As retailers are dealing with ocean price volatility and capacity restrictions and looking at new strategies to keep unit costs in line.  Even if shippers can find room aboard a ship, small players are implementing new strategies including air freight.    

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The number of online orders/ parcels to the USA will set an all time record in the upcoming  holiday season of  2021.   Previous peaks are the new baseline.  Shippers must now take a "peak at the next peak."

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Importing e-commerce orders to Canada is growing with new technologies and import processes.  It is important for both e-commerce sellers and buyers to understand the potential imports costs to Canada. 

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North American supply chains are evolving and adjusting to  market volatility.  Delivery expectations have been re-adjusted as  companies adjust their  supply chain strategy.   Shippers in Canada and the USA are looking for new ways to drive operational advantages by searching via new outreach to innovative suppliers.

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Canadian customs  (CBSA)  is releasing a new system to assist with the processing of imports via the CPBSA Assessment and Revenue Management or CARM.  The  project is being phased in over 2021 and 2022 to streamline the processing of importing commercial goods to Canada. 

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In an age of ecommerce, mega platforms are being countered with buy local directories such as  Quebec directory, Panier Bleu.   Such directories play a useful role in educating Quebec shoppers about the importance of buying locally made goods.   And, via Jet, selling to markets that have an affinity for Quebec goods:  Most notably, selling to France.

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VAT rules are catching up with the growth of ecommerce to the European union with simplified rules and levelling  the playing field between postal imports,  commercial imports and EU sellers. The new rules, effective July 1st,  actually present a great opportunity for Canadian and US sellers shipping to Europe (and the UK).  Over 70% of EU population purchase online and many search for Canadian goods.

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Mega carriers have a goods problem: Too much business.  Canadian shippers have the reciprocal problem:  Higher shipping costs that continue to go higher!

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Shipping Parcel Shipment to The Netherlands via  Jet Worldwide

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Although the U.S. and Canada are among the world’s largest trading partners, parcel shipping and clearance are subject to a unique set of rules and Canadian customs mandates.   The new NAFTA (USMCA/ CUSMA) makes shipping orders to Canada easier than ever.

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