Blog Posts

Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership – update

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, the ambitious trade agreement that nearly happened, was to encompass 12 nations spanning four continents and 800 million people. But when U.S. President Trump pulled that country out of negotiations early last year, the 11 remaining members carried on, eventually forging the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which they formally agreed to this January.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection – Update on ACE, the Automated Commercial Environment

 
 
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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The Value of a Good Customs Broker

Have you ever asked…

“What do I really pay for if I use a customs broker?”

“What do I need to know about partnering with a broker?”

Here are a few things to consider so you can make the right choice for your business.
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Customs audits and compliance

 
Customs verifications (a.k.a. audits) are serious matters, and their impact on a business can be significant. You never know if or when Customs will come calling, but you can conduct your business to be prepared to weather an audit with minimal disruption.
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NAFTA update: February, 2018

 
Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, neighbours who trade more than $1 trillion annually, have been negotiating since August to rework this 24-year-old trade deal between them.
 
But NAFTA talks are moving slowly as Canada and Mexico seek to address a series of radical U.S. demands for change.
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So, there’s NAFTA… But what other free trade agreements are out there?

 
 
We all know about NAFTA… It’s undergoing its own renegotiation at this very moment, and the trade community needs to continue to keep an eye on what’s happening with NAFTA.
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Compliance Verification Trends: Issue #1 – Jan/Feb 2018

 
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) carries out regular verifications (audits) of import activities in order to ensure compliance with requirements for tariff classification, product valuation and country of origin.
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Scrap metal recycling – business opportunities await

 
Scrap metal recycling involves the recovery of metal scrap from the manufacturing industries and from metal products that have reached the end of their useful life.
 
The scrap metal industry is an important and well-established one that offers both environmental benefits – diverting many tons of material from landfills every year to provide raw material for new products – and economic ones, offering many business opportunities along a complex supply chain.
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Shipping and Freight Rates

 
 
Why the big differences?
 
Have you ever priced out the cost of shipping your goods and widely different quotes or received quotes that fluctuate from one week to the next. What’s going on?
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When your online purchase isn’t such a great deal

 
Have you ever found a great deal online… only to see the savings whittled away by weighty customs fees and taxes when the item is delivered to your door? Here’s what’s happening.
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