Blog Posts

Exporting out of the U.S.


Anyone that exports goods from the U.S. with a commercial value over $2,500 is required to file export information prior to the goods leaving the U.S. via the Automated Export System (AES). What's involved? Read on to get the facts on this important (and relatively new) requirement.
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New food safety regulations inch closer to reality


The new Safe Food for Canadians Act and Regulations (SFCR) will come into effect in just a couple months. Anyone importing, exporting or handling food should understand how they will affect their business and take steps now to be prepared for the January 15th implementation date.
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A new "NAFTA"... The USMCA

After more than a year of intense meetings and negotiations, Canada, the U.S. and Mexico have tentatively settled on a trade deal to replace NAFTA. In the final round of meetings that concluded at the end of September, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was unveiled, sporting changes in the following key areas.
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U.S. Steel and Aluminum Surtax


As many Canadian importers know, as of July 1, Canada is applying a surtax to many goods of U.S. origin that were previously duty-free. This was done as a countermeasure to the U.S. adding tariffs to many Canadian products earlier this year.
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Canadian Customs Bonds


If you are involved in the import, export, manufacturing, sales or distribution of goods in Canada, you may need a Canadian customs bond in order to move your goods across the border.
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Anticipated Freight Rate Increase


Shipping rates change for all kinds of reasons – and fast. Sometimes, it’s almost instant, going up or down overnight, from one shipment to the next.
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7 fun facts you didn't know about the shipping industry


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.
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Compliance Verification Trends Issue #3 – September 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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U.S. Customs bonds: Insufficient bond notices are on the rise

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.
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NAFTA update: September, 2018

NAFTA is again in the news as the three parties – Canada, Mexico and the U.S. – have wrapped up a series of meetings and a new agreement could finally be in sight. But only maybe.
Background information on this important agreement and some of the earlier developments in its renegotiation can be found in our last NAFTA update blog. Read on below for the latest.
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