Important Deadline, USA Bound Food Products


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law on January 4, 2011, enables FDA to better protect public health by strengthening the food safety system.

The Issue:

A significant deadline for “food facilities” is fast approaching.  Among many other changes, FSMA amended Section 415 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act (FD&C Act) [21 U.S.C. § 350D], which requires domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for human or animal consumption in the U.S. to register with FDA. Under FSMA, all food facilities that are required to register with FDA under Section 415 of the FD&C Act must renew their registrations with FDA, every other year, during the period of time beginning on October 1 and ending on December 31 of each even-numbered year.

Consequence of Non-Compliance:

Beginning on January 1, 2015, if a foreign food facility is required to register with FDA, but fails to do so, food from that facility that is being imported or offered for import into the U.S. is subject to be held under Section 801(l) of the FD&C Act.

Food Facility Registrations (FFR) that are not renewed by December 31, 2014 will be subject to invalidation of registration and could result in food shipments manufactured by those facilities without valid registrations to be held at the port upon arrival in the U.S.

More Information:

For more information on the FDA food facility registration requirement, see FDA’s website at: For assistance with registration issues contact FDA Industry Systems Help Desk at 800-216-7331 or 301-575-0156. For assistance via email, utilize the form on FDA’s website

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Date limite importante, Produits alimentaires destinés aux É.-U.

Contexte :

La Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), passée le 4 janvier 2011, permet à la FDA de mieux protéger la santé publique en renforçant le système de sécurité alimentaire.

Le problème :

Une data limite importante pour les « installations alimentaires » approche à grand pas.  Parmi d’autres nombreux changements, la FSMA a modifié la Section 415 de laFederal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act (FD&C Act) [21 U.S.C. § 350D], qui exige que les installations qui produisent, traitent, emballent ou entreposent de la nourriture destinée à la consommation humaine ou animale aux É.-U. soient enregistrées auprès de la FDA. Conformément à la FSMA, toutes les installations alimentaires qui doivent s’enregistrer auprès de la FDA dans le cadre de la Section 415 de la FD&C Act doivent renouveler leurs inscriptions auprès de la FDA, tous les deux ans, au cours de la période s’écoulant du 1er octobre au 31 décembre de chaque année dont le nombre est pair.

Conséquences en cas de non respect :

À partir du 1er janvier 2015, si une installation alimentaire étrangère doit s’enregistrer auprès de la FDA mais manque de le faire, la nourriture provenant de cette installation, qui est importée ou offerte à l’importation dans les É.-U. sera sujette à une saisie, conformément à la Section 801(l) du FD&C Act.

Les Food Facility Registrations (FFR) qui ne sont pas renouvelées avant le 31 décembre 2014 seront sujettes à une invalidation d’enregistrement, ce qui pourrait alors entraîner une saisie des cargaisons de la nourriture fabriquée par ces installations sans enregistrements valides lors de leur arrivée aux É.-U.

Plus de renseignements?

Pour plus de renseignements au sujet des exigences d’enregistrement des installations alimentaires de la FDA, consultez le site Web de la FDA sur : Pour obtenir une aide par rapport aux problèmes d’enregistrement, veuillez contacter l’Assistance des Systèmes d’Industrie de la FDA au 800-216-7331 ou 301-575-0156. Pour obtenir de l’aide via courriel, utilisez le formulaire sur le site Web de la FDA

Cole International Supports Canadian Cancer Society

wanted photoCole International is proud to have participated in the Canadian Cancer Society’s 2014 Jail’n Bail on Tuesday, October 7th, by requesting our Executive VP, COO – Kyle Johnston be arrested in support of the cause.  Kyle’s original bail was set to $1,500, however throughout the week leading up to the event and the day of, his final bail was determined by the judge and set at $3,750.  Mr. Johnston reached his bail before being released and surpassed it raising over $5,000 through donations made online and in person.

The fundraiser’s goal is set to raise $50,000 between four city’s in Alberta that participate (Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Lethbridge) and as of today, the Canadian Cancer Society has raised over $90,000 through online donations and the total continues to climb. Cole International would like to thank and congratulate all those that work so hard to make this fundraiser a success each year, our COO for being such a good sport during the event and all those friends and family that donated to such an important cause.

Visit the Calgary Sun Jail’n Bail article for pictures from the event.

Vehicle Exports from USA, “Informed Compliance Period” Over

As previously reported (April 5, 2014), the U.S. Census Bureau implemented mandatory filing of export information through the Automated Export System (AES) for ALL shipments of USED SELF-PROPELLED VEHICLES from the USA to Canada. See full story at: 

Subsequent to the April 5, 2014 implementation, the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) agreed to provide an additional 180 days for exporters to come into compliance with the new requirements.  During this 180 day period the Census Bureau and CBP would use “informed compliance” to educate the trade community on the new requirements. During this time, no penalties would be issued for failure to comply with the new requirements. Informed Compliance means that rather than issuing penalties, they would coach and counsel exporters on how to become compliant. See update to original story at:

September 25, 2014 Update: 

The 180 day informed compliance period is over on October 2, 2014.  This means that the CBP will begin to issue penalties for non-compliance with the AES Filing requirement.  Penalties for non-compliance can be significant, up to $10,000.00, so it is imperative that you are prepared!

How can Cole International help?

For both commercial and individual importers, Cole International provides a full range of services to ensure that your vehicle import (and export) goes smoothly. We can:

  • Arrange for transportation (if required)
  • Apply for and monitor the U.S. ’72 hour requirement’
  • File the NEW MANDATORY U.S. Census Bureau information on your behalf
  • Provide a vehicle import account, including Import Business Number
  • Pay all applicable duties and taxes
  • Prepare and remit all the necessary paperwork before your vehicle arrives at the border
  • Prepare RIV forms, pay RIV fees, remit recall letter, monitor & secure RIV Form 2

For more information:

Debbie Jo Willard - Vehicle Imports – Calgary, AB  403-219-2289

Ken Campbell - Manager, Vehicle Imports – Calgary, AB  403-514-7438

Garry Reynolds - Branch Manager – Lacolle, QC  450-246-3950

Wayne Willis  – Vehicle Import Compliance Specialist – Emerson, MB –  204-373-2549


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General Preferential Tariff Removal – Exemption

Back Ground:

As you may know, On January 1, 2015, approximately 72 countries are slated to be removed from the benefits of the General Preferential Tariff (GPT). In other words, goods imported into Canada – directly from one of these countries – will no longer benefit from reduced rates of duty under the GPT.  *see link below for full story

Examples of Countries:

China, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey.  The complete list  of countries is available in the link below.

What happens to goods “caught in the middle” of dates?

If your goods were in transit to Canada before January 1, 2015 they will still be entitled to the benefits of the GPT even though they arrive in Canada and are Customs cleared after January 1, 2015.

The “Date of Direct Shipment” (along with the usual origin criteria) will be used to determine GPT eligibility for these shipments.  The Date of Direct Shipment is defined as ‘the date that the goods began their continuous journey to Canada’.

How does this affect you and what do you need to do?

Cole will actively monitor imports for a period of time after January 1, 2015 to ensure that the benefits of the GPT are afforded to our clients in all cases where eligible.  Please contact the Cole Technical Services Representative on your account if you would like to discuss a specific shipment in this regard.

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Know The Risks, International Trade & Transportation

Have you seen the TV commercial that asks “Why do we think – just because we can look it up…we can do it”?  It promotes the importance of using a real estate agent, and tells us why people should leave it to the professionals when it comes to buying or selling a house.  The same words of wisdom can apply to the international trade and transportation of commercial goods.

The international trade and transportation of commercial goods is a complex process that requires planning, thought and expertise.  Each different export country and destination country has its own unique rules and requirements that must be followed. A Customs and freight forwarding professional like Cole International can help you through the process.

Unfortunately, even when all necessary precautions have been taken upfront, and you’ve hired a professional, there are still things beyond anyone’s control that can affect the timeliness or condition of a shipment. We don’t want to scare you or deter you from placing or sending that next overseas order, we just think it’s important for you to know that delays can occur for a variety of reasons such as:

Beyond Control

  1. Strikes (carriers, ports, Customs, etc.)
  2. Capacity, balance or weight issues on vessel / aircraft
  3. Weather
  4. Quarantine issues
  5. Water level in seas, rivers or ports
  6. Inspection in a transit country
  7. Civil unrest in origin, transit or destination country

Within Control

  1. Lead-time of the order (was it placed with enough time to take into account unforeseen delays?)
  2. Unmarked or incorrectly marked packaging material for destination country
  3. Licence or permit issue (import or export license / permit is not present)
  4. Incorrect, incomplete or late documentation
  5. Shipping contract dispute (payment terms, Incoterms)
  6. Shipping weight of container exceeds weight limits in destination country

Cole International provides a full spectrum of customs brokerage and freight forwarding services that reduce the risks associated with importing and exporting goods and accelerates the transport of goods across international borders. With a broad base of experience and a strong network of offices strategically located across Canada and the USA, Cole International provides international coverage with personalized customer service.

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