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How can we encourage millennials to enter the logistics workforce?

The majority of Canadians in today’s workforce are aged 25-44, according to Statistics Canada. Today’s oldest millennials are aged 35 (born in 1982). This means that a huge portion of our workforce is made up of millennials. Last year, there were almost 4 million jobs in sectors relating to logistics networks, transportation, and customs brokerage-- and the jobs are growing by 3.05 % each year since 2012. However, it seems like the gen...

5 Tips for Lowering Your Shipping Costs

  Many entrepreneurs and business owners face a huge hurdle when unlocking a larger market. While expanding your business and offering worldwide shipping is a surefire way to drive sales, it’s often a challenge to get a handle on your shipping costs. Of course, you want them to be as low as possible, so that your product has the potential to go anywhere, without being a burden. It may or may not come as a surprise that shipping ...

What you need to know about CUFTA (Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement)

Canada is often referred to as an open trade country. Canada now has 13 active free trade agreements with the US, Mexico, Israel, South Korea and others, with 8 other agreements currently in negotiations.  It’s been about a month since the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) has been in effect (it was enacted on August 1st, 2017). What do you need to know?  In essence, this means that Canada has agreed to reduce a majority ...

How to determine your customs valuation

What is a customs valuation? Customs valuation is the identification of the value of the goods intended to be shipped. Of course, CSBA has a requirement that imported goods have a value listed, which in turn is the base amount on which you must calculate the fees-- like duty and taxes-- you will need to pay. It’s not uncommon that importers and business owners grapple a little bit with determining valuations. If you are having trouble...

Are you taking advantage of Canada’s free trade agreements?

Free trade agreements (FTAs) are made between nations that want to ease the flow of goods between countries by reducing fees and duties. Canada is regularly referred to as an open trade country. Canada has 12 active free trade agreements with the US, Mexico, Israel, South Korea and others, with 8 others currently in negotiations. As a Canadian business that imports and exports goods, you should be taking advantage of any available active agree...