Services!
It’s Not Complicated
With over 50 years of industry expertise, Averitt can provide your business with complete end-to-end freight and logistics solutions anywhere between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. We provide reliable on-time service to every major city and market throughout the region – which means you can enjoy a seamless blanket of coverage for virtually any cross-border need.
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