Blog Posts

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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8 Reasons To Choose A Freight Forwarder

When you’re moving a shipment, it may be tempting to go directly to a carrier rather than working with a freight forwarder. What added value does a forwarder bring? Here are eight great examples.

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Freight forwarder vs. customs broker vs. full-service logistics provider

Are freight forwarders the same as customs brokers? What’s the difference? And what is a full-service logistics provider anyway?
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Important changes to the Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS)

On April 1, 2019, increased penalty fees for 22 of the 152 AMPS contraventions were announced. Why? The Auditor General of Canada criticized the CBSA’s penalties for being too low to improve compliance with trade programs. The new stiffer fines are intended to keep commercial clients walking the straight and narrow.
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Cole’s Guide to the New Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR)

The Government of Canada released its new Safe Food for Canadians Act and Regulations on January 15, 2019. Consolidating 14 sets of food regulations into one, the updates aim to overcome risks and challenges related to the speed, volume and complexity of current food production. Some requirements (such as licensing) will have to be met now, while other requirements will be phased in over a period of 12-30 months based on food commodity, type of activity, and business size.
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7 Strategies to Reduce Shipping Costs

Reducing shipping costs is always top of mind when your business relies on moving goods. Whether you’re shipping within one country, across the border, or across the ocean, here are Cole’s top strategies to reduce shipping costs. [Read More]

Making Incoterms Work for You

What are Incoterms?
Published by the International Chamber of Commerce and recognized by governments, legal authorities and companies worldwide, Incoterms (or “Incoterms rules” or International commercial terms) are three-letter codes that convey the tasks, costs, responsibilities and risks associated with the transportation and delivery of goods.
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Single Window Initiative launch date DELAYED

Important notice: CBSA has delayed the mandatory go-live date of April 1st. A new date will be announced in the coming days.
Our blog followers—and Canadian importers in general—will be well aware that the Single Window Initiative is inching closer to realization. Government and industry updates have probably been coming at you fast and furious for the past year or two. And for good reason! This is a major undertaking and it will affect the importing processes in a pretty big way.
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Customs Rulings and how they work!

There's a lot to know about moving goods across the border. The customs landscape—riddled with complex processes and mired in legalese and industry lingo—can be perplexing and frustrating. Nevertheless, importers need to do it right—by knowing their roles and responsibilities and, sometimes, by seeking professional support.

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