Clearing Customs with the Help of our Event Customs Broker

We would like to encourage you to use the services by our event customs broker Davidson & Sons Customs Brokers. The advantage of doing so is, that our event will be registered with the border agency, under a specific business number. By mentioning “International 6 Metre Class World Championship 2017 in Vancouver” you should experience a smooth customs clearance of goods (boats) as well as crew.

They will use electronic data transmissions to customs in conjunction with the carrier to ensure when the shipping container is unloaded on the dock that the containers will already have cleared  so they can be delivered to the unloading location.  That way you will not have to worry about lengthy delays and storage charges.

If you need help by a customs broker, please contact Davidson & Sons directly, thank you:
Stefanie Lane,, +1.604.681.5132

Shipping Instructions Kit by Davidson & Sons Customs Broker

CBSA Event Recognition Letter: To all non-Canadian attendees, please attach this document to any boxes or packages being shipped to Canada for this event. This will give you Border-to-Show privileges for a fast clearance. If you have any questions in this regard, contact

Visitor Visa

For visitors to Canada who need an Official Invitation Letter to apply for a visitor visa, contact Please note that Processing times for visa applications vary depending on the visa office and the time of the year.  Participants are encouraged to apply approximately 12 weeks in advance of their departure date to ensure they receive the visa in time.

Electronic Applications (e-Apps)

Submission at a Visa Application Centre (VAC) (In person or by mail)

NEW – Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

As of November 10, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens, and travelers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents are not eligible to apply for an eTA.

If you have any questions on the importation of goods related to your event please contact the  International Events and Conventions Services Program   (IECSP) at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).