Blog Posts

New Transport Canada regulations to affect commercial drivers

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Dec 26, 2017 8:48:00 AM
Transport Canada announced last week (Dec. 18) new regulations requiring the adoption of two new technologies by commercial trucks and buses and their drivers. These new regulations mirror similar road safety regulations already in place in the U.S.
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Reduction in Duty Refund Timing in the Works

Posted by Canadian Customs Dept. - Cole International on Dec 20, 2017 8:55:00 AM
Auditor General report – March 2017
As previously reported in this space, the Auditor General of Canada completed a review of Canadian customs duties last March. In response to that report’s recommendations, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will be making changes to its compliance and enforcement regime over the next two or so years.
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Understanding Customs Compliance

Posted by Canadian Customs Dept. - Cole International on Dec 18, 2017 8:37:00 AM
Customs compliance… It sounds important, doesn’t it? Well, it sure is!
You’ve certainly heard of customs compliance, but do you fully understand what’s involved?
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Importing Wood Packaging Material into the U.S.

Posted by U.S. Customs Dept. - Cole International on Dec 13, 2017 8:58:00 AM
The U.S. government regulates the import of all wood and wood-containing products into the U.S. And, because these items can carry and introduce harmful pests, their import is tightly monitored. Material made of wood that is used as packaging (such as crates, pallets, dunnage, etc.) is also subject to import regulations.
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The end of NAFTA: What would it mean?

Posted by NAFTA & Free Trade Dept. - Cole International on Dec 6, 2017 8:54:00 AM
*USMCA/CUSMA replaced NAFTA on July 1st, 2020.
The matter of trade was front and centre in Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Since gaining office, he has repeatedly threatened to terminate NAFTA if Canada and Mexico don’t go along with the major changes he’s after – changes that, naturally, favour the U.S. and align with his protectionist ideals.
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Change to U.S. Merchandise Processing Fees effective Jan 1st 2018

Posted by U.S. Customs Dept. - Cole International on Dec 4, 2017 8:48:00 AM
Every shipment of goods imported into the U.S. is subject to a Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF). The MPF has been in place for thirty years and its impact should be taken into account when considering all the costs of importing goods to the U.S.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced in a recent Federal Register notice that the MPF will be increased to account for inflation, with the new rates taking effect January 1, 2018.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection – Update on ACE, the automated commercial environment

Posted by U.S. Customs Dept. - Cole International on Dec 1, 2017 10:09:00 AM
ACE is the Automated Commercial Environment – the single-window system through which the U.S. trade community reports import and export of goods. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  uses the data submitted through this system to determine the admissibility of goods into the U.S.
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