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Potential SIMA Duty on Certain Off-Road Tires Imported Into the USA

The Issue:

Anti-dumping Duties and / or Countervailing Duties may soon be assessed on importations of “New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires From India, the People’s Republic of China and Sri Lanka into the USA.

On February 3, 2016, the Department of Commerce initiated its less-than-fair-value and countervailing duty investigations on “New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires” from India and the People’s Republic of China (PRC), as well as a countervailing (subsidizing) duty investigation  on the same merchandise from Sri Lanka.

What Are Anti-dumping (AD) & Countervailing (CVD) Duties?

Dumping occurs when a foreign producer sells a product in the United States at a price that is below that producer's sales price in its home market, or at a price that is lower than its cost of production.  Subsidization occurs when a government provides financial assistance to benefit the production, manufacture, or exportation of a good.

More information and FAQ’s on the process of the investigation can be found at:



Description Of  Tires Covered In The Investigation:


What Do You Need To Do?

In this stage of the process, interested parties have the opportunity to comment on the scope of the proceeding.  Information on how and where to file comments, as well as the deadline for filing such comments, can be found in the above link. 

If a positive injury decision is reached, duty rates are often substantial.  They are dependent on the degree of injury caused by the dumping or subsidizing of the good.  For this reason, it is important that you keep up to date on the issue.  Cole will continue to monitor the situation and publish updates as they are received.

Contact: Cole International USA, Inc.

Pembina Branch
222 South - 5 Street
Pembina, North Dakota
Phone: 701-825-6396
Fax: 701-825-6398
Portal Branch
PO Box 155
Portal, North Dakota 
Phone: 701-926-2653
Fax: 701-926-2654
Port Huron / Detroit Branch
803-B 10 Avenue
Port Huron, Michigan
Phone: 810-966-9225
Fax: 810-966-9575
Sweetgrass Branch
115 Central Avenue
Sweetgrass, Montana 
Phone: 406-335-4000
Fax: 406-335-4004
Buffalo Branch
2094 Grand Island Boulevard
Grand Island, New York
Phone: 716-773-9207
Fax: 716-773-9445

Champlain Branch
42, 100 Walnut Street
Champlain, New York 
Phone: 518-298-6600
Fax: 518-298-6666

Blaine Branch
441 Peace Portal Drive
Blaine, Washington
Phone: 360-332-1124
Fax: 360-332-1135


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New Timelines Announced for ACE

After significant advocacy by many customs and freight related organizations surrounding the trade community’s readiness for ACE, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has realized that an updated timeline is necessary.  In addition to the revised timeline, a staggered implementation approach will now be used. 


CBP’s automated systems electronically support the facilitation of importing and exporting goods. By the end of 2016, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will become the Single Window - the primary system through which the trade community will report imports and exports and the government will determine admissibility. Through ACE as the Single Window, manual processes will be streamlined and automated, paper will be eliminated, and the international trade community will be able to more easily and efficiently comply with U.S. laws and regulations. 

New Mandatory Dates Overview:

Manifest Filings

  May 1, 2015 

Entry Filings

  March 31, 2016 * May 28, 2016 *Summer 2016

Entry Summary Filings

  March 31, 2016 May 28, 2016 *Summer 2016

Remaining Portions of CBP Cargo Process

  October 2016 

PGA Filings

  March 31, 2016 May 28, 2016 Summer 2016


Complete details of the specific requirement of each of the above dates can be found at:


More Information:

Cole will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updated information as it becomes available.

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TPP Not a “Done-Deal” yet for Canada

Next week in New Zealand (one of the TPP signatory countries), the Canadian federal government intends to sign the TPP.  Unfortunately, that signature doesn’t necessarily mean that the TPP will go ahead as planned.  Canada’s signature on the deal is only a technical step in the process.  It allows “…the TPP text to be tabled in Parliament for consideration and debate before any final decision is made”….says International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland.  

Much more work and studies are to be done by Canada’s Government.  For more details on the next steps - after Canada’s signature on February 4, 2016, see CBC News’ story at:


Background Information:

On October 5th, 2015, Canada announced that they had successfully concluded negotiations on the largest, most ambitious free trade agreement in history - the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP will eliminate tariffs on almost all of Canada’s key exports and provide access to new opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region. Tariffs and other barriers on a wide range of Canadian products from various sectors will be cut. Some cuts will be immediate upon the TPP coming into force and other cuts will occur gradually over specified years. Canadian products such as: Agriculture and agri-food, fish and seafood, forestry and value-added wood products, metals and mining, and industrial goods. 

TPP Signatory Countries:

Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam

How Can Cole International Help?

If you’re an importer from any of the 12 signatory countries or an exporter to any of those 12 countries, Cole International can help you to take advantage of all that the TPP has to offer.  We have a dedicated Free Trade Department who specialize in understanding and applying free trade agreements such as the TPP.  They will work with your company to prepare a detailed impact analysis of the TPP on your import or export business.

If you would like to receive the recently published TPP details, or you would like to know the impact of the TPP on your company, please call:
Raluca Mihalceanu, Trade Consultant, Cole International - (905) 676-6136

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What Will Customs Audit in 2016?

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has published a list of commodities and programs on which they will focus their 2016 audits (compliance verifications).

There are 4 new items on the January 2016 list as follows:

·        Tubes, Pipes and Hoses

·        Parts of Lamps

·        Pasta

·        Hair Dryers and Electric smoothing Irons

CBSA’s verification priorities are carried over from previous years, so the full list actually contains 40 commodities covering the following 3 program areas:

·        Tariff Classification (35/40 items on list)

·        Valuation (3/40)

·        Origin (2/40)

For a complete list of CBSA’s verification (audit) priorities, see the following links:

·        English: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/import/verification/menu-eng.html

·        French: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/import/verification/menu-fra.html

Cole International works diligently every day to ensure that your company is Customs compliant, but CBSA may still chose to audit your company. Be assured that Cole’s Audit Response Unit is ready and able to assist you through a CBSA audit in the event that it happens.

If you import any of the 40 commodities on CBSA’s list, a deeper discussion may be warranted on how these issues may affect you.  Please contact your Cole account representative at the number you have on file or call our main office at:

Phone:        403-262-2771 
Toll Free:  1-800-313-4281

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Big Boost for Canadian Exporters Announced

Canadian companies seeking to develop new export opportunities recently received some great news.  A new program aimed at increasing their competitiveness was announced by Government on January 5th, 2016.   It is called CanExport, and it has committed up to $50 million over 5 years to small and medium sized enterprises covering a wide range of export activities. Complete details can be found at:


How Can Cole Help?

The customs brokers and freight forwarding professionals at Cole International can assist you with:

•        Freight quotes for exports

•        Advise on export controls or export permit requirements 

•        Export document completion

•        Importing countries’ requirements

•        Trade agreement assistance

•        Tariff qualification 

 Please contact us for more information and assistance. 

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