Blog Posts

USMCA/CUSMA a go for July 1

Posted by NAFTA & Free Trade Dept. - Cole International on Apr 29, 2020 1:43:12 PM

Trade attorneys have confirmed the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA, USMCA, T-MEC) will enter into force on July 1, 2020.

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Blockchain: technology or business philosophy?

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on Apr 22, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Much has been written about blockchain as an emerging technology in many industries, and shipping specifically.

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Single Window Initiative (SWI) - Survival Guide for Natural Resource Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency

Posted by CDN Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International on Apr 15, 2020 9:00:00 AM

The new SWI landscape

The Single Window Initiative means several changes for importers:

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CARM features and release updates

Posted by CDN Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International on Apr 13, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Special Notice: CBSA announced on April 21, 2020 the implementation of Release 1 has be pushed back to January 2021 (previously fall 2020) due to COVID-19.

 

CARM, the CBSA’s Customs Assessment and Revenue Management project introduces a suite of new online tools that will transform and streamline the process of importing commercial goods into Canada.

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Canada passes CUSMA implementation legislation—no ratification yet

Posted by NAFTA & Free Trade Dept. - Cole International on Apr 8, 2020 9:00:00 AM

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 coronavirus.

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Compliance Verification Trends Issue #8 - April 2020

Posted by Audit Response Unit (ARU) - Cole International on Apr 1, 2020 9:00:00 AM

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 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 feel secure about your customs compliance.

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Importing wood products and wood packaging into the US and Canada

Posted by CDN Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International on Mar 25, 2020 9:00:00 AM

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

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Mar 18, 2020 9:00:00 AM

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?

Posted by CDN Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International on Mar 11, 2020 9:00:00 AM

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

Posted by Customs Consulting Department on Mar 4, 2020 9:00:00 AM

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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