You and your customs broker: It takes two
Finding the right customs broker is like hiring anyone else to work for your company: you need to ask the right questions to make sure you're teaming up with the right person. There are many customs brokerages willing to work for you. It's up to you to identify the one that will be the best fit – who will work as.
Incoterms – Providing clarity in International Trade
What are Incoterms? Incoterms (full name: international commercial terms) are standard sets of terms and conditions designed to assist traders when goods are sold and transported. Published by the International Chamber of Commerce, they are intended to clearly communicate the costs and risks associated with the.
A golden opportunity for U.S. importers: Importer Self-Assessment
What is it? Importer Self-Assessment is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that offers qualified U.S. importers exemptions from certain security inspections and comprehensive audits, as well as expedited cargo release services. Started in 2002, the ISA program is based on the premise that importers.
Importing Wooden Products into Canada
The Canadian government regulates the import of all wooden products and wood-containing products into Canada. And, because these items can carry and introduce harmful pests, their import is tightly controlled. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) works closely with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to.
NAFTA update – President Trump gets serious
What’s going on? *USMCA/CUSMA replaced NAFTA on July 1st, 2020. Read More... U.S. President Donald Trump has released a draft letter to Congress outlining the administration’s goals for a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Trump has been talking about renegotiating the decades-old agreement.
U.S. customs compliance: A refresher
If you’ve been reading our blogs you might have caught our previous posts on this topic – for example, this one on customs negligence, and this more recent one on the “Mod Act” and non-compliance penalties. But if you’re importing into the U.S., this is important stuff – and it can be a bit confusing – even for a.
Take charge of the shipping process to improve your success rate at the border and beyond
We hear concerns from importers and exporters every day. Concerns such as… "My carrier had to wait at the border, causing delays for not just my shipment but all the shipments on the truck." "My air shipment arrived and was not accepted by CBSA so it didn’t clear until the next day. I might as well have sent it.
Importing into the U.S. – Changes aplenty
February 2017 update We published a blog on this same topic just a few months ago (Change is in the air) and thought we should provide a few updates on developments that have occurred since. With a new U.S. administration in place, there are bound to be ongoing effects to the import/export community so check back.
The U.S. is proposing a “20% border tax.” What will it mean for you?
Donald Trump’s administration is talking about introducing a 20% “border tax” on imports to the U.S. to help pay for the proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. At this point, the tax is theoretical but apparently would apply to imports from countries with whom the U.S. has a trade deficit. If this holds true,.
The U.S. government and “America First” – what it means to you
New leader, new direction With every new administration come new policies, and the recently-anointed President Trump’s government is no exception. And, although Trump has been outspoken about some of his planned changes, it’s still not clear if or when they will become reality.