Blog Posts

Understanding Surtax

Posted by CDN Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International on Sep 25, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Surtaxes can be confusing for importers bringing goods into Canada. They can arrive without warning and change just as fast. Cole’s Consulting department took the time to explain the basics of surtax for companies bringing goods and services into Canada.

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Basic Guide to U.S. Customs for Importers

Posted by U.S. Customs Dept. - Cole International on Sep 23, 2019 9:00:00 AM

If you're planning to start an importing business, U.S. Customs will likely become something you will need to understand. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and CBP is in charge of regulating all goods imported into the United States from other countries.

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Logistics 101: Freight

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Sep 18, 2019 9:00:00 AM

International shipping and freight is a complicated business. When moving goods over land, sea, and air, there are a lot of moving pieces and a lot of industry-specific terminology that can be confusing. We’ve put together a brief introductory guide to help you navigate the real basics of freight.

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Black Friday approaches. Are you ready?

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on Sep 16, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Black Friday, Cyber Monday (falling on November 29 and December 2 this year) and the ensuing shopping frenzy leading up to Christmas bring significant opportunities – and challenges – to myriad businesses worldwide. Major global shipping companies deliver hundreds of millions of packages in the month between Black Friday and New Year’s Eve.

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Single Window Initiative (SWI) - Survival Guide for importing explosives

Posted by CDN Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International on Sep 11, 2019 9:00:00 AM

The new SWI landscape

The Single Window Initiative means several changes for importers:

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Getting Up to Speed with Incoterms

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on Sep 4, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Incoterms (or international commercial terms) designed to assist traders when goods are sold and transported. Published by the International Chamber of Commerce, the terms clearly communicate the costs and risks associated with the transportation and delivery of goods. The Incoterms rules are used by buyers and sellers worldwide for clear interpretation of the most commonly used terms in international trade.

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Single Window Initiative (SWI): Survival Guide for importing fresh seafood

Posted by CDN Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International on Aug 28, 2019 9:00:00 AM

The new SWI landscape

The Single Window Initiative means several changes for importers:

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Border delay troubleshooting guide

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on Aug 21, 2019 9:00:00 AM

We recently spoke with Jey Sanmuganathan, Cole’s Western Regional Manager of Customs in Canada, to learn more about when to engage a customs broker to avoid delays and penalties.

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Five Oil & Gas Logistics Essentials

Posted by Project Logistics Dept. on Aug 14, 2019 9:00:00 AM

For the energy sector, well-planned and executed logistics can make or break a project’s timeline. In our decades of oil and gas experience, the most common logistics scenarios we work with include:

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IMO2020: How the new sulphur emissions cap impacts you

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Aug 7, 2019 9:00:00 AM

IMO2020 refers to a new mandated decrease of sulphur in fuel oil which comes into effect for the shipping industry January 1, 2020. The mandate calls for a decrease in sulphur to 0.5% m/m (mass by mass).

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