Blog Posts

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

Posted by U.S. Customs Dept. - Cole International on Mar 23, 2016 8:26:47 AM
Like trying to find your way through a gargantuan hedge maze, navigating the labyrinth of U.S. Customs rules for importers/exporters can feel overwhelming. Yet the tantalizing promise of increased revenue from international trade continues to drive small business owners to try their hand at understanding the rules – or getting around them.
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Overseas data processing: A means to an end or an END to a means?

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on Mar 16, 2016 8:32:11 AM
Though we, as a company, do not engage in overseas data processing  mostly based on principle  there are many companies in the Canadian brokerage industry that certainly do, and we would be remiss not to address this growing trend in our business. Let's discuss the actual reasoning behind overseas data processing (though it should be obvious as to why it happens so much in our industry), as well as go over the advantages and disadvantages of the practice.
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Why Incoterms Matter: Stop Leaving Your Profits in Others' Pockets

Posted by NAFTA & Free Trade Dept. - Cole International on Mar 9, 2016 8:34:30 AM
They're not legal terminology, so why should you care about using Incoterms?
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Are logistics acronyms getting more confusing or is it just me?

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on Mar 2, 2016 10:00:14 AM
The simple answer is: No. It's not just you.
Logistics providers have the same difficulty in communication as any other intensely regulated industry: no one outside their industry has a clue what people are saying.
Consider this:
And you thought the fact that you can hold entire conversations at work without using any actual words wasn't funny!
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