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Imports from Free Trade Countries made easy

Cole International’s complete customs brokerage solutions cover your shipments to and from anywhere in North America, including Mexico – and beyond.

When you import goods from other countries, the convoluted, multi-layered complexities of Free Trade Agreements (FTA’s), including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), can seem an overwhelming obstacle to your business. Relax – Cole International is very well versed in the ins and outs of all free trade agreements and especially the NAFTA Agreement, and we’ll guide you smoothly through the complicated compliance process.

As our clients have identified the need for assistance not only with NAFTA but with all of Canada’s Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), we recently expanded our NAFTA Department to become the International Trade Department.

A Free Trade Agreement allows you to compete on a more level playing field with businesses in the FTA partner country. By identifying, soliciting and verifying the countries that are now part of FTAs with Canada, we can help minimize free trade exceptions and reduce or eliminate tariffs payable on the goods you import.

Canada has free trade agreements with more than 10 countries and is in negotiations with more than 60 countries, including some of the world’s key markets. It is important to note that each FTA covers different industry sectors and contains different provisions, depending on the FTA partner.

True to our comprehensive, proactive, full-service approach, Cole International will:

  • Update your database to ensure correct application of the Free Trade Agreement
  • Maintain certificates to prevent duplication and minimize exposure
  • Identify potential refunds on qualifying goods
  • Provide detailed, customized reports
  • Review suppliers’ certificates and seek corrective action where required
  • Provide full technical support for clients and vendors.