Blog Posts

Becoming a Non-Resident Importer (NRI): Is it time?

Becoming a non-resident importer—or NRI—is something you may want to consider if you or your company reside outside of Canada but want to enjoy the same ease at the border as Canadian importers do.

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How do I import wood products into Canada?

 
 
Lumber, firewood, packing material, furniture, home décor… When bringing wood items into the country, importers need to know what’s required of them by Canada Customs and other regulatory agencies.
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CBSA Verification Priorities Update: January 2019

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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6 Ways to Prepare Your Business for the Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year, a major holiday for over a billion people, is just around the corner. And the impacts of the holiday will affect every international supply chain.
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How do I import wood products into the U.S.?

 
 
Plywood, flooring, crates, sculptures… When moving wood items across the border, importers need to know what’s required of them by customs and other regulatory agencies.
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Tesla: Electrifying the Commercial Trucking World

 
 
Tesla, the California-based car maker founded in 2003 and known for its luxury all-electric passenger vehicles – the Model S sedan, Model X SUV and, more recently, the more budget-friendly Model 3 – has growing street cred and a swelling customer base. There are more than 300,000 Tesla cars on the road today.
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New food safety regulations on the way

 
 
Just a reminder  on January 15, 2019, the Safe Food for Canadians Act and Regulations (SFCR) will come into effect. Anyone importing, exporting or handling food should become familiar with the changes and understand how the new regulations will affect their business.
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CPTPP: Pacific Rim Countries Press “GO” on a New Trade Agreement

CPTPP, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, is a free trade agreement between Canada and ten other member states. There have been some substantive developments since we posted our previous blog on the CPTPP last April and the implementation date is just around the corner.
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Blockchain, Distributed Ledgers and Data – Oh My!

 
 
Technology is king. More and more aspects of our lives are going digital and online. Not surprisingly, the shipping industry is being swept up in the tech wave, too. The passage of goods through the border is increasingly done in real time, online and by computers at customs offices. Transport trucks are GPS enabled. Packages are live tracked every step of their journey.
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CBSA Acronyms - Part 3

 
 
Every industry has its jargon and insider-speak. Shipping and logistics is no different. Thankfully, when you get bogged down in letters that just don’t add up, help is at hand – your friendly Cole customs broker will gladly field your questions; CBSA’s “frequently used” acronym list with definitions is online, and our own blog pages have some answers, too.
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