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off·shor·ing

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on Sep 12, 2018 8:55:00 AM

 

 
/äfˈSHôriNG/
noun
  • the practice of basing some of a company's processes or services overseas, so as to take advantage of lower costs.
In today’s fast-paced and ultra-connected world, many companies are offshoring aspects of their business to cut costs. This is all fine and good when those savings are passed on to you, right?
 
Or is it?
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Incoterms 2020: A Primer

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Sep 5, 2018 8:55:00 AM

 

 
What are Incoterms?
 
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.
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CBSA Acronyms - Part 2

Posted by Canadian Customs Dept. - Cole International on Aug 29, 2018 8:55:00 AM

 

 
Customs and acronyms – A match made in heaven?
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A new standard in quality for the pharmaceutical supply chain

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Aug 22, 2018 8:55:00 AM

 

 
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.
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CBSA Acronyms - Part 1

Posted by Canadian Customs Dept. - Cole International on Aug 15, 2018 8:55:00 AM
 

 
Customs and acronyms – A match made in heaven?
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IMO 2020 Rule

Posted by Freight Forwarding Dept. - Cole International on Aug 8, 2018 8:55:00 AM

 


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.  
 
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Importing into the U.S. and the “Reasonable Care” requirement

Posted by U.S. Customs Dept. - Cole International on Aug 1, 2018 8:55:00 AM

 

 
The process of clearing goods through U.S. customs can seem a bit cumbersome and confusing. In this blog, we’ll aim to clarify the legal requirement to use “reasonable care” when importing goods into the U.S.
 
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CBSA’s latest Targeted Verification Priorities is out. Are your goods on the list?

Posted by CDN Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International on Jul 25, 2018 8:55:00 AM
 
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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Canadian food safety standards get an update

Posted by Canadian Customs Dept. - Cole International on Jul 18, 2018 8:55:00 AM

 

 
Canada is already known for having one of the strongest food safety systems in the world. Soon, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will roll out new regulations that will raise the standard even higher – while also streamlining the regulatory system and aligning Canadian businesses with existing requirements in other countries.
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Country of Origin and Why It Matters

Posted by Customs Brokerage Department - Cole International on Jul 11, 2018 8:55:00 AM
(hint: it may not be the U.S.) 

  
Country of origin is an important piece of information on all import documents. Even more so now, with increasingly more U.S. products being subject to duties in the ongoing “trade war” between our two countries. Incorrectly indicating the U.S. as the country of origin could mean you'll unnecessarily pay hundreds or thousands of dollars in duties and surtaxes.
 
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