Blog Posts

Single Window Initiative (SWI) - Survival Guide for Health Canada (HC) Medical Devices program

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Jul 29, 2020 9:00:00 AM

The new SWI landscape

The Single Window Initiative means several changes for importers:

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5 factors affecting transportation costs and pricing

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Jul 22, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Transportation is a big part of the logistics picture. Freight can represent 50% of your logistics cost and up to 10-20% of your retail price. In a world of “free shipping” every importer knows that freight is not free.

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6 ways smart trailers are changing the trucking industry

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Jul 15, 2020 9:00:00 AM

What is a smart trailer?

Smart trailers are any type of trailer, from flatbed to reefer, integrated with technology providing insight into the status of the truck and its cargo.

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Freight forwarder vs. customs broker: what’s the difference

Posted by Customs Consulting Department on Jul 8, 2020 9:00:00 AM

When you’re importing products, understanding what kind of service provider (or providers) you need can be confusing. Do you need a freight forwarder? A customs broker? Both?

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CARM 101: everything you need to know

Posted by CDN Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International on Jun 24, 2020 9:00:00 AM

What is CARM?

The CBSA’s Customs Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) project is a multi-year initiative that will transform the collection of tax and duty for goods imported into Canada.

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Single Window Initiative (SWI) - Survival Guide for Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO-MPO) Aquatic Biotechnology Program

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Jun 17, 2020 9:00:00 AM

The new SWI landscape

The Single Window Initiative means several changes for importers:

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Special Import Measures Act (SIMA): What's new in 2020?

Posted by CDN Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International on Jun 10, 2020 9:00:00 AM

What is SIMA?

One of CBSA’s roles is to protect Canadian producers from unfair foreign competition. The Special Import Measures Act (SIMA) is part of that effort, specifically addressing the subsidizing and dumping of imported goods.

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Working with your Customs broker and CARM

Posted by CDN Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International on Jun 3, 2020 9:00:00 AM

The timing of the three releases of the new CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) initiative are changing due to COVID-19. Please refer to our CARM webpages and to CBSA’s pages for the most current information.

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4 Ways To Improve Customer Service With Your Supply Chain

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on May 27, 2020 9:00:00 AM

With the impacts of COVID-19 causing disruptions through summer (at least), companies are thinking seriously about how to stabilize their supply chains.

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5 logistics essentials for retail companies

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on May 20, 2020 9:00:00 AM

The entire world is adapting to the new and shifting realities of the coronavirus pandemic—including retail businesses.

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