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Logistics 101: Brokerage Basics

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on Nov 27, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Entering the complex business of import and export can be intense and overwhelming. Our Logistics 101 series is a gentle introduction and an easy-to-follow guide through turbulent, ever-changing waters.

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Switching customs brokers: a guide

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on Oct 23, 2019 9:00:00 AM

A solid relationship with your customs broker, and a good fit with them, is essential for an importer. But what if it’s time for a change? This week, we dive deep into why you might consider a switch and how to go about it without disrupting your operations.

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Black Friday approaches. Are you ready?

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on Sep 16, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Black Friday, Cyber Monday (falling on November 29 and December 2 this year) and the ensuing shopping frenzy leading up to Christmas bring significant opportunities – and challenges – to myriad businesses worldwide. Major global shipping companies deliver hundreds of millions of packages in the month between Black Friday and New Year’s Eve.

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Getting Up to Speed with Incoterms

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on Sep 4, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Incoterms (or international commercial terms) designed to assist traders when goods are sold and transported. Published by the International Chamber of Commerce, the terms clearly communicate the costs and risks associated with the transportation and delivery of goods. The Incoterms rules are used by buyers and sellers worldwide for clear interpretation of the most commonly used terms in international trade.

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Border delay troubleshooting guide

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on Aug 21, 2019 9:00:00 AM

We recently spoke with Jey Sanmuganathan, Cole’s Western Regional Manager of Customs in Canada, to learn more about when to engage a customs broker to avoid delays and penalties.

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When to engage a customs broker

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on Jul 24, 2019 9:00:00 AM

We’ve shared with you why to choose a customs broker, but when is the best time to seek the professional support of a customs broker to avoid delays and penalties? We sat down with Jey Sanmuganathan, Cole’s Western Regional Manager of Customs in Canada for a little Q&A to learn more.

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Logistics 101: Customs Basics

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on Jun 5, 2019 9:55:00 AM

Entering the complex business of import and export can be intense and overwhelming. Our Logistics 101 series is a gentle introduction and an easy-to-follow guide through turbulent, ever-changing waters. We aren’t going to just toss you a compass and wish you luck; we’re in the boat with you, guiding you safely to shore. This series simplifies complex concepts, not just for the sake of it, but to empower you and your team.

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How do I import wood products into Canada?

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on Feb 6, 2019 8:55:00 AM
 
 
Lumber, firewood, packing material, furniture, home décor… When bringing wood items into the country, importers need to know what’s required of them by Canada Customs and other regulatory agencies.
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How do I import wood products into the U.S.?

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on Jan 16, 2019 8:55:00 AM
 
 
Plywood, flooring, crates, sculptures… When moving wood items across the border, importers need to know what’s required of them by customs and other regulatory agencies.
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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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