Blog Posts

IMO 2020 Rule

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


The IMO  the International Maritime Organization  is an agency of the United Nations that is responsible for the safety and security of shipping, and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.
On January 1, 2020, the IMO is reducing the maximum allowable sulphur content of marine fuels (a.k.a. bunker fuel oil) from the current 3.5% to 0.5%. This is likely to impact the shipping supply chain – with respect to both cost and supply – as the industry prepares to meet the new requirements.  
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Importing into the U.S. and the “Reasonable Care” requirement

Posted by U.S. Customs Dept. - Cole International on Aug 1, 2018 8:55:00 AM


The process of clearing goods through U.S. customs can seem a bit cumbersome and confusing. In this blog, we’ll aim to clarify the legal requirement to use “reasonable care” when importing goods into the U.S.
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CBSA’s latest Targeted Verification Priorities is out. Are your goods on the list?

Posted by CDN Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International on Jul 25, 2018 8:55:00 AM
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) targets specific industries and products for extra attention at the border to ensure importers are compliant with requirements for tariff classification, product valuation and country of origin.
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Canadian food safety standards get an update

Posted by Canadian Customs Dept. - Cole International on Jul 18, 2018 8:55:00 AM


Canada is already known for having one of the strongest food safety systems in the world. Soon, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will roll out new regulations that will raise the standard even higher – while also streamlining the regulatory system and aligning Canadian businesses with existing requirements in other countries.
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Country of Origin and Why It Matters

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on Jul 11, 2018 8:55:00 AM
(hint: it may not be the U.S.) 

Country of origin is an important piece of information on all import documents. Even more so now, with increasingly more U.S. products being subject to duties in the ongoing “trade war” between our two countries. Incorrectly indicating the U.S. as the country of origin could mean you'll unnecessarily pay hundreds or thousands of dollars in duties and surtaxes.
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Fun with acronyms!

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Jul 4, 2018 8:55:00 AM

Most industries and workplaces – not to mention sports and pastimes – have their own jargon, which often includes a whole vocabulary of acronyms. The shipping and logistics industry is no exception. Even if you’re properly familiar with an industry, there are probably some that still give you pause – or seem downright foreign.
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Trucking Industry Update

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Jun 27, 2018 8:55:00 AM

In today’s world of fast-paced global trade, the work of the humble trucker is still very much in demand. And despite the proliferation of cargo ships, trains and jet planes taking our goods from A to B, trucks remain an essential part of the supply chain for many consumer goods.
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Shipping container inspections got you down?

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Jun 20, 2018 8:55:00 AM
Inspections at marine ports of entry can cause major headaches for importers. They are supposed to be quick and efficient… weed out the bad apples and let the rest get on with business, right? So why were your goods stalled for so long – at great expense to you?
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Importing wooden articles into Canada

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on Jun 13, 2018 9:21:19 AM
If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you might remember an earlier entry on importing wood items into Canada. This one seemed to strike a chord, so we’re reposting some of the key information. If you’re one of many with lingering uncertainty about the requirements around importing wood items, read on.
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Changes to Canada’s trade remedy system

Posted by CDN Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International on Jun 8, 2018 9:00:00 AM
Canada’s trade remedy system provides a legal way to prevent unfair competition from foreign producers. Recent changes to this system affect regulations under both SIMA (the Special Import Measures Act) and CITT (the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act) and have implications for Canadian importers and exporters.
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