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Canada passes CUSMA implementation legislation—no ratification yet

Special Notice: Trade attorneys have confirmed the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement will enter into force on July 1, 2020.    Canada rushed through a deal to pass implementation legislation for the CUSMA (Canada-U.S.-Mexico) trade agreement on March 13, 2020 before suspending parliament to help curb the spread of.

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Compliance Verification Trends Issue #8 - April 2020

SPECIAL NOTICE: The CBSA has put off all verification related activities until at least April 20, 2020. The length of this suspension period may be re-evaluated at a later date. We will update you as soon as more information comes available.    Canada Border Services Agency prioritizes certain industries and products.

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Importing wood products and wood packaging into the US and Canada

Wood and wood-containing products can carry and introduce harmful pests, so their import is tightly monitored in both the U.S. and Canada. Wood packaging materials are also subject to import regulation.

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IMO2020 update: fuel prices and carriage ban

On January 1, 2020, IMO2020 came into effect under IMO’s MARPOL treaty limiting sulphur emissions from ocean fuel to 0.5%.

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CUSMA: What’s next for Canadian importer/exporters?

While the U.S. has ratified the new North American free trade agreement between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico, the document has yet to be ratified in Canada.

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U.S. signs the USMCA

*USMCA/CUSMA replaced NAFTA on July 1st, 2020. Read More... At the end of January 2020, President Trump ratified the USMCA free trade agreement, a 2,082-page document replacing the 1994 North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA).

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Logistics 101: Tariff classification

The layman's guide to Tariff classification - Infographic

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Single Window Initiative (SWI) - Survival Guide for importing tires under TC (Transport Canada)

The new SWI landscape The Single Window Initiative means several changes for importers:

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Logistics essentials for agriculture companies

The agriculture industry has a wide range of logistics considerations, including transporting large equipment, and importing/exporting products with varying requirements.

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Compliance Verification Trends Issue #7 - February 2020

Canada Border Services Agency prioritizes certain industries and products for audits to ensure ongoing compliance. The Agency keeps their verification priority list current on their website. Cole’s Audit Response Team also keeps track of trends we see in CBSA verifications, which we share with you regularly so you can.

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