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

Posted by NAFTA & Free Trade Dept. - Cole International on Jun 30, 2016 9:57:09 AM
In today’s fast-paced and evolving global marketplace, countries are increasingly turning to free trade agreements (FTAs) to enrich their relationships with important trading partners.
Since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994 by Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, Canada has entered into new FTAs with more than two dozen countries, including the massive but not yet ratified Trans Pacific Partnership.
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Cole International Launches Another Industry First

Posted by Canadian Customs Dept. - Cole International on Jun 30, 2016 9:55:34 AM

Cole International now offering new Free Trade services.

See Press Release.  

List of FTA Countries.

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

Posted by U.S. Customs Dept. - Cole International on Jun 29, 2016 8:21:25 AM
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) assesses penalties based on level of culpability (degree of fault), which has three different designations. In decreasing order of magnitude, these are: fraud, gross negligence and negligence.
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Part 1: U.S. Customs Compliance. It’s important. What’s involved?

Posted by U.S. Customs Dept. - Cole International on Jun 21, 2016 3:46:53 PM
Importing and exporting commercial goods across the Canada-U.S. border can be a complex endeavour. Doing it right requires a solid understanding of and strict adherence to a litany of government regulations overseen by government agencies on both sides of the border. On the American side, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the gate-keeper.
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The Dreaded Audit

Posted by Canadian Customs Dept. - Cole International on Jun 15, 2016 8:48:55 AM
So you’re being audited by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)… Now what?
Anyone who ships items across the Canada-U.S. border should be aware that at some point they are likely to be targeted for a CBSA audit.
“For every customs problem, there is a solution which is straightforward, uncomplicated and wrong.”
(Officially called a Trade Compliance Verification, we’ll continue to use the word “audit” in this blog since it’s a term that everyone is familiar with.)
Audits are serious business and need to be handled carefully.  It can take you significant time and money to wade through the process and navigate the tie-ups and potholes inherent in a complicated and highly technical process.
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NAFTA Certificates Are More Than Just a Document: The Impact of Non-Compliance

Posted by NAFTA & Free Trade Dept. - Cole International on Jun 8, 2016 8:20:39 AM
*USMCA/CUSMA replaced NAFTA on July 1st, 2020.
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been in place for over 20 years. It allows importers to benefit from duty free rates when goods are traded between Canada, Mexico and the United States. The agreement is somewhat convoluted though, and often companies do not fully understand the multi-layered complexities of Free Trade Agreements.
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Posted by U.S. Customs Dept. - Cole International on Jun 6, 2016 11:36:36 AM
The U.S. Congress recently passed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016, which formalizes an administrative process for temporarily lowering duties on certain imported raw materials and finished goods. 
Under the revised Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), importers will be able to petition for duty suspension or reduction for products they import that are not manufactured in the U.S.
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What are these additional charges on my freight bill?

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Jun 1, 2016 9:04:06 AM
When moving goods by common carrier, shippers expect to pay based on factors such as mode of transport, weight, volume and distance traveled. But even after these variables are accounted for, sometimes the total freight charges can be substantially higher.
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