Blog Posts

New food safety regulations inch closer to reality

Posted by Canadian Customs Dept. - Cole International on Oct 31, 2018 8:55:00 AM


The new Safe Food for Canadians Act and Regulations (SFCR) will come into effect in just a couple months. Anyone importing, exporting or handling food should understand how they will affect their business and take steps now to be prepared for the January 15th implementation date.
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A new "NAFTA"... The USMCA

Posted by NAFTA & Free Trade Dept. - Cole International on Oct 29, 2018 7:20:00 AM
*USMCA/CUSMA replaced NAFTA on July 1st, 2020.
After more than a year of intense meetings and negotiations, Canada, the U.S. and Mexico have tentatively settled on a trade deal to replace NAFTA. In the final round of meetings that concluded at the end of September, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was unveiled, sporting changes in the following key areas.
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U.S. Steel and Aluminum Surtax

Posted by CDN Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International on Oct 24, 2018 8:55:00 AM


As many Canadian importers know, as of July 1, Canada is applying a surtax to many goods of U.S. origin that were previously duty-free. This was done as a countermeasure to the U.S. adding tariffs to many Canadian products earlier this year.
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Canadian Customs Bonds

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on Oct 17, 2018 8:55:00 AM


If you are involved in the import, export, manufacturing, sales or distribution of goods in Canada, you may need a Canadian customs bond in order to move your goods across the border.
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Anticipated Freight Rate Increase

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Oct 10, 2018 8:55:00 AM


Shipping rates change for all kinds of reasons – and fast. Sometimes, it’s almost instant, going up or down overnight, from one shipment to the next.
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7 fun facts you didn't know about the shipping industry

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Oct 3, 2018 8:55:00 AM


Shipping is a global industry that has influenced our society since ancient times... but that most people give little thought to. It hardly seems fair to take it for granted, though, given the indispensable role it plays in our lives.
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