Blog Posts

CBSA Single Window Initiative (SWI) Now Fully Operational

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Last week, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) sent the notice below to clients, and asked for help in spreading the word that Canada's Single Window Initiative (SWI) is now fully operational. Effective June 1, the processing of transactions submitted through the SWI will be prioritized.

URGENT ALERT - Human and Animal Food Importations

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Effective May 30, 2017, importers of human and animal foods, must be fully compliant with the requirements of the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP).  The program requires the importer ensure that the food meets the safety standards of the Food Safety Modernization Act. 

On May 30, 2017, Customs and Border Protection will be collecting additional entry information relating to the FVSP importer, as defined by FDA as the person in the United States who, at the time of U.S. entry, either owns the food, has purchased the food, or has agreed in writing to purchase the food. 

Welke to Sponsor Trade Forum with Guelph Chamber - May 19

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Welke Customs Brokers Ltd. has signed on to sponsor the Guelph Chamber's May 19 Global Leadership Forum: "Building a Winning Trade Strategy" at Cutten Fields in Guelph. The focus of the Forum will be how companies and institutions can leverage regional strengths to significantly expand trade - in both goods and services - around the world.

Welke Customs Brokers USA Sponsoring Series of Discussions on NAFTA

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Welke Customs Brokers USA, headquartered in the City of Tonawanda, will sponsor a series of panel discussions on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and St. Catharines beginning on January 18, in conjunction with Global Chamber Buffalo (Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse) and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (St. Catharines). A panel of international trade experts will discuss the future of NAFTA under the Trump administration, impacts that might be felt even as that future takes shape, and what companies currently utilizing NAFTA should be doing to prepare for whatever might come.

Welke Customs Brokers Clears Santa's U.S. Customs Entries

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Damon Piatek, President and CEO of Welke Customs Brokers USA, announced today that Welke has cleared Santa Claus' imports into the U.S. as he brings presents into the country as part of the time-honored Christmas Eve tradition. Piatek stressed Santa's thorough understanding of U.S. Customs regulations focused on compliance.

URGENT - NAFTA Certificates of Origin Need to be Renewed for 2017

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

An important reminder for U.S. and Canadian importers and exporters claiming NAFTA on their products - your 2016 blanket NAFTA certificates on file expire at the end of the year, and must be renewed. In order to make a claim for NAFTA duty-free preference, an importer must possess a Certificate of Origin at the time the claim is made. For exporters, in order for your goods to qualify for the preferential tariff treatment under NAFTA, the same rule applies.

NAFTA Certificates are subject to verification by Customs.

Welke can help you get ready for the new year. If your Certificate of Origin is expiring, contact us at 800-503-7770 (Canada) or 716-995-2900 (U.S.) to expedite your renewal.

What the Canada-EU Trade Deal Means for Canadian Companies

Monday, November 21st, 2016

At the end of October, Canada and the European Union signed an historic trade pact that will have tremendous impact on Canadian importers and exporters. While the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) took seven long years to negotiate, and still must clear around 40 national and regional parliaments in Europe to fully enter force, we wanted to break down what it will ultimately mean for Canadian companies engaged in trade.

Currently, only 25 percent of EU tariff lines on Canadian goods are duty-free. On the day that CETA enters into force, 98% of EU tariff lines for Canadian goods will be duty-free, and an additional one percent will be eliminated over a seven-year phase out period. When CETA is official, Canada will be one of the few countries in the world to have guaranteed preferential access to the world's two largest economies - the US and the EU. Now that's exciting!

What Does CETA Mean for Canadian Exporters?

Merchandise trade within the G20 sees first modest growth since early 2014

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) the G20 total international merchandise trade grew modestly in the second quarter of 2016, the first increase since early 2014, although it still remains significantly below post-crisis highs.

Welke Customs Brokers Announces Opening of Cleveland Office

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Welke Customs Brokers USA, headquartered in the City of Tonawanda, New York, announced this week the grand opening of its new location in Northeast Ohio. Welke will celebrate the grand opening on September 21 and 22 with two expert panel sessions presented in collaboration with the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) and Greater Cleveland Partnership, as well as a reception at the September 21 contest between the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field.

Update on the Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA)

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Many of our Canadian food importers continue to ask about the status of the Safe Foods for Canadians Act (SFCA), which was passed by the federal government in 2012. Just recently, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a statement that it is targeting late 2016 for pre-publication of the Act, which will then open a 120-day comment period. After that, the CFIA will analyze the comments submitted and evaluate potential modifications, and then bring the SFCA into force.

Busy Summer for Welke and Coffee

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Do you like coffee?

We do - at least, we love coffee importers (we also love coffee, too). This summer, Welke brought the often convoluted topic of U.S. Customs Trade Transformation to the coffee industry, with feature articles in two industry standards -Roast Magazine and Fresh Cup Magazine. 

CBP Announces Two Test Programs for Various Ports

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

In the next few weeks, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will kick off two pilot programs at various border ports designed to better facilitate crossings for commercial trucks, primarily between Canada and the U.S. In each case, the pilots, if successful, will be expanded to all land border ports.

Low Canadian Dollar = Opportunity for Canadian Exporters

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Monday, March 7, 2016, Canadian dollar = 75 cents U.S.D.

Yet another week kicking off with a low Canadian dollar. Although buying might have slowed down within Canada, buying from Canada has picked up! With a lower Canadian dollar, the U.S is looking to capitalize. Lower prices and lower exchange rates makes buying from Canada a dream for U.S companies. 

The Canadian dollar is just one reason why selling into the U.S. makes a lot of sense for Canadian companies.

Doing Business in the U.S. for Canadian Companies - Recap

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

On Tuesday, February 23, Welke Customs Brokers USA had the opportunity to present as part of a panel discussion on "Doing Business in the U.S. for Canadian Companies" with WNY Foreign Trade Zone Operators and Celebrezze Law as part of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce's monthly "Lunch and Learn" series. 

The session was well-attended, and in the audience were representatives of companies with interest in selling both services and goods across the border into the U.S. Many were already engaged in cross-border trade and others are just beginning the process. Judging by the reaction from those in attendance and the many questions we received during the discussion and after, "you don't know what you don't know" is something that should be on the mind of Canadian companies looking at the U.S. market. 

Changes to CBP Procedures May Have Significant Border Impacts

Monday, February 8th, 2016

A significant international trade issue is surfacing, that hasn't received enough attention nationally, with the implementation of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) initiative at the end of this month (2/28). While Welke Customs Brokers USA has worked closely with CBP for some time and supports ACE, we're seeing the writing is on the wall that the hard start on the 28th will have significant impacts at all U.S. Ports of Entry - enough so that we are educating our clients in advance and warning them to anticipate delays in their logistics and import processes.

Welke to Present on "Doing Business in the U.S." Panel

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

The United States and Canada have the largest trade relationship in the world. The trade relationship between our two countries crosses all industries, and is vital to both nations' success. Welke Customs Brokers is proud to partner with the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, WNY Foreign Trade Zone Operators and Celebrezze Law for this roundtable discussion to learn the finer points of doing business with the U.S. for Canadian companies.

The panel discussion, "Doing Business in the U.S. for Canadian Companies," part of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce's monthly "Lunch and Learn" program, will be held on Tuesday, Feb 23 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre, 2 North Service Road, St. Catharines.

"Doing Business with Cuba" Recap

Friday, January 29th, 2016

When we put together Wednesday's (1/27/16) session, "Doing Business with Cuba: The Landscape Today and Expectations," we did so to answer clients' questions and to attempt to dispel some of the media hype that we were worried could encourage a business owner to make a hasty (and potentially, costly) decision regarding opportunities to trade between the U.S. and Cuba. While we hoped to have a good discussion, of course, we had no way of knowing that the session would be as valuably informative as it was.