Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is an extremely popular service because Amazon takes care of all sellers’ outbound logistics needs. However, FBA sellers are on their own when it comes to international inbound logistics. These sellers must either rely on their vendors’ quite unpredictable transportation services or immerse themselves into the complicated world of international shipping. SC Integrators can take care of your all inbound logistics needs, including import customs clearance.
Limited time offer. Receive customs brokerage service at no additional cost with your first ocean shipment to Canadian Amazon FBA Center! The included customs brokerage service is limited to preparation and submission to the CBSA the required for release of the goods information only. The customer is required to pay applicable import duties and taxes. Subject to the standard trading terms and conditions. First time customers only. Some conditions apply. SC Integrators holds the right to cancel or change any offer at its discretion. Mention promo code: CBI192
One-Stop Solution for Shipping to Amazon Fulfillment Warehouses
Ocean Shipping from Overseas
EXW or FOB, we can do it all! We will contact your supplier and, if required, pick the shipment up from the factory, assist with clearing export customs, book and arrange shipping to Canada. Cargo insurance is also available.
Import Customs Brokerage
As a licensed customs broker, SC Integrators, on behalf of our customers, prepares and submits to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) required for release of the import goods information, pays duties and taxes.
Delivery to Canadian
After the goods have cleared customs, we will book an appointment and deliver your shipment to the required Amazon FBA center.
Just watch for your FBA inventory to appear in Amazon Seller Central!
Sample Rates for Popular Services
SC Integrators Ocean Freight Less-than-Container (LCL) Rates from Major Ports in China to Canadian Amazon FBA Centers in Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary Areas*
For shipments larger than 10 CBM, from different locations in China or other countries, please request a quote.
|Rates are valid for sailings between October 1st – October 31st, 2019.|
|Shipments smaller than 1 cubic meter (CBM) are chargeable as 1 CBM – minimum chargeable volume.|
|Rates are not valid for shipments heavier than 300kg per CBM.|
|Rates include ocean freight, destination warehouse dock fee, 5 days of storage at sufferance warehouse, cartage to Amazon FBA center.|
|Rates are subject to the shipper paying local origin fees and ACI fee, and don’t include customs clearance and brokerage, government duties and taxes, packaging, labeling, inspection, insurance, customs examination fees, storage over 5 days.|
|Rates are subject to space availability and can be changed at any moment with or without notice. Some restrictions apply. Rates are not valid for dangerous, hazardous, reefer, liquid, foodstuff, oversized, high value, fragile, high or low density goods.|
|Transit time is an estimate intended for reference purpose only and not guaranteed. Transit time is “port-to-port/railyard” only and doesn’t include time required for consolidation and deconsolidation of shipments, which on average adds two weeks.|
|Delivery to Calgary FBA is based upon customs clearance of the shipments in Vancouver. Transit time indicated is to Vancouver port only.|
|The transportation is subject to SC Integrators’ Bill of Lading Terms.|
FOB Shipment Process for LCL
Here’s what the typical process for an ocean FOB Less-than-Container Load (LCL) shipment to an Amazon FBA Center looks like
Canadian Amazon FBA Centers
Canadian Amazon FBA Fulfillment Centers We Deliver To
Amazon warehouses in Canada are located in major metropolitan areas and serve a combined population of 15 million people.
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First-time Non-resident Importers into Canada
If you are a company or person that is a non-resident of Canada and would like to use the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) services to sell goods on Amazon.ca , you must take a few steps before sending your first ocean shipment to Canada. Though Amazon does provide some information on this matter, we find this information not complete and slightly inaccurate.
When importing goods to Canada the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) consider you as a non-resident importer (NRI) of record. To deal with the CBSA, directly or through a licensed customs broker, such as SC Integrators Inc. or other, you would need to have a Business Number (BN) assigned by the CRA and complete registration for the import program. This could be accomplished by submitting (fax or mail) the application Form RC1 to the appropriate tax center. Although, the Amazon reference guide above indicates that a Business Number could be obtained by calling the CRA or registering online, these options are, in-fact, not available for non-residents applying from outside of Canada.
Non-Resident Importers should complete parts A, D (corporations only) and F of the RC1 form to obtain a Business Number. If you expect annual taxable sales to exceed CA$30,000, you must also register for GST/HST account program by completing Part B of the RC1 form. For annual taxable sales over CA$100,000 or net GST/HST tax payable/refundable equal to or greater than CA$3,000, a security deposit is also required. SC Integrators can help you to obtain a GST bond, acceptable as a security deposit.
Once the CRA finishes processing your application, you will receive your BN15, the business number activated for import, which consists of 9 digits and “RM0001” suffix.
Next, you will need to select a customs broker and authorize it to transact business on your behalf on all matters relating to the import of goods. You can choose SC Integrators, a member of the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers, as your licensed customs broker. In this case, you will receive both transportation and customs brokerage services from the same entity, minimizing the efforts required in coordinating your providers and reducing risks of additional storage, and other similar charges. To appoint SC Integrators as your customs broker, please request from us and sign a General Agency Agreement and Power of Attorney. We will send this document to you along with our schedule of customs brokerage fees.
Once you have appointed your customs broker, please request, complete and email back to us an Agreement with the Canada Border Services Agency to Maintain Books and Records Outside of Canada. We will then email the signed copy of the agreement to the CBSA for review. The original signed copy of the agreement must be eventually mailed to the CBSA.
The content of this page provides some information on preparing non-residential parties for importing goods into Canada and doesn’t cover Canadian sales and income tax obligations.
Legal Disclaimer. The content of this page is published for informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as legal advice on any covered matter. You should not act or refrain from acting based on any information provided on this page without obtaining legal or other professional advice.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, the import customs duties and taxes are not included in the shipping rates on the website. The amount of the import customs duties and taxes collected by the Canadian government depends on several factors, such as the commodity classification, country of the origin, and date of the direct shipment, and is calculated and billed separately from the shipping charges.
You can request to add a customs brokerage service to your shipping quote by selecting the appropriate option while using our quote request form. The customs brokerage service includes preparation and submission of information to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), which is required for the release of goods. The applicable duties and taxes are collected from the clients—in addition to the shipping charges and customs brokerage fees—and remitted to customs. The amount of the duties and taxes, remitted on the customer’s behalf, is confirmed by the provided copies of the customs accounting documents.
If you would like to know the applicable amount of the import duties and taxes before shipping your goods, please contact us.
International business transactions always have commercial risks involved, and we are not in a position to recommend the payment terms. Depending on the value of the goods, trust, and relationships with suppliers, the payment terms of our customers range from 100% pre-payment to 100% post-payment. However, it seems that when dealing with vendors in China, the most common payment term is 30% pre-payment. Then, against a copy of the bill of lading provided by the vendor, the rest of the balance is paid after the shipment occurs. The vendor would normally retain control over the cargo by means of the original bill of lading, until a Telex Release is issued.
Since the original bill of lading (B/L) is not only a contract of carriage and a receipt but also a document of title to the goods, the vendor can potentially still retain ownership and control over the goods. This happens when, at the request of the shipper, the original B/L is issued, and the goods are accepted for transportation.
If the original B/L is issued, there are two ways for the consignee to obtain a release of the goods: by presenting one endorsed copy of the original B/L to SC Integrators in Canada or by surrendering all copies of the original B/L back to the issuing office and arranging a Telex Release (T/R), which is an electronic message sent from the origin office confirming the surrender of the original B/L.
To present an endorsed copy of the original (physical) B/L to SC Integrators, the shipper must courier it to the consignee (normally a set of 3 original copies of the original B/L is issued). The consignee must then endorse one copy (after noting the company details on the reverse side of the document, sign and stamp it) and then courier it to SC Integrators. This variant is quite complicated and costly.
A lost or delayed original B/L can prevent the release of the goods and result in storage and demurrage charges. To avoid such a situation, please ask the vendor to surrender the original B/L back to the issuing office and request a Telex Release. Once the T/R message is received, the goods can be released to the consignee. The surrender and Telex Release of the original B/L is the most common way of releasing goods.
The last option is to have your goods delivered automatically by requesting that your vendor ship on an express bill of lading with no original B/L issued. Unlike the original B/L, the express bill of lading is not a document of title and doesn’t require release. This option is normally agreed upon with the vendor when a balance payment for the goods is made before the shipment.
The Incoterms (International Commercial Terms) are a set of rules published by the International Chamber of Commerce that outline the responsibilities of sellers and buyers for the delivery of goods in international commerce. Using pre-defined terms helps to eliminate ambiguity in the interpretation of obligations, costs, and risks by the buyer and seller. You can find more information on the current 11 rules in use here.
When the buyer and seller enter into an international sale of goods contract, they would normally agree upon a specific Incoterms rule they would like to apply to their agreement.
The most popular rule used for goods shipped across the ocean is FOB (free on board) (named port of shipment, e.g. FOB Shanghai port). Under FOB terms, the vendor assumes all risks and costs up to the moment the goods are loaded onto the vessel, including export customs clearance.
Quite often, vendors insist on Ex Works (EXW) terms for smaller, Less-than-Container (LCL) shipments. Under the EXW rule, the seller is only responsible for making the goods available at their premises. When agreeing on EXW terms, rather than FOB, the buyer should realize that he or she not only assumes additional expenses but also enters into possession of the goods in a foreign country and assumes all risks (for example, export customs examination expenses and potential non-compliance issues).
Another, suboptimal from our point of view, alternative to FOB would be Incoterms rules that include ocean transportation into the selling price of the goods and makes the vendor responsible for it, such as, CIF, DAP, DDP. It is common for vendors to offer an attractive rate for pre-paid ocean transportation. When the buyer agrees to these terms, they lose the ability to choose their own reliable transportation provider, and they sometimes have no means of verifying that the shipment is actually shipped. Then, they are often slammed with additional arrival charges from the agent delivering the goods, who holds the goods ransom until the payment is made.
The answer is yes and no. Yes, we can ship all your shipments from different suppliers, and the shipments could be potentially loaded in the same container and shipped on the same vessel. However, since each of your shipments is covered by a separate commercial invoice, there would be separate sets of shipping documents. Furthermore, there would be also additional origin warehouse and documentary expenses compared to a single vendor shipment. Therefore, we normally treat shipments from different vendors as separate shipments. However, on a case-by-case basis, we can partially reduce your shipping and customs brokerage fees. Combining separate shipments typically only makes sense if the vendors are in the same region and the loads are ready around the same time.
There are two workarounds for consolidating shipments from different vendors. Each has its own pros and cons. First, if you have good relationships with one of the vendors, you can ask them to acquire goods from another supplier for you. Then, you can have these goods shipped to them and eventually export with your other goods under a single commercial invoice. Since each vendor in China can export only certain kind of goods, these would only work for the products in the same category. This workaround may also not work in the event of competing vendors. Second, you can hire a trading company in China that would acquire, consolidate, and export goods for you under their own name.
SC Integrators’ LCL ocean shipping rates are economical, and customers often find that consolidating their goods from different vendors is not worth the trouble.
Most international ocean shipments get insured, and we strongly encourage you to select the cargo insurance option when requesting a quote and booking. Without insurance, if cargo is lost or damaged, you are bound by the liability limits specified in the bill of lading terms of the participating carrier. Those liability limits could be as low as $2.00 per kilo of the gross weight of the goods lost or damaged, or $500 per package or shipping unit. It must be also established that the carrier is at fault for the damaged or lost cargo.
Another benefit of having marine cargo insurance is general average coverage. General average is one of the oldest maritime principles and laws, and it is believed to have been included for the first time in the Rhodes Maritime Code, circa 800 BC. General average principle decrees that all owners of the cargo loaded onto the ship proportionally share the losses resulting from the sacrifices made to save the ship and crew in case of emergency. General averages are declared, for example, when the crew must throw some cargo overboard (jettison) to lighten the sinking ship, or if a major fire occurs. Even if your cargo is intact, you would have to pay for a portion of the losses to the other cargo, ship, and emergency incident handling. One of the most recent cases of a general average being declared was during a fire on the Yantian Express on January 3, 2019 off the Canadian shore.
The marine cargo insurance allows for cargo to be insured up to 110% of the CIF value (cost + insurance + freight). This extra 10% is intended to cover administrative costs of reordering replacement goods.
Yes, our marine cargo insurance is subject to a $500 deductible in the event of any one accident or occurrence. For more information on the cargo insurance terms and conditions, please refer to your insurance certificate and policy.
When LCL goods are accepted for transportation, our warehouses only inspect the outside packaging of the shipping unit for signs of damage. We don’t check the condition, quality, or count the quantity of the goods inside the shipping packages or units. We recommend hiring a professional inspection company to do a quality inspection at the vendor’s premises before shipment.
Please send labels to your vendor and ask them to apply them before transferring the goods over to our warehouse.
* SC Integrators Inc. is not affiliated with Amazon.com, Inc. or its subsidiaries