Reaching Beyond Borders

For 75 years Buckland has been working to help companies across the world experience global trade in a better way.

In order to ensure your individual requirements are met and your shipping concerns are always getting the personal attention they deserve, we employ a unique approach to global trade that focuses on combining trusted technologies and talented people that know how to use them.

As a customer-focused company, we provide you with a single source of unmatched Customs Brokerage (Canadian, US, Mexican), Trade Managed Solutions, Freight Forwarding, Trade Technologies and Warehousing/Distribution Services.

Buckland Customers

When we are able to create a mutually-beneficial long-term relationship with you, every strategy we employ will be done with you in mind.

Buckland Employees

Providing rewarding opportunities to develop and apply skills is a priority for our staff. We do not underestimate the power of a positive and supportive work environment.
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Buckland Suppliers

The strong relationships we build to provide quality services together, aim to bring about customer satisfaction and our mutual success.

Buckland Community

Corporate and personal involvement makes sure we are always part of something bigger than ourselves.

The Buckland Quality System

The Buckland Quality System can be found in action, every step of the way.

We’ve developed, documented, implemented, monitored and improved each process to form an integrated system that promises complete customer satisfaction. The strong enforcement of regulatory requirement programs is what makes implementing the Buckland Quality System so important to us. It means that your risk of experiencing border delays, fees and re-assessments are minimized and the execution accuracy of your entire shipment is maximized.

What’s In It For You?

There is a strong need for compliance in the face of continually increasing Customs complexity. Add to that ongoing enforcement of regulatory requirement programs and it can be summed up pretty easily in saying “monetary” and “penalty” are two words no one likes to hear in the same sentence. Implementing the Buckland Quality System means that your risk of experiencing border delays, fees and re-assessments are minimized and the execution accuracy of your entire shipment is maximized.

The Buckland Advantage

How we ensure that progress and success is always on the way in.

Our Staff

Continued training, education and opportunities for our incoming and existing staff.

We’ll keep our Buckland family growing with strategic role additions and the support of constant self-expansion for those currently on our team.

Market Monitoring

Keep stakeholders, employees and customers informed of government regulations and changes in the industry.

If there are changes occurring that will impact trade, we’ll react in a way that brings our customers the most benefit.

Technology Development

Creating technology that is a step ahead of the evolving industry.

Our in-house development team creates cutting-edge applications that bring our customers unique value and advantages.

Environmental Consciousness

Choosing to go the greenest way when considering all materials and processes.

We’ll keep our carbon footprint light, but our contribution and interest in improving the environment heavy.

Thought Leadership

Providing and producing education content is an ongoing effort.

We’ll use webinars, social media and other online platforms to keep our customers constantly in the know with industry information.

Service Selection

Finding new areas where you need help and offering support accordingly.

We’re always working to understand and get ahead of emerging global business trends so that we can add or update our services in a way that will effectively support our customers.

Our Vision

Buckland develops enduring relationships with our customers and partners throughout the global supply chain. We strive to provide customized services in a memorable way.

Our customers trust us to simplify the complex world of Customs and Logistics by bringing together innovative and customer focused people, processes and technology. In doing so, we strive to drive the success of all Customers and Stakeholders.

Our Values

We are continually developing new relationships and advancing existing partnerships. We demonstrate our desire to exceed customer expectations by being:

  • Problem Solvers
  • Passionate & Forward Thinking
  • Collaborative
  • Adaptable

Key Members of the Buckland Executive Team:

  • KELLEY ZYLSTRA

    CEO

    As Buckland’s Chief Executive Officer, Kelley oversees all lines of business and shared services within the Buckland group of companies, including the Canadian, US, and Mexican operations. Kelley began her career at Buckland as a General Accountant in 2006 and has since held the positions of Controller, VP Finance and Special Projects, Vice President of Finance and Northern Border Operations and Chief Financial Officer. Kelley studied Business Administration with a focus on Accounting and Finance at Fanshawe College as well as Sociology at Western University. Kelley holds her CPA, CGA designation in addition to her Certified Customs Specialist designation from the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers.

  • John Merrylees

    CSO

    As Buckland’s Chief Strategy Officer, John is responsible for the strategic direction of the organization and planning, both in the short term and long term. John is focused on the ongoing improvement of the organization's business model, Buckland's Mexican entity, overall processes, and establishing key long-term relationships with business partners that enhance Buckland’s market position. John began his career at Buckland as Controller in 2003, where he was an integral part in the development of Buckland internal processing network. Over the years he has held various executive positions, including Chief Operating Officer, and most recently Chief Strategy Officer in 2020. John holds an Honors Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He obtained his CPA, CA designation from the ICAO and CPA (US) designation along with both the US and Canadian CCS designations. John is actively involved in local sports organizations.

  • Carol Willett

    Vice President, U.S. Brokerage & Compliance

    Over the past 25 years, Carol has been instrumental in the growth of Buckland’s U.S. Customs Brokerage operations from a team of less than 10 to a skilled team of more than 150. In her role as the Vice President, US Brokerage & Compliance, Carol provides exceptional leadership for the operations and growth of U.S Customs Brokerage services and International Trade Compliance & Consulting. Carol holds her Certified Customs Specialist designation from the CSCB (Canada) and the NCBFAA (US) and is a Licensed Customs Broker in the United States.

  • Javier Navarro

    Vice President Sales, Service, & Marketing

    As the Vice President of Sales, Service and Marketing at Buckland, Javier leads a team responsible for developing business across Canada, USA and Mexico. With over 20 years of experience in logistics, trade and supply chain, Javier has a proven track record of delivering value-added solutions. Javier is a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCMP) and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in International Business from the Universidad Marista in Mexico. Javier’s mission is to apply and evaluate the corporate commercial strategy while maintaining the highest levels of customer service.

"I am extremely happy with the exceptional services provided by Buckland’s customer service team, they ensure all of our customs needs are taken care of, even hanging in beyond the end of their “shift” to ensure any unforeseen issues that may arise are dealt with in order to get our driver on his way. It is reassuring to know I can rely on them. "

Janice MacVicar Shannondoe Farm

"Buckland is our year long partner in Canada who offers a great customer service and always timely clearance. "

Stephanie McClain , Vice President, Operations USA Egetrans USA, Inc

"Thanks again for the great job Buckland does for us. "

Judy Cowell MAHLE Filter Systems Canada, ULC