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Changes to NAFTA are coming. What effect will it have?

What is NAFTA? The North American Free Trade Agreement is a trilateral trade agreement between Canada, the USA, and Mexico. It has facilitated the flow of goods and labour between the participating nations and has contributed to the economic stability of the continent since 1994. The politics surrounding free trade have done a total 180 since NAFTA’s enactment. North American governments have been relatively pro free trade in the la...

What You Need to Know About the New Ocean Carrier Alliances

What is an ocean alliance? Different ocean carriers ally strategically to form mutually beneficial agreements; airlines also organizes themselves in this way. The new ocean alliances refer to updates in these strategic partnerships. Typically, these alliances allow ocean carriers to share their fleet, and grow their shipping range. Chances are, if your business is thinking of shipping internationally, you will likely be shipping with ...

Don’t Get Stuck at the Border when Shipping to Canada

Customs compliance can be confusing no matter which country you’re shipping to. Many businesses in the United States believe expanding and shipping to Canada will be a breeze. This is not always the case. Many manufacturers and importers have found the compliance process in Canada to be quite cumbersome. The key to navigating the compliance process and ensuring your products don’t get stuck at the border is hiring a qualified logistics pro...

General Preferential Tariff to expire Jan. 1st, 2015

72 trade-competitive countries will loose their eligibility for General Preferential Tariff, or GPT, come January 1st, 2015. Of these 72 countries, 20 of them have preferred tariff through other trade agreements. All goods originating from these 72 countries will be affected.   Countries loosing GPT status Algeria American Samoa Antigua & Barbuda Antilles, Netherlands Argentina Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Barbados ...

Customs Regulations 2014

The top 5 Customs regulations to look out for in 2014   As a business relying on imports, it is very important to stay on top of ever-changing customs regulations. Whether these changes are foreign or domestic, it is important to understand them and ensure your compliance.  While complying with trade regulation may seem like a chore, it can only better your business and positively influence your decision making.  The following are the to...