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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3D Printing in the Supply Chain

3D printing is another new and exciting technology that has tremendous potential for customized manufacturing and, by extension, supply chain management. Despite the name however, 3D printing has nothing to do with your office-jet printer.

In a comprehensive 2011 white paper from the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, 3D printing is described as an “additive manufacturing” (AM) technology. For example, think of a printer- style machine which allows you to upload a CAD (computer-aided-design) schematic of a machine part. The printer then sprays (i.e. “adds”) successive layers of material onto a tray, or other surface, until it builds the finished product, right in front of your eyes! Unlikely? Not at all. Printers, 3D CAD software and various AM raw materials are already commercially available. You Tube videos abound with examples of 3D printers being used to produce prototypes, samples and finished parts of an incredible variety of items, from toys to building materials to experimental human tissue.

At this stage, 3D printing is more an example of small-scale focused manufacturing than mass production, but the potential impact of this technology on the supply chain is significant. Consider how many industries ship sample products, MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) items, and critical parts to customers who have eliminated inventory to reduce inventory carrying costs. Each of these scenarios involves the traditional cost/service tradeoff of expedited transportation: “How fast can we get it, and at what cost?” Or worse, “What additional costs (or risks) are we incurring every hour we don’t have it?” Sounds simple, but anyone involved in sourcing critical products will tell you it can be a nightmare. The process of finding available supplier inventory, processing the order and arranging expedited transportation can be daunting. And that doesn’t include any of the other business-related functions that can derail the process, such as credit availability, documentation issues and export/import Customs formalities.

Now, drop a 3D printer into the mix and you get an idea of the potential. Expensive inventories of critical parts are replaced by less expensive inventories of additive raw materials. CAD designs are e-mailed to the customer who then prints the item on the spot, eliminating the need for expedited transportation. Cheaper, faster, more responsive. In other words, 3D printing may be seen as a tool for aligning supply chain strategy with the organization’s competitive strategy.

Still not convinced? Amazon, a company recognized as a best-in-class example when it comes to supply chain strategy, has launched a 3D printing store on its website, offering customers the opportunity to “print” a number of customized products, ranging from toys to jewelry. Amazon’s use of 3D printing combines the concepts of focused manufacturing and inventory postponement strategies, impacting everything in the supply chain from supplier relationships to customer service.

3D printing is novel, unique and innovative, much like RFID (radio frequency identification). And, like RFID, there are set up costs involved. But the ROI (return on investment) on 3D printing may be much faster than RFID. In fact, cites research from MIT that seemingly makes 3D printing “technically feasible at the individual or household level”. Granted, you probably won’t find a 3D printer at your local copy-store anytime soon, and 3D printing won’t eliminate the need for transportation. But as 3D printing becomes more accessible, it will have an impact, in some sectors, on logistics patterns, shifting finished goods transportation towards bulk material transportation, lowering customer costs and improving customer response.

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