The Benefits of a CSCB Membership
When it comes to finding a reliable Canadian customs broker, there are hundreds of different outfits to choose between, and often not much apparently separating one broker’s offering from the next. Without previous experience to go by, or a trusted referral, making a decision can sometimes feel like nothing more than a random shot in the dark. This can understandably leave you feeling confused and at a bit of a loss as to which direction to take. Luckily, the CSCB affiliation exists to help make your decision-making process simpler. So what exactly does a CSCB membership mean?
What is the CSCB?
The Canadian Society of Customs Brokers, (CSCB) is a recognized and respected institution in Canada’s international trade community, both nationally and internationally. Creating member value through relevant and high-quality education, advocacy and trade information, its membership includes approximately 160 customs brokers, among other stakeholder groups.
Why is CSCB Membership to Your Advantage in a Canadian Customs Broker?
CSCB membership is strictly limited to licensed Canadian customs broker firms. The principal reason for choosing a customs broker with CSCB membership is to allow you to benefit from the whole host of invaluable services and commitments such membership provides and guarantees. These will directly impact a broker’s ability to do a great job for you, and include the following:
- Commitment to ongoing education and training, ensuring that brokers are 100% informed about how to meet trade compliance obligations.
- Access to the most timely, accurate and up-to-date critical customs-related information. This is vital in order to fully meet your needs as a client, and includes both technical and operational information, as well as advice and guidance on the developing industry policy and procedural directions.
- Access to compliance and risk management business tools, including approved standard trading terms outlining broker members’ ethical and professional responsibilities to their clients.
- Representation of your interests, as a client of a broker member, under the CSCB’s advocacy framework. These interests are communicated to federal government departments and agencies, including the Canada Border Services Agency and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
In a nutshell, the CSCB’s leadership, expertise, and representation offer a huge plus in terms of the value you get from the service provided by your Canadian customs broker. Not only does it give you an opportunity to voice your input on continuing and evolving border challenges and solutions, it also ensures you benefit from quality broker training and are made aware of the latest border operations and how they might affect you or your business.
Orbit is a proud and active participating member of the CSCB, and passes on all of the associated benefits mentioned above to its satisfied client base. As a second generation family business, you won’t find a more professional or personalized full-service customs broker in Canada. To set up an account, or to find out more about how we can help you, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (905) 673-8798.