Today, the machinery that companies are looking for is often not available locally. What was once hard to find is now easily available online, allowing more choice than ever before. However, these goods still need to clear customs, which makes having a reliable broker by your side all the more important.
Companies working in construction, agriculture, forestry, mining and transportation have all discovered the benefits of turning to Canada and abroad for their heavy equipment needs. First, a bigger market provides an opportunity to purchase machinery at a better price. Second, the favorable exchange rate enjoyed by American firms gives them even more buying power in Canada and some European countries.
The most common problems involve missing or incomplete information for the bill of landing, commercial invoice and forms from all Other Governmental Agencies (e.g. DOT, EPA). Moreover, not having the proper labeling on the actual vehicle will result in the equipment being denied entry by the U.S. Customs Officer, which is both costly and time consuming.
RBI has a team of associates with a proven track record in helping clients import heavy machinery into the United States. We provide you with a personal “White Glove” service, which means you are assigned a dedicated associate who will oversee all your transactions, including the clearance and release of your merchandise from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). What’s more, if your unit is road equipment, we will ensure you have the necessary documentation so that you can properly plate your vehicle with your local DMV.
Our vast experience in dealing with CBP allows us to identify any potential problems and pitfalls before they even arise. Whether you need help in the import of secondhand machinery or new heavy equipment, we will meticulously prepare all necessary documents to facilitate the customs clearance and ensure a fast release.
Importers who use an inexperienced broker run the risk of having their heavy equipment refused entry, forcing the carrier to return the merchandise to where it was picked up. The end result is a huge transportation surcharge that could easily have been avoided. With RBI advising you on how to import machinery, you’ll not only save money, but also enjoy peace of mind.