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Bug-Free Pallets Could Add to Border Delays

Until recently, shipments entering the United States from Canada were exempt from a requirement that all wooden pallets be treated for bugs prior to arrival at the border.  But now, the U.S. Animal And Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is … Continue reading

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Canada Gets High Marks from World Bank

Every year, the World Bank releases an “Ease of Doing Business” analysis, which ranks 183 different countries based on certain economic indicators.  In its most recent “Doing Business 2011” report, Canada was ranked number 7 for “ease of doing business,” … Continue reading

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U.S. Customs’ Internal Assessment Program – Right for your Business?

Businesses that regularly import goods into the U.S. face the possibility each year of being selected for a Customs and Border Patrol “Focused Assessment.” What is a focused assessment?  Quite simply, it’s an audit. Each year, CBP selects importers and … Continue reading

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Seven Top Questions to Ask to Create an Efficient Supply Chain

According to the bellwether Institute for Supply Management, April marked the 23rd consecutive month of overall growth for the U.S. economy.  In addition, the ISM reported that the U.S. manufacturing sector is in the midst of 21 months of economic … Continue reading

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Online Tool Simplifies Tariff Assessments

A new online platform from the U.S. International Trade Administration (ITA) allows exporters to know, at the click of a mouse, tariff assessments for shipments headed to any of the countries with which the U.S.  has in place a Free … Continue reading

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Don’t Let an Ill-Prepared Shipping Label Hold You Up

Sometimes it’s the easy things that can mess you up.  Take shipping to Canada.  Most businesses are so concerned about the Customs clearance process, and making sure that they don’t get slapped with hidden fees or unexpected delays, that they … Continue reading

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Canada by the Numbers: Top Reasons to Expand Your Customer Base North

Looking to increase your customer base? Expanding to new markets and even new countries is a common plan. As a US based business, Canada is an obvious place to look, because of its close proximity and the many cultural similarities … Continue reading

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78 Percent of Duty Drawbacks go Unclaimed!

Are you in the habit of allowing the federal government to keep more of your money than is legally necessary?  Well, according to reports, each year the U.S. Customs Border Patrol (CBP) holds as much as 78 percent – a … Continue reading

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Ten Things to Know When Shipping to Canada

U.S. businesses are increasingly realizing the potential of expanding to the Canadian market, where just across our northern border, live 33 million potential customers, and an economy that weathered the recent recession far better than the U.S. did.  But before … Continue reading

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Limit Driver Hours – DOT Proposal Provokes Stiff Opposition

If your favorite driver is looking a little more chipper these days, it could be because of the Department of Transportation’s proposal to cut an hour from his current 11-hour per day driving limit, and impose other restrictions on driver … Continue reading

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