September 10, 2007, Surrey, British Columbia – A & A Contract Customs Brokers Ltd. exports a British Columbia Spirit Bear, named "Haida Bear” to its new home at the company’s USA office in Blaine, Washington, located at the Pacific Highway Border Crossing.
A & A's USA Office Manager, Lois Acidera is very excited about the arrival of her new team member: "The British Columbia Spirit Bear was exported from Surrey, British Columbia in early summer and we had some interesting challenges with the paperwork and documentation for US Border and Protection. The US Customs Officers had a lot of questions to figure out what a Spirit Bear actually was. We had to provide written documentation on "Haida Bear" entailing the country of origin, the material it was manufactured from and the value. "Haida Bear" has been noted as the most unique export A & A Contract Customs Brokers has ever cleared.”
"Haida Bear" has received very special treatment since his arrival to make him feel at home in his new country, said Lois Acidera. "We have permanently mounted the Spirit Bear in the garden outside of our US office facing the busy US/Canadian border line-up. We hired a landscape architect to design and install new landscaping and create an environment that is similar to the natural West Coast landscape. The entire border community including Canada and US Customs cannot stop talking about the bear and its unique location” said Lois Acidera. “Haida Bear” is fast becoming a local tourist attraction.
With the addition of “Haida Bear” to the A & A family, A & A Contract Customs Brokers has two Spirit Bears guarding the US and Canadian border crossings. “Cuddles” the Spirit Bear is located on the Canadian side of the border at the South Surrey office location. “All Canadian and American travelers entering Canada or the US can now be welcomed by “Cuddles” and “Haida Bear,” said President, Graham Robins Jr. Both bears were purchased at an auction late last year to support the BC Lions Society’s Easter Seal Operations and the Canucks for Kids Fund Both bears were chosen because of their unique artwork. “Cuddles” was designed and painted by artist, Mr. Ken Skoda. It shows off a prominent West Coast theme. The design features crystal clear ocean waters, friendly jumping orcas, a lush green old growth forest, a magnificent bald eagle soaring overhead through the trees, and snow-capped mountain tops. “Haida Bear” was designed and painted by artist, Mr. Clarence Mills. It features traditional Haida Art that represents the Spirit Bear with the utmost honor and dignity. The body is painted with mother of pearl interference and several sections are painted in copper oxide - true to the glowing Spirit Bear. This design features a mother bear and her cub from the Haida Bear family. The bear cub is clutching to his mother for comfort and protection and his paws holding tightly to his mother's sides.
A & A Contract Customs Brokers Ltd. would like to extend an invitation to all Blaine, Washington residents and Surrey, British Columbia residents to come down to both A & A offices located at the Pacific Highway Border crossing to view these spectacular displays of West Coast art.
A & A Contract Customs Brokers Ltd. is a Canadian owned company established in 1979. A & A Contract Customs Brokers Ltd. offers complete cross border business services including Canadian Customs Brokerage, U.S. Customs Brokerage, International Freight-Forwarding, Cross Border Shipping, Warehousing and Distribution, Customs Consulting, Compliance Reviews, Permits, and Barcode Services.
A & A continues to lead the brokerage industry with twelve offices in Canada and the US. A & A’s corporate head office is located at the Pacific Highway Border Crossing in Surrey, British Columbia and employs over 200 staff internationally.
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