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Canada passes CUSMA implementation legislation—no ratification yet

Posted by NAFTA & Free Trade Dept. - Cole International on Apr 8, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Special Notice: Trade attorneys have confirmed as of early April that the earliest the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement can take effect is July 1 if the parties follow the language laying out how the pact can enter into force. This situation will continue to be extremely fluid as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will keep you apprised of updated information as it arrives.

 

Canada rushed through a deal to pass implementation legislation for the CUSMA (Canada-U.S.-Mexico) trade agreement on March 13, 2020 before suspending parliament to help curb the spread of coronavirus.

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Compliance Verification Trends Issue #8 - April 2020

Posted by Audit Response Unit (ARU) - Cole International on Apr 1, 2020 9:00:00 AM

SPECIAL NOTICE: The CBSA has put off all verification related activities until at least April 20, 2020. The length of this suspension period may be re-evaluated at a later date. We will update you as soon as more information comes available. 

 

Canada Border Services Agency prioritizes certain industries and products for audits to ensure ongoing compliance. The Agency keeps their verification priority list current on their website. Cole’s Audit Response Team also keeps track of trends we see in CBSA verifications, which we share with you regularly so you can feel secure about your customs compliance.

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Importing wood products and wood packaging into the US and Canada

Posted by CDN Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International on Mar 25, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Wood and wood-containing products can carry and introduce harmful pests, so their import is tightly monitored in both the U.S. and Canada. Wood packaging materials are also subject to import regulation.

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IMO2020 update: fuel prices and carriage ban

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Mar 18, 2020 9:00:00 AM

On January 1, 2020, IMO2020 came into effect under IMO’s MARPOL treaty limiting sulphur emissions from ocean fuel to 0.5%.

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CUSMA: What’s next for Canadian importer/exporters?

Posted by CDN Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International on Mar 11, 2020 9:00:00 AM

While the U.S. has ratified the new North American free trade agreement between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico, the document has yet to be ratified in Canada.

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U.S. signs the USMCA

Posted by Customs Consulting Department on Mar 4, 2020 9:00:00 AM

At the end of January 2020, President Trump ratified the USMCA free trade agreement, a 2,082-page document replacing the 1994 North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA).

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Logistics 101: Tariff classification

Posted by Trade Consulting on Feb 26, 2020 9:00:00 AM

The layman's guide to Tariff classification - Infographic

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Single Window Initiative (SWI) - Survival Guide for importing tires under TC (Transport Canada)

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Feb 19, 2020 9:00:00 AM

The new SWI landscape

The Single Window Initiative means several changes for importers:

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Logistics essentials for agriculture companies

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on Feb 12, 2020 9:00:00 AM

The agriculture industry has a wide range of logistics considerations, including transporting large equipment, and importing/exporting products with varying requirements.

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Compliance Verification Trends Issue #7 - February 2020

Posted by Audit Response Unit (ARU) - Cole International on Feb 5, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Canada Border Services Agency prioritizes certain industries and products for audits to ensure ongoing compliance. The Agency keeps their verification priority list current on their website. Cole’s Audit Response Team also keeps track of trends we see in CBSA verifications, which we share with you regularly so you can feel secure about your customs compliance.

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