Blog Posts

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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GST Direct Payment for Importers - Reduce Your Burden

Posted by CDN Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International on Jun 6, 2018 8:55:00 AM
 
As a commercial importer, you know all about your obligations to pay GST on the goods you bring into the country.
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Do you receive shipments from China?

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Jun 1, 2018 3:10:50 PM
If so, we’d like to clear up a new – and potentially confusing – requirement.
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Maintaining Your Records

Posted by CDN Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International on May 30, 2018 8:55:00 AM

 
Compliance
 
Customs compliance is an essential part of every import business. Being compliant means being aware of – and abiding by – the laws and policies regulating imports and exports. Savvy importers adopt comprehensive company-wide compliance practices and keep on top of regulatory changes to adapt as necessary.
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Certificates of Origin

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on May 23, 2018 8:58:00 AM

 
A certificate of origin is a legal document that certifies a product’s country of origin. Certificates of origin (COs) are needed to assess the correct duty and to qualify imported products for reduced duty under free trade agreements (FTAs).
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NAFTA Update - May 2018

Posted by NAFTA & Free Trade Dept. - Cole International on May 16, 2018 9:36:31 AM
Canada, the U.S. and Mexico – neighbours who trade more than $1 trillion per year among them – have been negotiating since August to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement.
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Importing Vehicles into the U.S.

Posted by U.S. Customs Dept. - Cole International on May 9, 2018 8:57:00 AM

 

 
Bringing a vehicle into the U.S. involves several steps and – most of the time – payment of duties and taxes (much like importing a vehicle into Canada, which was explained in a previous blog).
 
If the vehicle will stay in the U.S. for more than 365 days, if it’s a permanent move, or if the vehicle is imported for commercial use, the owner must import the vehicle immediately upon entering the U.S.
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General Average – Are you covered?

Posted by Canadian Customs Dept. - Cole International on May 2, 2018 8:57:00 AM
 
When you ship by sea, cargo insurance is a must. Even if your shipment seems indestructible… isn’t travelling far… or isn’t very valuable, insuring oceangoing goods is always recommended.
 
Without insurance, you could be on the hook for a significant charge if a General Average is declared.
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