Canada Customs Brokerage Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Report Covers Canadian Customs Brokers and it is segmented By Mode of Transport (Sea, Air, and Cross-border Land Transport). The report offers market size and forecasts in values (USD billion) for all the above segments.

Canada Customs Brokerage Market Size

Canada Customs Brokerage Market Summary
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Study Period 2020 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Forecast Data Period 2024 - 2029
Historical Data Period 2020 - 2022
CAGR > 7.00 %
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

Canada Customs Brokerage Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Canada Customs Brokerage Market Analysis

The Canada Customs Brokerage Market is valued at about USD 450 Million in the current year and poised to grow at a CAGR of over 7% during the forecast period. The market is driven by the increase in trade in the region. Furthermore, the market is driven by the increasing demand for custom brokers because of the complexity of the trading systems.

  • Many people identify customs brokers with importing, although their skills and particular knowledge can be beneficial to exporters in today's complicated and frequently unpredictable trade climate. Aside from multiple new trade agreements, there have been the disruptive impacts of the global pandemic and an increasing tendency by the US government to utilise trade agreements aggressively rather than as a tool to encourage international trade. As a result, the global trade environment has shifted from one that was formerly very predictable to one that is becoming increasingly unpredictable. In actuality, a broker's function is to facilitate trade and assist exporters in risk management.
  • The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has also adopted the Canadian Export Reporting System (CERS), a web-based, self-service site, and no longer accepts paper-based export declarations. With this mechanism in place, the Canadian government may easily audit export declarations. If exporters do not meet all of the rules, they are more likely to face financial penalties. A customs broker can help exporters ensure they are doing everything correctly to avoid these penalties. A list of brokers and specialists is available from the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters (IE Canada). The Canadian Society of Customs Brokers (CSCB) maintains the Importers Network, which also assists to help exporters and importers choose what type of broker or specialist they may want. Another organisation that provides a list of brokers and specialists is the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA). Not all brokers are created equal. Some do a little bit of everything, while others specialise in one area, such as goods.
  • The Covid-19 epidemic continues to have an impact on global trade flows and economic growth in 2022 and is expected to continue into 2023. The third year of Covid-19, along with the Ukraine/Russia conflict, has increased geopolitical instability, potentially impeding global economic recovery. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) predicts a 3% increase in merchandise trade volume in 2022, down from a previous prediction of 4.7% and 3.4% in 2023. Commodity prices have risen as a result of the Russia/Ukraine situation, which has had the most immediate economic impact. Russia and Ukraine are significant suppliers of critical items such as food, electricity, and fertilisers. This has had a global impact, particularly in low-income nations where food makes up a major portion of household income. In Canada, the top 3 exports are crude petroleum, cars and refined petroleum with the top 3 imports being cars; car parts and accessories; and trucks.
  • The United States' decision to reduce Section 301 tariffs (Trade Act of 1974 (U.S.)) on over 100 Chinese-made medical items may have an impact on Canadian enterprises that sell competing goods to the United States. The customs brokerage industry is highly competitive, with many brokers operating, particularly near borders. The major players, however, control a sizable piece of the market. Companies that offer customs brokerage services are investing in R&D to acquire a market advantage. R&D spending is likely to rise during the predicted period as demand develops for streamlined and more efficient customs-clearing systems with quick turnaround times.

Canada Customs Brokerage Market Trends

Increasing International Trade Driving the Market

  • Canada's merchandise exports fell by 1.2% in December 2022, owing primarily to weaker exports of petroleum items. Meanwhile, imports fell 1.3%, owing primarily to fewer consumer goods imports. As a result, Canada's global merchandise trade imbalance fell from USD 219 million in November to USD 160 million in December. These tight trade balances are within the normal range for monthly revisions to imports and exports. Total exports declined 1.2% in December 2022 to USD 63.0 billion, the lowest level since February 2022. Declines were noted in 7 of the 11 product categories, with energy exports leading the way. Exports excluding energy goods, on the other hand, increased by 0.8%. Total exports increased in real (or volume) terms as well, rising 0.9% in December 2022.
  • Imports from nations other than the United States fell 3.8% in December 2022, the second monthly reduction in a row. Imports from Switzerland (pharmaceutical products), Mexico (various products), and the Netherlands (motor petrol) were the driving forces behind the declines. In December, exports to nations other than the United States fell 4.5%. Exports to China (oilseeds and canola) and the United Kingdom (gold) fell the most. Canada's trade deficit with non-US countries fell from USD 7.3 billion in November to USD 7.1 billion in December. Exports to the United States fell 0.1% in December, while imports increased 0.2%. As a result, the merchandise trade surplus with the United States shrank for the seventh consecutive month, falling from USD 7.1 billion in November to USD 7.0 billion in December 2022.
Canada Customs Brokerage Market: Merchandise Trade: Top 10 Principal Trading Partners, Canada, Total Exports, In USD Million, February 2023

Increasing Cross-Border Road Freight Driving the Market

  • Although there is talk of a future recession, and inflation has reached levels not seen since 1983, the boom in cross-border freight continues. According to the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics, trucks moved USD 35.6 billion in freight in both directions across the Canada-US border in April. In April 2022, another USD 44 billion was transported by truck across the US-Mexico border. Ontario border crossings with Detroit and Port Huron, Michigan, accounted for USD 10 billion and USD 6.2 billion, respectively, of the total. Mexico's Laredo, Texas, crossing remained the busiest land port overall, with USD 19.6 billion in truck freight.
  • Computers and parts (USD 14.9 billion), electrical machinery (USD 11.6 billion), and automobiles and parts (USD 10.8 billion) were the top three items transported by truck over Canada, the United States, and Mexico's borders. When trucks, trains, aircraft, ships, and pipelines are included, total freight transit between Canada and the United States was USD 69.1 billion, a 31.2% increase over April 2021. Oil and gas accounted for 99% of items moved by pipelines, with the value of that oil increasing by 64.9% over the same month in 2021. According to data from the Public Health Agency of Canada, customs inspectors at the Canada-US border processed 461,150 truck drivers in April 2022, up from 453,789 in April 2021.
  • Video intelligence technologies are assisting in the improvement of driving practises while also increasing accountability. Artificial intelligence is being utilised to process video footage in real time and trigger event recordings. High-resolution video documentation can give a clear source of truth in the event of an accident or incident, reducing litigation expenses and difficulties. AI and machine learning are being used to speed up data retrieval, saving fleets from having to examine hours of film. While Canada's provinces catch up on MELT, the driving public and fleet owners can take comfort in knowing that technology is helping to make driving easier, more straightforward, and safer than ever before.
Canada Customs Brokerage Market: For-Hire Motor Carrier Freight Services Price Index, Canada, Monthly, in Units, August 2022 - December 2022

Canada Customs Brokerage Industry Overview

The market for Customs Brokerage in Canada is fragmented in nature. With a large number of customs brokers operating in the market, the competition is high. The top players in the market include United Parcel Service, FedEx Corporation, Livingston, A.N Deringer, DHL Group, etc.

Canada Customs Brokerage Market Leaders

  1. Livingston

  2. United Parcel Services Inc

  3. FedEx Corporation

  4. A.N Deringer

  5. DHL Group

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Canada Customs Brokerage Market Concentration
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Canada Customs Brokerage Market News

  • March 2023: Air Menzies International (AMI), a Canadian airfreight reseller, has built a new branch near Toronto Pearson International Airport. The new branch is AMI's second in Canada, and it will provide a wide range of wholesale airfreight services, including door-to-door services on global import and export shipments; exports with consolidation and 'Back2Back'; 'Quick2Ship,' AMI's express shipment platform; X-ray screening and warehousing services; and customs clearance and documentation support.
  • March 2022: The Department of Finance Canada announced that they issued the Most-Favoured-Nation Tariff Withdrawal Order (2022-1) to remove Russia and Belarus from entitlement to the Most-Favoured-Nation (MFN) tariff, under the Customs Tariff of Canada. This was in response to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine, supported by Belarus, and in addition to the new sanctions Canada has imposed under the Special Economic Measures Act. Effective March 2, 2022, the General Tariff will be used to account for goods imported into Canada that originate from Russia and Belarus, with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Under the General Tariff, a customs duty rate of 35% is applicable on almost all goods. Russia, Belarus, and North Korea are the only countries whose imports are currently subject to the General Tariff.

Canada Customs Brokerage Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study


    1. 2.1 Analysis Method

    2. 2.2 Research Phases



    1. 4.1 Current Market Scenario

    2. 4.2 Market Overview

    3. 4.3 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.3.1 Drivers

      2. 4.3.2 Restraints

      3. 4.3.3 Opportunities

    4. 4.4 Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis

    5. 4.5 Porters Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    6. 4.6 Government Initiatives and Regulations

    7. 4.7 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market

    8. 4.8 Insights on Imports and Custom Brokerage Services

    9. 4.9 Brief on Customs Brokerage as a Freight Forwarding Function

    10. 4.10 Overview of Customs Pricing

    11. 4.11 Insights on Customs Brokerage Services by End-user Industry


    1. 5.1 By Mode Of Transport

      1. 5.1.1 Sea

      2. 5.1.2 Air

      3. 5.1.3 Cross-Border Land Transport


    1. 6.1 Software

    2. 6.2 Consulting

    3. 6.3 Contract Logistics-based Customs Brokerage

    4. 6.4 Other Related Value-added Services


    1. 7.1 Market Concentration Overview

    2. 7.2 Company Profiles

      1. 7.2.1 DHL Group Logistics

      2. 7.2.2 Livingston

      3. 7.2.3 United Parcel Services

      4. 7.2.4 A.N Deringer

      5. 7.2.5 FedEx Corporation

      6. 7.2.6 Universal Logistics

      7. 7.2.7 Argo Customs

      8. 7.2.8 DB Schenker

      9. 7.2.9 Kuehne and Nagel

      10. 7.2.10 World Wide Customs Brokers Limited*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

  9. 9. APPENDIX

    1. 9.1 Macroeconomic Indicators (GDP Distribution by Activity, Contribution of Transport/Courier Industry to Economy)

    2. 9.2 Insights on capital flow

    3. 9.3 Exports and Import Statistics

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Canada Customs Brokerage Industry Segmentation

Customs Brokerage firms facilitate the shipment and delivery of goods across geographical borders for individuals and organizations. A customs brokerage firm is responsible for knowing all the rules and regulations regarding the transfer of goods entering or leaving the borders and ensuring that they are followed to streamline the process of shipping goods as much as possible for the individual or organization. A complete background analysis of the Canada Customs Brokerage Market, including the assessment of the economy and contribution of sectors in the economy, a market overview, market size estimation for key segments, emerging trends in the market segments, market dynamics and geographical trends, and COVID-19 impact, is covered in the report.

The Canada Customs Brokerage Market is segmented By Mode of Transport (Sea, Air, and Cross-border Land Transport). The report offers market size and forecasts in values (USD billion) for all the above segments.

By Mode Of Transport
Cross-Border Land Transport
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Canada Customs Brokerage Market Research FAQs

The Canada Customs Brokerage Market is projected to register a CAGR of greater than 7% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Livingston, United Parcel Services Inc, FedEx Corporation, A.N Deringer and DHL Group are the major companies operating in the Canada Customs Brokerage Market.

The report covers the Canada Customs Brokerage Market historical market size for years: 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Canada Customs Brokerage Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Canada Customs Brokerage Industry Report

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Canada Customs Brokerage Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)