Blog Posts

NAFTA update: February, 2018

 
Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, neighbours who trade more than $1 trillion annually, have been negotiating since August to rework this 24-year-old trade deal between them.
 
But NAFTA talks are moving slowly as Canada and Mexico seek to address a series of radical U.S. demands for change.
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So, there’s NAFTA… But what other free trade agreements are out there?

 
 
We all know about NAFTA… It’s undergoing its own renegotiation at this very moment, and the trade community needs to continue to keep an eye on what’s happening with NAFTA.
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Compliance Verification Trends: Issue #1 – Jan/Feb 2018

 
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.
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Scrap metal recycling – business opportunities await

 
Scrap metal recycling involves the recovery of metal scrap from the manufacturing industries and from metal products that have reached the end of their useful life.
 
The scrap metal industry is an important and well-established one that offers both environmental benefits – diverting many tons of material from landfills every year to provide raw material for new products – and economic ones, offering many business opportunities along a complex supply chain.
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Shipping and Freight Rates

 
 
Why the big differences?
 
Have you ever priced out the cost of shipping your goods and widely different quotes or received quotes that fluctuate from one week to the next. What’s going on?
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When your online purchase isn’t such a great deal

 
Have you ever found a great deal online… only to see the savings whittled away by weighty customs fees and taxes when the item is delivered to your door? Here’s what’s happening.
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What’s the deal with shipping delays?

 
 
Have you ever experienced delays in getting your shipment from A to B? Who hasn’t? Delays are, unfortunately, nearly inevitable for businesses that frequently transport goods – whether across town or halfway around the globe.
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The Canada Border Services Agency updates its verification targets

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) posted on its website a few additions to the list of goods which are currently subject to its verification priorities.
 
Through verifications the Agency assesses importers' compliance with CBSA administered legislation, determines compliance within industry sectors and assesses the integrity of trade data received from importers.
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Single Window Initiative

 
The Single Window Initiative (SWI) is a streamlined process that allows importers to provide information to all requisite government agencies and departments through a single submission. The SWI has been phased in over the past three years, with full functionality available as of March this year.
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New Transport Canada regulations to affect commercial drivers

Transport Canada announced last week (Dec. 18) new regulations requiring the adoption of two new technologies by commercial trucks and buses and their drivers. These new regulations mirror similar road safety regulations already in place in the U.S.
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