Blog Posts

Duty over 200% - How did that happen?

Posted by Canadian Customs Dept. - Cole International on Nov 30, 2016 8:50:00 AM
It can be a challenge to keep track of all the rules and costs associated with the import of goods into Canada. And sometimes, just when you thought you knew what theduty rate was, you get surprised with an unexpectedly high rate of over 200 per cent!
In this blog, we'll try to inject some clarity into the matter of duties on agricultural products so you can get on with your business of importing goods without the headache of duty rate surprises.
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Should I maintain my own HS Classification database? 

Posted by CDN Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International on Nov 23, 2016 8:15:00 AM
We defer to experts for all kinds of things: maintaining our cars, fixing our computers, filing our taxes. It takes the guesswork out of these specialized jobs and gives us peace of mind that someone knowledgeable is taking care of us.
But, whether you are a big or small business, you’re also looking for ways to save money, particularly given today’s slowing economy. As such, it may make sense to take back control of some aspects of your business currently managed by brokers or other third parties. Is maintaining your HS Classification database one of them?
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What are the new SOLAS Requirements for Verified Gross Mass?

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Nov 16, 2016 8:15:00 AM
This summer, the International Maritime Organization adopted amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) aimed at enhancing maritime safety and reducing risks in ocean freight transport.
Included in these amendments are new rules pertaining to the verification of the weight of packed shipping containers. 
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Tariff Classification – Do your homework and get it right the first time.

Posted by CDN Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International on Nov 9, 2016 8:15:00 AM
“Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of an intelligent effort.” - John Ruskin, Art Critic and Writer
Proper tariff classification is the foundation of import and export trade compliance. The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (also known as the Harmonized System, or HS) is the internationally standardized system of classifying traded products, and is applied by over 180 countries and territories worldwide.
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The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has been signed!

Posted by NAFTA & Free Trade Dept. - Cole International on Nov 4, 2016 11:08:57 AM
October 30, 2016, marked an auspicious day for the future of trade between Canada and the European Union (EU). That day, leaders on both sides signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
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My shipment isn’t that valuable. Should I bother to insure it?

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Nov 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM
A lot of people don’t purchase freight insurance because they think it’s unnecessary: their cargo is indestructible, it’s not attractive to thieves, or it’s not valuable enough to warrant the protection offered by insurance.
But… Insuring your shipment is always advised. Even if your goods aren’t worth a great deal, without insurance, you could get dinged with a significant charge if a General Average claim is made on the ship your cargo travelled on.
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