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Canada passes CUSMA implementation legislation—no ratification yet

Compliance Verification Trends Issue #8 - April 2020

Importing wood products and wood packaging into the US and Canada

IMO2020 update: fuel prices and carriage ban

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

U.S. signs the USMCA

Logistics 101: Tariff classification

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

Logistics essentials for agriculture companies

Compliance Verification Trends Issue #7 - February 2020

Incoterms: A Complete Guide

CBSA Verification Priorities: January 2020

9 Tips for Choosing a Freight Forwarder in the USA

Single Window Initiative (SWI) - Survival Guide for importing commodities under ECCC (Environment And Climate Change Canada) Vehicle And Engine Emissions Program

5 logistics essentials for vehicle importers

5 logistics essentials for e-commerce companies

Hiring a Freight Forwarder in Canada? 4 Things to Consider

A closer look: end use tariff codes

International vs. Domestic Freight Forwarding: Understanding the Difference

Keeping great records: a guide

CARM Update: CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management

Insurance and freight: everything you need to know

Logistics 101: Brokerage Basics

A first look at Incoterms® 2020

10 key practices to ensure customs compliance

Cole International Acquires Peninsula Customs Brokers

Single Window Initiative (SWI) - Survival Guide for importing active pharmaceutical ingredients

IMO2020: Digging into the new sulphur emissions cap

Switching customs brokers: a guide

Compliance Verification Trends Issue #6 - October 2019

CBSA Verification Priorities Update

How Importing Vehicles into the U.S. Works

Working with rising transportation costs and capacity issues

U.S. Importing: Top 7 United States Imports

Understanding Surtax

Basic Guide to U.S. Customs for Importers

Logistics 101: Freight

Black Friday approaches. Are you ready?

Single Window Initiative (SWI) - Survival Guide for importing explosives

Getting Up to Speed with Incoterms

Single Window Initiative (SWI): Survival Guide for importing fresh seafood

Border delay troubleshooting guide

Five Oil & Gas Logistics Essentials

IMO2020: How the new sulphur emissions cap impacts you

Top 15 Tips for Importing into the USA

Single Window Initiative (SWI): Survival Guide for importing vehicles

When to engage a customs broker

5 Steps & 6 Tips for Importing Vehicles into Canada

Compliance Verification Trends Issue #5 - July 2019

10 Tips for Handling Canadian Customs as an Importer/Exporter

Canadian Importing: Most Imported Goods for 2018

Tariff classification basics

Collaborating with border agencies: 4 ways to build credibility

Single Window Initiative (SWI) - Survival Guide #3: Importing Plant Cuttings

Importing into Canada: A Step-By-Step Process

How climate change is affecting supply chains

Logistics 101: Customs Basics

Single Window Initiative (SWI) - Survival Guide #2: Beef and Pork

Single Window Initiative (SWI) - Survival Guide #1: Importing Chicken Breasts

Compliance Verification Trends Issue #4 - May 2019

Working with a Freight Forwarder: Part 2

8 Reasons To Choose A Freight Forwarder

Freight forwarder vs. customs broker vs. full-service logistics provider

Important changes to the Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS)

Cole’s Guide to the New Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR)

7 Strategies to Reduce Shipping Costs

Making Incoterms Work for You

Single Window Initiative launch date DELAYED

Customs Rulings and how they work!

Canada Customs 101: The CBSA basics

Integrated Import Declaration (IID) and Single Window

Becoming a Non-Resident Importer (NRI): Is it time?

How do I import wood products into Canada?

CBSA Verification Priorities Update: January 2019

6 Ways to Prepare Your Business for the Chinese New Year

How do I import wood products into the U.S.?

Tesla: Electrifying the Commercial Trucking World

New food safety regulations on the way

CPTPP: Pacific Rim Countries Press “GO” on a New Trade Agreement

Blockchain, Distributed Ledgers and Data – Oh My!

CBSA Acronyms - Part 3

8 Tips for Success Amid Ongoing U.S.-China Tariff Disputes

Smart Manufacturing

Tariff Rate Quotas and Steel Goods

Safe Food for Canadians Act and Regulations: The Nitty Gritty

Exporting out of the U.S.

New food safety regulations inch closer to reality

A new "NAFTA"... The USMCA

U.S. Steel and Aluminum Surtax

Canadian Customs Bonds

Anticipated Freight Rate Increase

7 fun facts you didn't know about the shipping industry

Compliance Verification Trends Issue #3 – September 2018

U.S. Customs bonds: Insufficient bond notices are on the rise

NAFTA update: September, 2018


Incoterms 2020: A Primer

CBSA Acronyms - Part 2

A new standard in quality for the pharmaceutical supply chain

CBSA Acronyms - Part 1

IMO 2020 Rule

Importing into the U.S. and the “Reasonable Care” requirement

CBSA’s latest Targeted Verification Priorities is out. Are your goods on the list?

Canadian food safety standards get an update

Country of Origin and Why It Matters

Fun with acronyms!

Trucking Industry Update

Shipping container inspections got you down?

Importing wooden articles into Canada

Changes to Canada’s trade remedy system

GST Direct Payment for Importers - Reduce Your Burden

Do you receive shipments from China?

Maintaining Your Records

Certificates of Origin

NAFTA Update - May 2018

Importing Vehicles into the U.S.

General Average – Are you covered?

Compliance Verification Trends Issue #2 – April 2018

EDI: Electronic Data Interchange

Importing a Vehicle from the U.S. into Canada

Duty relief: Don’t miss a chance to save

SWI – the Single Window Initiative Update

Shipping your goods on time and on budget

What exactly does a freight forwarder do… and do I need one?

Classifying goods for trade – What’s the deal?

Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership – update

U.S. Customs and Border Protection – Update on ACE, the Automated Commercial Environment

The Value of a Good Customs Broker

Customs audits and compliance

NAFTA update: February, 2018

So, there’s NAFTA… But what other free trade agreements are out there?

Compliance Verification Trends: Issue #1 – Jan/Feb 2018

Scrap metal recycling – business opportunities await

Shipping and Freight Rates

When your online purchase isn’t such a great deal

What’s the deal with shipping delays?

The Canada Border Services Agency updates its verification targets

Single Window Initiative

New Transport Canada regulations to affect commercial drivers

Reduction in Duty Refund Timing in the Works

Understanding Customs Compliance

Importing Wood Packaging Material into the U.S.

The end of NAFTA: What would it mean?

Change to U.S. Merchandise Processing Fees effective Jan 1st 2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection – Update on ACE, the automated commercial environment

The Difference Explained: Part 2

Oops! Mistakes happen

How to avoid delays at the border

Company Compliance Programs: An essential part of your business

The Difference Explained…

Blockchain technology and the container shipping industry

President Trump, NAFTA and the North American auto industry

How do you export?

Cargo Insurance: Are you covered?

NAFTA – Who’s won? Who’s lost?

If Customs comes to visit, will you be prepared?

NAFTA – What’s Happening, Anyway??

CETA update: September 21 = Implementation Day!

Increased Enforcement of U.S. Antidumping & Countervailing Duties

Exporting Goods from the United States

Importing a Vehicle from the U.S. into Canada

The Importance of Correct Tariff Classification: Get it Right the First Time

Importing printed material? New potential opportunities!

Heads up! CBSA is serious about compliance.

New Foreign Trade Zone – Windsor-Essex

Cole International Opens New Branch!

Laws and contracts in international trade

CBSA’s New Accounting System: Let’s understand this a little better

Has the new 2017 Customs Tariff impacted you?

Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement

CETA finally has an implementation date.

Get with the times! Boost supply chain efficiency through best use of technology

Your NAFTA Certificate of Origin: Taking a closer look

How to apply for an Advance Ruling

Going global – Is it time to take the leap?

Is your Canadian customs broker offshoring?

Attention importers! Auditor General’s Report on Customs Duties may affect you

New Tariff. New Rulings.

Update: CETA receives Royal Assent – Bill C-30 is now law

Do you import food into the U.S.? New food safety requirements for importers

What’s the auditor cooking?

Shipping container industry update – uncertainties persist

Freight-forwarder or online booking? Weigh your options carefully.

Increased possibility of high duties: How SIMA can affect your import costs

Shipping congestion in China – It might affect you

Cargo Insurance: Is it worth it?

Softwood lumber exports slapped with new duties

You and your customs broker: It takes two

Incoterms – Providing clarity in International Trade

A golden opportunity for U.S. importers: Importer Self-Assessment

Importing Wooden Products into Canada

NAFTA update – President Trump gets serious

U.S. customs compliance: A refresher

Take charge of the shipping process to improve your success rate at the border and beyond

Importing into the U.S. – Changes aplenty

The U.S. is proposing a “20% border tax.” What will it mean for you?

The U.S. government and “America First” – what it means to you

What does Donald Trump mean to NAFTA?

Expand Your International Trade Opportunities

Canada-U.S. trade in uncertain times

A piece of shipping history returns to Canada’s East Coast

Conditional Relief – Accurately Declaring the End Use of Your Imports Can Save You Duty

Duty exemption: Don't pay if you don't have to!

Duty Drawback: A savings opportunity not to be missed

Supply chain security – be part of the solution

This one’s for importers: Know your customs responsibilities

eManifest – How Recent Regulatory Changes Impact the Role of the Freight Forwarder

Canadian dollar: Devaluation = Increase in exports?

Exporting to the U.S.? What you need to know about antidumping and countervailing duties.

Looking to reduce the costs of doing business? Who isn’t?

Duty over 200% - How did that happen?

Should I maintain my own HS Classification database? 

What are the new SOLAS Requirements for Verified Gross Mass?

Tariff Classification – Do your homework and get it right the first time.

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has been signed!

My shipment isn’t that valuable. Should I bother to insure it?

Certificate of Origin: An important component of importing under Canada’s Free Trade Agreements

Why is my international shipment delayed again?

Changes to Transport Canada’s Air Cargo Security Program

Why are freight rates so volatile – particularly those from China?

Duty Valuation – What is it?

CBSA Target List – Are your goods on the list?

Help – My shipment is stuck on a stranded Hanjin ship!

Why is my shipment held up at the border?

Hanjin Bankruptcy – Update

Honest Import Transaction Mistakes

Consolidation and Cross-docking: Two methods for improving shipping efficiency

Chapter 5: Importing into the U.S. – Maximize your likelihood of success with U.S. Customs

Shipping giant Hanjin files for bankruptcy – How does this affect me?

Give me a break! Expanded tax and duty breaks for U.S. importers

Chapter 4: Importing into the U.S. – Know Your Responsibilities

Chapter 3: Importing into the U.S. – Tools are available to save you time and money

How to be a *Gold-Star Importer*

Duty Drawbacks: Don’t miss out on a chance to save money!

Is it my imagination… or is Customs getting smarter?

Ordering offshore for the first time? Here’s what you should know.

Chapter 2: Importing into the U.S. - Change is in the air

Chapter 1: Importing into the U.S. – The “Mod Act”: Compliance and Penalties

The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Free Trade Agreements: Rich with opportunities for those in the know

Cole International Launches Another Industry First

Part 2: U.S. Customs Non-Compliance. Penalties vary, but none of it is good for business.

Part 1: U.S. Customs Compliance. It’s important. What’s involved?

The Dreaded Audit

NAFTA Certificates Are More Than Just a Document: The Impact of Non-Compliance


What are these additional charges on my freight bill?

How can I ensure my broker and carrier are working together?

How can I ensure my entry is compliant?

Together... we are making dreams come true!

How can you reduce delays in imports cleared by Customs?

National Denim Day

Cole International Opens U.S. Customs Consulting Office

From Zurich to Montreal...

Cole Offers a Helping Hand To Fort McMurray

Drawback: The Forgotten Opportunity

Why is delivery of my shipments so often late?

How can I reduce the amount of damage my shipments incur?

The Future of Canadian Trade Agreements: Why Canada is Seeking More Trade

Now and Then: U.S. Customs Brokerage Associations

Canadian Customs: Absolute Liability and Penalty Considerations for Small Business Importers

U.S. Customs: When does "not knowing" become "negligence"?

Overseas data processing: A means to an end or an END to a means?

Why Incoterms Matter: Stop Leaving Your Profits in Others' Pockets

Are logistics acronyms getting more confusing or is it just me?

Participating Government Agencies (PGAs) and the Single Window