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Incoterms: A Complete Guide

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Feb 3, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Incoterms is the shorter version of International Commercial Terms. These specific terms are used throughout international commercial transactions. They are three-letter trade terms used to clearly communicate the risks, costs, and tasks associated with international transportation and the delivery of goods.

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CBSA Verification Priorities: January 2020

Posted by Customs Consulting Department on Jan 29, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Are your goods on it?

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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9 Tips for Choosing a Freight Forwarder in the USA

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Jan 27, 2020 9:30:00 AM

When you need a freight forwarder in the USA, you have plenty of options, but not all the options are the same. Finding the right partner for your needs may take some research. It's not as easy as just choosing any US freight forwarding company.

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Single Window Initiative (SWI) - Survival Guide for importing commodities under ECCC (Environment And Climate Change Canada) Vehicle And Engine Emissions Program

Posted by CDN Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International on Jan 22, 2020 9:00:00 AM

The new SWI landscape

The Single Window Initiative means several changes for importers:

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5 logistics essentials for vehicle importers

Posted by Vehicle Imports Dept. - Cole International on Jan 20, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Canadian importers frequently need to move American vehicles across the border. The most common scenarios for importing vehicles tend to fall into these categories:

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5 logistics essentials for e-commerce companies

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on Jan 15, 2020 9:00:00 AM

E-commerce is a massive industry accounting for 3.5 trillion USD in sales globally in 2019—and that number is only projected to rise.

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Hiring a Freight Forwarder in Canada? 4 Things to Consider

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Jan 13, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Choosing the right freight forwarder in Canada isn't always an easy task. Finding a company you're comfortable working with matters, as you want to ensure your Canadian freight forwarder will move your items quickly and safely.

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A closer look: end use tariff codes

Posted by CDN Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International on Jan 8, 2020 9:00:00 AM

End use tariff codes or conditional relief tariff items reduce or eliminate the rates of duty that would otherwise apply, provided that the conditions of relief imposed under the tariff item are satisfied.

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International vs. Domestic Freight Forwarding: Understanding the Difference

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Jan 6, 2020 11:30:00 AM

Whether you need an international freight forwarder or a domestic freight forwarder, you will be hiring a company with a specialty in working with multiple shipping companies to move your goods from point A to point B. Sometimes, freight forwarders are referred to as the travel agents of international and domestic trade.

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Keeping great records: a guide

Posted by Canadian Customs Dept. - Cole International on Dec 18, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Maintaining a paper trail of documentation as an importer or exporter is a must. If you are audited, clear and complete records need to be at your fingertips. But, which documents need to be kept? For how long? This week, we offer you a clear guide to keeping great records.

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