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Tariff classification basics

Tariff classification can be confusing—even for the experts! But getting your classification right is a crucial aspect of any import/export business.

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Collaborating with border agencies: 4 ways to build credibility

Traditional perceptions of customs and border agencies evokes an Us vs. Them dynamic. Border agencies are seen as suspicious gatekeepers looking for problems.

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Single Window Initiative (SWI) - Survival Guide #3: Importing Plant Cuttings

The new SWI landscape

The Single Window Initiative means several changes for importers:

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Importing into Canada: A Step-By-Step Process

When you're running a business and you have plans for importing into Canada, it's important to understand the process. Whether you're a U.S. business looking to sell your goods in Canada or your business is located in another country, our step-by-step process will make importing into Canada much easier.

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How climate change is affecting supply chains

At the end of April, 110 shipping companies signed a letter calling for mandatory slow-steaming to be adopted by the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) greenhouse gas (GHG) working group. The letter did not include the signatures of any container carriers, and has created quite a stir. There are ongoing debates over whether slow steaming would work for the container sector, especially when it comes to perishables, such as fruit.

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Logistics 101: Customs Basics

Entering the complex business of import and export can be intense and overwhelming. Our Logistics 101 series is a gentle introduction and an easy-to-follow guide through turbulent, ever-changing waters. We aren’t going to just toss you a compass and wish you luck; we’re in the boat with you, guiding you safely to shore. This series simplifies complex concepts, not just for the sake of it, but to empower you and your team.

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Single Window Initiative (SWI) - Survival Guide #2: Beef and Pork

The new SWI landscape

The Single Window Initiative means several changes for importers:

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Single Window Initiative (SWI) - Survival Guide #1: Importing Chicken Breasts

The new SWI landscape

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Compliance Verification Trends Issue #4 - May 2019

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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Working with a Freight Forwarder: Part 2

Last week, we shared eight great reasons to choose a freight forwarder instead of working directly with a carrier to move your shipments. This week, we dive deeper into the work a forwarder does before your shipment even leaves your warehouse.

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