Your go-to customs broker on Vancouver Island.

Vancouver Island

Located in Nanaimo on beautiful Vancouver Island, our history goes back almost 60 years to 1964 when Bill Stein and John Hart formed Island Shipping Limited, a merger of S&S Steamship and Vancouver Island Agencies. Brian O’Connell joined in 1990, and after the retirement of both Bill and John, took the helm and renamed the company to ISL Customs Brokers to better reflect the direction of the company as a customs broker. Over the next 30 years, ISL Customs Brokers worked hard to become your go-to customs broker on Vancouver Island. We represent both small local businesses and national and multi-national importers. We focus on providing individual attention to each client to build long-term relationships.

In 2019, ISL Customs Brokers became a part of the Summit family, becoming a division of Summit International Trade Services Inc., which also has a history just as long, but more importantly, a shared commitment to excellence in personalized and reliable service. For more about Summit, visit:

We look forward to working with you!

Our Values



We are committed to providing clients with access to every cross-border service needed to thrive in today’s competitive marketplace.



We can be counted on to do what we say when we say. To our clients and our staff.



We take an active part in our community through fundraisers and events.



We adapt with the market and needs of our valued customers and staff.

Our Team


We are proud to run a business where we treat both our staff and our clients like family — we support them to thrive. When you choose us as your customs broker, you’ll deal with the same person from start to finish, each time. We look forward to working with you!

Have a question? We're here for you. Call us: 250.754.2305

Suite 206, 75 Front Street

Nanaimo, BC V9R 5H9


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