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Our Story

100 Years. Four Generations. One Border.

Before computers and the Internet, before the Wright brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk, even before the first North American automobile, George Henry Young founded GHY to unbind the chains of supply and help traders prosper.

And while customs compliance, technology and even physical borders have changed over the past century, George Henry Young's vision of a different kind of customs brokerage – one dedicated to personal service, integrity and professionalism – has never waivered.

This is GHY. We Free Trade.

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George Henry Young

Our Vision

Our vision is to be a leader in providing innovative, tailor-made solutions to North American importers and exporters.

Our Mission

We are dedicated to providing the highest levels of personalized professional international trade services to our clients, whose needs shape all our endeavours.

Our Values

  • Clients are the reason we exist.

    We CARE about making life easier for our clients. From finding better, more efficient ways to bring shipments over the border to stepping up at moments of truth to change the course of someone's day, we are dedicated to our clients and thankful for their business and support.

  • Associates matter.

    We CARE about our people – It’s why we think of ourselves as Associates, not employees. Building a positive workplace culture has been a priority for generations at GHY and we make every effort to ensure manageable levels of stress for all team members – this includes having enough associates to do the job right.

  • Relentless pursuit of improvement.

    We CARE about finding creative ways to drive innovation and push the boundaries of what it means to be a customs broker. Most importantly, we strive to understand our clients and share our collective knowledge to help them succeed at global trade.

  • Excellence in all we do.

    We are committed to going the extra mile to provide the best service and trade solutions possible. To do so, we invest time and resources into training and equip our associates with the technology and tools they need to excel.

The GHY 360 Degrees Approach

We take a big picture approach to help our clients trade more efficiently. This begins with our comprehensive “360 degrees” trade assessment that examines the Financial, Advisory, Compliance, Technology and Service (FACTS) aspects of the business, digging deep to find hidden opportunities.

A Paperless Approach to Business

Over the past ten years we've reduced our paper usage by 64% and reduced our carbon footprint by 20 metric tons per year. This paperless approach has also led to new business processes that are more efficient, flexible and responsive to the needs of our clients and associates. 

One of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies

We would like to thank our clients, associates and coaches for helping us qualify for the seventh consecutive year as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies. We are proud to be the only Platinum Level certified provider of exclusive customs brokerage services in North America.

GHY International, one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies

Case Studies

  • Challenge: Maximize cash flow on regulatory expenses.

    A large multi-national company was processing payments of customs duties and GST at time of release.

    Extended payment terms for significant cash outlays resulted in maximized cash flows for duty and GST remittances.

  • Challenge: Minimize compliance and regulatory risk with CBSA and USCBP.

    Large multi-national corporation that had over 40,000 part numbers to be correctly classified.

    GHY Consulting forensically researched all components and built a database that gave the client confidence their trade was in compliance with the requirements of the US & Canadian border agencies.

  • Challenge: Reduce duties and cost inputs on imported and exported products.

    A Canadian importer and exporter was not taking advantage of duty drawback opportunities on products subsequently exported.

    The importer ultimately recovered duty paid on goods subsequently exported, reducing landed costs.