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ATTENTION MELLOHAWK Logistics Partners: eManifest requirements START ON OCTOBER 01, 2016

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: As of OCTOBER 1, 2016, all agents are required to transmit advance House Bill data as per eManifest regulation described below:

What is an E-Manifest?

E-Manifest is a term used to describe the advance, electronic conveyance of freight information to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) prior to a shipment arriving at a border or prior to departure from originating country. It expedites the customs clearance process by allowing pertinent information about shipments to be assessed and approved by customs officials in advance of any shipment’s physical arrival. E-Manifest will require carriers, freight forwarders and importers in all modes of transportation (air, marine, highway and rail) to electronically transmit cargo, conveyance, house bill / supplementary cargo and importer data to the CBSA prior to loading in the marine mode and prior to arrival in the air, rail and highway modes.

Please inform all your operations staff to comply with full pre-alert and be aware of our deadlines and potential penalties by Canada Customs if information is not received on time.

Failure to comply with submission of information prior to loading will be a $5000.00 CAD fine by Canada Customs to MELLOHAWK Logistics. Fines imposed to MELLOHAWK Logistics will be billed at cost +10% administration fee back to the agent or shipper who failed to submit data to MELLOHAWK Logistics prior to loading.

For the complete eManifest regulation visit eManifest CBSA




TIME FRAMES for Submitting Advance Information to MELLOHAWK Logistics


  • MAWB or MBL Number
  • HAWB or HBL Number
  • Shipper full name and address
  • Consignee full name and address
  • Cnee contact name, tel. number and e-mail address
  • Cargo Description
  • Cargo Weight
  • Cargo dimensions
  • Type of packing
  • Port / Airport of Destination


FREE SEMINAR: Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management

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MELLOHAWK Logistics International Training Center has teamed up with North American Trade School to present the Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management seminar in a 3-hour presentation. It will introduce concepts of global logistics and freight forwarding. Discover the process of international business, transportation, and logistics for shipments all over world via truck, train, air, and ocean.

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This seminar introduces you to the newest MELLOHAWK Logistics International Training Center program: GLOBAL LOGISTICS & SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT. For more information on our program content, pricing, and schedule, click on the following link and fill it up the online form:


Good NEWS! Less Bureaucracy and Less Cost. Brazil is the first MERCOSUR country to use the ATA Carnet

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ATA CarnetOn June 28, 2016, Mr. Robson Braga de Andrade, president of Brazil’s National Confederation of Industry (CNI)  and Mr. Jorge Rachid, Brazil’s Secretary for Revenue, signed a new provision that will allow Brazil to accept the ATA (Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission) Carnet use in the country, for 5 years  starting in September.

Brazil will be the 75th country in the world and the 1st MERCOSUR country to adopt the ATA Carnet, which allows temporary export and import of goods without taxes. Brazilian customs will recognize ATAs from other countries starting this July.

According to Jorge Rachid, the adoption of ATA Carnet “is a major step toward improving Brazilian market competitiveness”, meaning that “an operation signed in Brazil will now be recognized by the world”.

Companies can use the ATA Carnet for three types of situations: to carry commercial samples; to ship professional equipment and goods for presentation; or for Fairs, Trade Shows, Exhibitions, and similar events. With the ATA Carnet acting like a passport for goods, products can move from country to country with the same document for a maximum of 12 months.

The other 74 countries that have already adoptd the ATA Carnet represent almost 75% of the Brazilian foreign trade, including United States, China, Germany, Japan, and Mexico.


Our clients will benefit from this new regulation which will speed up the import/export process to Brazil and dramatically reduce costs when it comes to the temporary admission of goods. If you have any questions or would like a quote for your next shipment to Brazil please leave your contact information here.


Ariadne Sakkis e Diego Abreu. Agência CNI de Notícias. Brasil é o primeiro país do Mercosul a usar o ATA Carnet. Available at

Top 5 Brexit Logistics Issues You Need to Watch!

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Two weeks have passed since the United Kingdom (UK) announced the result of the Brexit (British Exit) referendum was to leave  the European Union (EU). 52% of voters choose to leave, creating a new discussion about  politics, international trade, and economics.

According to Logistics Manager, in a survery of 320 UK business people , 52.2% agreed that the Brexit result will have some kind of impact on their business. The main business concerns in business  were economic stability, currency value, international trade deals with Europe, and the possible reduction in migrant workers 

The New York Times Logistics Report argued that logistics companies may experience the Brexit result in two ways: the first one is the potential cutting into the movement of goods, but the second is the potential rising demand for services to help retailers and manufacturers navigate changing relations and trade rules.

“There clearly is going to be a period of transition here where everyone is trying to figure out exactly how Brexit will take place. But it’s not like the U.K. will stop trading with the EU and the U.S. or anyone else,” said Andrew Clarke, chief financial officer at Minneapolis-based C.H. Robinson to the New York Times publication. 

Many companies built their head offices in the UK as a way to get access to EU markets, butt now, they’ve lost their gateway. They will need a new plan.

The business world is forecasting how Brexit will affect the global economy. Shortly after the Brexit vote announcement, The Wall Street Journal published an article about how this political move will influence the European supply chain. Article authors Paul Page, Robbie Whelan, and Laura Stevens interviewed shipping and logistics operators to uncover a potential two-pronged, short-term effect of Brexit, creating the 5 key concerns of Brexit.

  1. New duties, taxes, and restrictions in the international trade:

Once the UK secedes from the EU, products entering and leaving the UK might be subject to duties and other taxes along their routes from manufacturers to end customers. What was once a simple shipping process to nations across the EU will be complicated as UK businesses might face new restrictions before they can sell their goods in other countries.

  1. The establishment of new distribution channel strategies

The authors note that retailers both inside and outside the UK will have to rebuild their distribution channels to match the new trade map. According to Mark White (Chief commercial officer at SEKO Logistics Worldwide) some of the company’s customers are already considering moving their physical stock out of the UK and into Holland, Germany, and other EU countries—especially if a large portion of their sales happen on the continent—to avoid the new taxes and complications.

  1. The new reality for the UK economy and the potential of new players in the market

One positive economic point is that the Brexit vote could give UK businesses a short-term boost because of the weakened pound, considering that Britain’s currency dropped 11 percent following the Brexit vote and has traded as low as $1.32, making British goods cheaper for buyers in other countries, according to Lila Snyder (President for global e-commerce at Stamford-Connecticut based international shipping provider Pitney Bowes).

But as the pound took a hit last week, so did the stocks of multiple shipping and logistics companies. Shares of XPO Logistics dropped 14.9 percent, FedEx fell 3.8 percent, and United Parcel Service declined 2.2 percent in New York trading. In the European markets, shares of A. P. Moller-Maersk declined 3.1 percent, and shares of logistics provider DSV fell 5.2 percent

  1. The rearrangement of UK main partners: China trade.

Forbes cautions that the financial effects of Brexit will continue. A total of $3 trillion dollars was wiped from stock markets across the globe following the Brexit vote announcement.

Corporate buyers in China are reducing their orders as China’s June Purchasing Managers’ Index dropped to a four-month low. Although the situation will not likely cause a global recession, it will  dampen the growth of the global economy..

  1. The Brexit vote is not legally binding yet.

Brexit vote is not legally binding yet, as the British Parliament still has to pass the laws that will allow the UK to withdraw from the EU. BBC News points out that the UK has to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to set in motion the legal withdrawal process, which could take up to two years. till, it is best to look ahead and consider now the possible risks and implications for future supply chains.


Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. APICS is the premier professional association for supply chain management blog post. Forecasting Brexit’s logistics implications. Available at

Moving back home? Make sure you confirm your destination import requirements

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Moving back home checklist

The process of knowing the Destination Import Requirements is essential in personal effect moves, and should be the first thing done prior to any new move.

Companies who regularly handle personal effects know that Import Regulations for Used Personal Effects vary from country to country, and to gain duty-free entry there is a list of specific customs forms, declarations, visa status confirmations, passport copies, packing lists and bills of landing required.

The original packer must know, and the destination agent must confirm exactly what documentation requirements are necessary for import clearance of any given personal effects shipment.

This should be done before packing, before the survey, before the client leaves town and before shipping. According to WCA Relocations, if neither is doing this before all those steps, then both parties have been negligent as Personal Effect Forwarders and additional costs will be incurred.

If you are planning to move back home taking all your belongings with you, MELLOHAWK Logistics can provide you with a complete and detailed quotation, based on the most competitive rates in the market.

Our services include freight, documentation and customs clearance assistance at destination (when required).

Please contact us for a quote on your specific move.

Arnon G. Melo is announced part of the National Board of Directors of CIFFA

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We are pleased to announce that Arnon G. Melo, Managing Director of MELLOHAWK Logistics is now part of the National Board of Directors of the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) for the 2016/2017 year. The CIFFA Mission is to represent and support members of the Canadian international freight forwarding industry in providing high level of quality and professional services to their clients. The volunteer national board of directors, elected each year at the association’s annual general meeting, oversees the activities and advocacy of the association on a national level, dealing with subjects of both domestic and international importance to its members.

“CIFFA has been instrumental in the development of my freight forwarding career and the success of my company; from providing training to networking to quality counsel regarding compliance and all aspects of international trade. I am delighted to take a more active role in the organization”, says Arnon.

MELLOHAWK Logistics has been a member of the Canadian International Freight Forward Association since 2003, and our goal has always been to strive for the best level of service and security as standardized by CIFFA. As a freight forwarder, the association provides the opportunity to share the stature of the CIFFA brand, recognized as a symbol of excellence by Canadian importers and exporters.

We thank CIFFA for this opportunity.

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MELLOHAWK Logistics joins the 1st Latin America Business Meeting in Toronto / 1 Encontro Empresarial da America Latina em Toronto

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On June 22, MELLOHAWK Logistics will join the Latin American Bilateral Trade Initiative (LABTI) at the 1st Latin America Business Meeting, in Toronto.

The purpose of the event is to develop commercial and trade initiative between Canada and the Latin American countries, focusing on the business opportunities and the process of opening companies in Canada.

If you/your company are interested in, you can register yourself through the phone 416-977-009 (ext 224) or by e-mail:

The event will take place at City Hall Toronto – Council Chambers – from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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MELLOHAWK Logistics teams up with Beautiful World to Support Girls’ Education

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Krista O’Shaughnessy (Beautiful World Canada), and Arnon Melo (MELLOHAWK Logistics)

MELLOHAWK Logistics teamed up with Beautiful World Canada to send 26 suits to their graduating class in Uganda. Smythe donated the suits. Beautiful World is a Canadian charity that gives scholarships to help students complete secondary school, vocational school and university. Over 90% of their students are women. They work with very poor students in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Rwanda and South Africa. Currently, they are supporting 265 students. By investing in education, they can enable these students to create a brighter future, not only for themselves, but also for their families, communities and countries.

This year marks a great year of accomplishments for Beautiful World’s students in Uganda. They are the first in their program to complete University degrees. The courses they studied range from Information Technology to Bachelor of Science to Bachelor of Business Administration. Some students graduated from Bachelors of Quantitative Economics and one student graduated from a Bachelor of Community Health.

Beautiful World’s scholarship students come from different regions but many have similar pasts. Many students at this graduation are AIDs orphans and have been raised by extended families or grandparents. Beautiful World sees the benefits of educating women in West Africa – for every extra year that a girl stays in secondary school, her future income increases by 15% – 25%. Once she earns an income, she will reinvest 90% in her family, helping to lift them out of poverty. She will marry later and have fewer but healthier children. Her children will be much more likely to attend school.

MELLOHAWK Logistics sees the benefits in educating girls. The students in Beautiful Worlds program have overcome huge obstacles and have come out on top. These students will need interviewing clothes and deserve their hard work to be acknowledged – MELLOHAWK Logistics is insuring this happens. We have shipped the suits to Uganda. The jackets will be given out during a graduation ceremony late next month – stay tuned we will have pictures of the ceremony.

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MELLOHAWK Logistics expands its activities to Portugal

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The MELLOHAWK Logistics story began in 2002 in Downtown Toronto, concentrating on forwarding cargo mainly to the US, China and South America, particularly Brazil. Today, as an international freight forwarder, MELLOHAWK transports cargo (project cargo, dangerous goods, personal effects) to any destination around the world. The company has built a global network of over 150 international freight forwarder agents. To provide personalized customer service, MELLOHAWK management created close personal relationships with these international partners. The company continues to grow at and has received several awards for community involvement and promotion of Canadian diversity. MELLOHAWK Logistics prides itself by delivering logistics services with high emphasis on client satisfaction and problem resolution.

Continuous change is a MELLOHAWK hallmark; so the company renews and expands its marketplace coverage by signing up new partnerships and joining new international networks.

Portugal is its new challenge. According to EDC (Export Development Canada), Canada and Portugal have an established and growing trade and investment relationship despite the continued challenges of Europe’s sovereign debt crisis and the associated weak economic conditions. Portugal’s economy continues to progress well in its transition from traditional, resource-based industries to knowledge-intensive, high value-added industries. As with most modern economies, trade is of high importance to Portugal’s market and the potential for Canadian companies is strong.

Thousands of shipments to Europe every year make MELLOHAWK Logistics an expert on European freight. Our expansion to the Portuguese community will emphasize our reputation in Europe. Portuguese customers can expect not only a company who speaks their language, but also a real partner, who will pick their side on finding the best solution for their shipments, saving time and money. Once they agree to ship with us, their cargo will be our cargo. We will do everything in our hands to offer the best cost-effective service they ever had. (Arnon Melo, MELLOHAWK Logistics Managing Director)

MELLOHAWK Logistics is officially expanding its services deeper into Portugal. In partnership with Marcargo Transitarios, Lda, count on MELLOHAWK to ship your cargo and your personal goods to/from anywhere in Canada to/from anywhere in Portugal.

For more information, contact us on +1 (416) 465 3469 or

MELLOHAWK Logistics transports to Portugal and anywhere else you go.

The Santos Port Union of Stevedores prepares to stage a 12-hour strike

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The group is attempting to persuade fellow unions throughout Brazil to stage a national stoppage, but has had little success with that aim, according to a source at the Federation of Shipping Agencies for Brazil.

The action in Santos has been aimed exclusively at container terminals. Brasil Terminal Portuaria, owned and operated by the terminal arms of the 2M Alliance, and Ecoporto Santos were affected on Monday.

“We hope very much that the ongoing talks will resolve the problem before further action is taken,” Luiz Araujo, the commercial manager for Ecoporto Santos, told Most Santos watchers are pessimistic and believe that the 12-hour stoppage will be quickly followed by an indefinite strike in Santos, if not for all Brazil.

The action planned for next week will target those terminals and three others, but union members are not planning to go on strike at Embraport, the newest box terminal in Santos.

“We are a private terminal on private land, so we are not part of the organized port of Santos. Therefore, we have a different agreement with the Santos port labor unions,” an Embraport spokesperson told “But we will be watching very closely what happens next week and with the negotiations between the other box terminals and Sindestiva, as it will have some bearing on us when we start contract negotiations next year.”

When Embraport,­ located on the left bank of the Port of Santos, opened for business in 2013 it encountered problems with Sindestiva and other unions as it tried to implement a policy of fully relying on its own workforce. A series of vessel boardings and blockades at entry gates led to long and acrimonious talks that finally led to a long-term agreement wherein the terminal agreed to split its labor needs between its own employees and a workers’ pool. That agreement expires next year.

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