Shipping is a global industry that has influenced our society since ancient times... but that most people give little thought to. It hardly seems fair to take it for granted, though, given the indispensable role it plays in our lives.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) carries out regular verifications (audits) of import activities in order to ensure compliance with requirements for tariff classification, product valuation and country of origin.
When importing commercial merchandise into the U.S. worth more than $2,500, the importer must post a U.S. customs bond. A customs bond is a contractual agreement between U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the importer of record and a surety company. The bond serves as a promise to CBP that all duties, taxes and fees due to the federal government will be paid, and that all rules and regulations will be adhered to.
Published by the International Chamber of Commerce, Incoterms (short for International commercial terms) serve as standards for the uniform interpretation of common contract clauses in international trade.
The global pharmaceutical market is booming, having grown an estimated 23 percent over the past four years to its current estimated US$10.28 billion value. Shipping and handling of pharmaceutical products is a specialized process that requires care and expertise to ensure product safety and efficacy.
The IMO– the International Maritime Organization – is an agency of the United Nations that is responsible for the safety and security of shipping, and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.
On January 1, 2020, the IMO is reducing the maximum allowable sulphur content of marine fuels (a.k.a. bunker fuel oil) from the current 3.5% to 0.5%. This is likely to impact the shipping supply chain – with respect to both cost and supply – as the industry prepares to meet the new requirements.