Toronto, ON 2010 ShipCanada.ca, a leading online transportation management company based in Newmarket, Ontario, has just announced it’s new customs clearance service for North American shippers.
According to executives at ShipCanada, a div. of Equitrans Global Logistics, one of Canada’s 50 fastest growing companies in 2007 according to Profit magazine; the integration of a customs service was inevitable.
The online brokerage, known for its proprietary freight quote technology, traditionally only offered trucking company services for shippers moving freight throughout North America. The customs offering, which will be rolled out in the fall, will be facilitated by Livingston International at the major U.S., Canadian and Mexican commercial border crossings.
The service, which is intended to streamline the shipping and customs compliance functions that is traditionally handled by two separate companies will be of immediate benefit to shippers according to ShipCanada’s VP Brandon Rowland:
“Most shippers that move Cross-border freight dread reconciling freight invoices with customs clearance paperwork at the end of the month. With this new program all applicable charges will be on one simple to read invoice.”
The Livingston / ShipCanada partnership was also a strategic move with long-term growth implications says Brandon: “When we started looking at brokerages to represent us on the front-line we knew we needed a company with a physical presence at all major border crossings as well the latest technology to facilitate online commerce.”
Shipping Canada from the U.S. will be handled in the same fashion as U.S. bound freight. As ShipCanada eyes an increasing market for importing U.S. vehicles to Canada it remains to be seen how much of the new Customs service will be marketed to include non-commercial shippers who require the services of trucking companies with customs capabilities.