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CETA & Customs: What you Need to Know About the Canada-EU Trade Deal

Posted by Kelly Freeman on Sep 22, 2017 11:47:17 AM

As of yesterday, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA, between Canada and the European Union is now provisionally in full force. This agreement removes a lot of barriers in trade for Canada's second largest trading partner.

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ICECORP and The Great White North Episode 6: 15 Reasons Why You Should Be Doing Business in Canada

Posted by Kelly Freeman on Jul 14, 2017 9:20:35 AM

In honour of Canada's 150th birthday, we're dedicating this month's Great White North vlog to Canada and why you should be doing business in this country, if you're not already.

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ICECORP and the Great White North Episode 3: Cross-Docking 101

Posted by Kelly Freeman on Jun 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Good day, eh? If you're a company who has a lot of orders going out to a lot of different customers but don't necessarily have enough inventory to put into a different country like Canada or the US, cross-docking is a great alternative solution.

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ICECORP and the Great White North Episode 2: How to Prepare for a Customs Audit

Posted by Kelly Freeman on May 10, 2017 8:43:16 AM

Are you prepared for a customs compliance audit?

On occasion, customs will reach out to you by mail requesting documentation or information on your books and records. If you don’t understand what customs is asking of you and you end up giving too much or too little of information to them, you may get yourself into some trouble.

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Are you Compliant? How NOT to Bankrupt your Company!

Posted by ICECORP on Jan 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Author: Shayne Cannon, Senior Customs Compliance Specialist

Quick question, as a corporation would you guess on your annual tax filing to the government?  As an individual would you approximate your T4 amount to your accountant?  The answer to both of these, I hope, is no.  Unfortunately, customs compliance is often treated in this manner. 

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Where is the customs brokerage industry headed?

Posted by Paul Condeco on Nov 16, 2016 9:00:00 AM

I was having a philosophical moment while sipping on a glass of wine after a rewarding day in the supply chain and compliance industry.  I asked myself the question: where is the customs brokerage industry headed?

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Duty Reduction Strategy: First Sale

Posted by ICECORP on Jul 18, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Author: Paul Condeco, Manager of Sales Development & Strategic Solutions- ICECORP Group

If you are a purchaser, buyer or supply chain professional, you utilize your procurement skills on a daily basis. You would have sourced and leveraged your buying power with suppliers to purchase products across the globe. You would have negotiated with your transportation providers to keep your transportation costs down. You know the duty rate of your product to determine the duty payable to the US government. You run an effective and efficient operation. Is there anything else you could have done to lower your landed costs?

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Dock to Door: A Walk With My Fitbit®

Posted by ICECORP on Jun 6, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Author: Paul Condeco, Manager of Sales Development & Strategic Solutions- ICECORP Group

Recently I decided that enough was enough. I started on the road to get into the best shape of my life. I started a well-known diet regiment that included managing my food intake with points and attending weekly weigh ins where we talk about the food (and wine) we love and the strategies to avoid succumbing to our inner weaknesses. We appreciate our wins and try to move on and not dwell on our setbacks. I step onto that scale with the hope of losing weight and getting fitter.

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Business Dating: Vetting a Potential Supplier

Posted by ICECORP on May 23, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Author: Paul Condeco, Manager of Sales Development & Strategic Solutions- ICECORP Group

It starts by looking at hundreds of online profiles. You narrow your search to profiles that intrigue you. You send them an invite. They accept. You start exchanging emails. Then one of you decides you need to meet... maybe for a coffee or a quick lunch. You exchange ideas, values and what you do for a living. You may continue only talking because you are not ready for a new relationship or you may want to play the field. At some point you may decide to get more serious and get some peer approval. After a while you are going steady and exclusive. If you think I am describing dating in the 21st century, I am not. This is how logistics professionals vet their service providers.

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Misconceptions of Divorcing Your Customs Broker

Posted by ICECORP on Mar 15, 2016 4:16:10 AM

Author: Paul Condeco, Manager of Sales Development & Strategic Solutions- ICECORP Group

Have you ever heard the expression, “You date your forwarder but you marry your broker”? As a logistics professional that has on boarded quite a few customs brokerage clients in my career, I encounter this bit of “wisdom” regularly.

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