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Canada Day: Survival Guide For Canada-US Cross Border Travel

Posted in Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Imports Restrictions, NEXUS, Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering

The Canada Day long week-end will be here soon.  Canadians travel outside Canada to visit friends and family and to shop.  The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) is on the lookout for contraventions of the Customs Act and other border laws. Here is our survival guide to make sure the CBSA is happy with your declaration… Continue Reading

Importers Must Pay Customs Assessments In Canada To Perfect Appeal

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, origin, tariff classification, valuation

We were asked recently whether a non-resident importer could ignore paying a Canadian customs detailed adjustment statement (“DAS”) and continue to import goods into Canada (jsut thumb their noses up at the Canadian government). The answer provided is that a non-resident importer (and a Canadian resident importer) should not consider something so foolish.  Under Canadian law,… Continue Reading

Global Affairs Canada Tables 2016 Annual Report on Exports In House of Commons

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Corporate Counsel, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Imports Restrictions

On June 20, 2017, Hon. Diane Lebouthiller (Minister of National Revenue) tabled (see page 13032 of Hansard) the 2016 Annual Report to Parliament on the Administration of the Export and Import Permits Act (the “2016 Annual Export Controls Report”)  The Report is required under Standing Order 32(2) and section 27 of the Export and Import Permits… Continue Reading

How Can I Get My NEXUS Card Back When It is Cancelled/Confiscated By The CBSA?

Posted in Agriculture, Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, Currency Reporting, Customs Law, NEXUS

The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) may confiscate, revoke or cancel a NEXUS Membership for a number of reasons, such as (1) a breach of a customs law (e.g., undervaluation or not declaring goods purchased or acquired outside Canada), (2) a breach of an immigration law (e.g., working in Canada without a proper visa), (3)… Continue Reading

Damned If You Do/Damned If You Don’t: Foreign Extraterritorial Measures Act and Trump’s Cuba Policy

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border trade, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, Imports Restrictions, Politics, U.S. Federal Government

On June 16, 2017, President Trump gave a speech in Miami and announced he was reversing some of President Obama’s Policy on Cuba. Just as Canadian businesses were getting used to the Obama Policy on Cuba, there has been a partial snap-back.  Not only has there been a partial snap-back, there is a stronger enforcement… Continue Reading

Parliamentary Committee Makes 8 Recommendations Regarding Canada’s Steel Industry

Posted in Antidumping, Canada's Federal Government, Trade Remedies

On June 15, 2017, the Standing Committee on International Trade released Report No. 7 “The Canadian Steel Industry’s Ability to Compete Internationally”.  This Report is helpful to Canadian steel producers and not very helpful to steel importers.  China will not be pleased to read that the Committee recommends non-market economy status remain in place in… Continue Reading

Trans-Gender Rights To Be Added To Canada’s Human Rights Code And Suggestions For The CBSA

Posted in Canada's Federal Government

On June 15, 2017, Canada’s Senate passed Bill C-16 “An Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code” at third reading.  Canada’s Senate has a majority of Conservative Senators. On November 18, 2016, Bill C-16 passed third reading in Canada’s House of Commons.  The Liberals are the majority in the House of… Continue Reading

Canada’s Privacy Commissioner Raises Concerns About UPCBP Searches Of Electronic Devices

Posted in Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, U.S. Federal Government

On June 8, 2017, Canada’s Privacy Commissioner sent a letter to the Parliamentary Committee reviewing Bill C-23 “Preclearance Act, 2016” to ask for amendments to cover searches of electronic devices by US Customs and Border Protection in Canada’s Pre-Clearance Areas.  Bill C-23 has passed second reading in Canada’s House of Commons and is currently being… Continue Reading

Canada May Not Celebrate CETA Provisional Implementation on July 1, 2017

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Canada-EU CETA, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Government Procurement, Imports Restrictions

Months ago it was announced that the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“Canada-EU CETA”) would be provisionally implemented on July 1, 2017.  Bill C-30 “Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Implementation Act“ received Royal Assent on May 16, 2017.  This does not mean that Canada has taken the formal steps required to ratify… Continue Reading

EU-Origin Cosmetics Become Duty-Free Upon Provisional Implementation of CETA

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Canada-EU CETA, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, origin, tariff classification

On the date of provisional implementation of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (the “Canada-EU CETA”) (June 1 or July 1, 2017), EU-origin cosmetics will become duty free immediately.  Cosmetics are in Chapter 33 of the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System.  Canada committed in its Annex 2-A to immediately eliminate customs duties and… Continue Reading

Canadian Manufacturers And Exporters Will Benefit From the Canada-EU CETA Opportunties

Posted in Agriculture, Canada's Federal Government, Canada-EU CETA, Cross-border trade, Exports, Trade Agreeements

The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (the “Canada-EU CETA”) creates opportunities for Canadian manufacturers and exporters to sell into the European markets. On the date of provisional implementation, 98% of Canadian-origin goods will be able to enter European Union Members tariff free, compared to just 25 per cent today.  We have prepared a… Continue Reading

The Canada-EU CETA Rules Of Origin For Textiles And Apparel Are More Flexible For Canadian Importers

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Canada-EU CETA, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Imports Restrictions, origin, tariff classification, Trade Agreeements

Currently, European textile and apparel goods are available in Canada.  When the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“Canada-EU CETA”) is provisionally implemented, more European textiles and apparel goods may be imported into Canada. Canadian importers need to know the new Canada-EU CETA rules for textiles and apparel in order to take full advantage of the… Continue Reading

Canadian Senate Bill Takes Firm Position On Iran Sanctions And Could Add To Sanctions List

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports

Canada’s Senate is currently considering Bill S-219 “An Act to deter Iran-sponsored terrorism, incitement to hatred, and human rights violations” (to be called “Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran Act“) which has received little attention. Bill S-219 will, if passed into law, ensure that Canada has the most restrictive economic sanctions regime against Iran of all countries in the World…. Continue Reading

Canada’s 2017 Budget Bill Includes Significant Changes To Canada’s Antidumping/Countervailing Duty Laws

Posted in Antidumping, Canada's Federal Government, Trade Remedies

On March 22, 2017, Canada’s Federal Government tabled the 2017 Budget.  Hidden within the supplemental documents is a notice of changes to the Special Import Measures Act (“SIMA”) (Canada’s antidumping and countervailing duty law).  These amendments are very important – most are intended to provide domestic producers greater protection. The changes include: SIMA amendments to permit… Continue Reading

Are You Ready for CETA?: 20 Questions That Canadian Importers Should Be Asking

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Canada-EU CETA, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Imports Restrictions, origin, tariff classification, Trade Agreeements, valuation

The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“Canada-EU CETA”) is a free trade agreement between Canada and the 28 countries of the European Union.  The Canada-EU CETA is Canada’s largest free trade agreement since NAFTA.   There are opportunities for Canadian importers to save the customs duties on goods that they are currently importing… Continue Reading

Does Canada Have Label Requirements For Imported Goods?

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, origin

Canada has a number of requirements mandating that certain goods have labels AND that certain information be communicated on labels and packaging.  Goods may not be imported into Canada if the required markings are not on the goods to be imported.  If goods are not marked properly, the improperly marked goods may be seized by… Continue Reading

Canada Commences Consultations Regarding A Canada-China Free Trade Agreement

Posted in Agriculture, Antidumping, Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Canada-China FTA, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border litigation, Cross-Border Real Estate, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Energy, Environment, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Government Procurement, Immigration law, Imports Restrictions, Intellectual Property, International Arbitrations, Labour, origin, tariff classification, valuation

On March 4, 2017, Global Affairs Canada announced consultations concerning a possible free trade agreement between Canada and China.   Consultations means that Global Affairs Canada is consulting with Canadian interested stakeholders (the free trade agreement negotiations have not started yet – Canada is in a preliminary exploratory stage). Global Affairs Canada has posted information on… Continue Reading

Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act Passes Second Reading In Canada’s Senate

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Canada-Ukraine FTA, Cross-border trade, Customs Law

On March 7, 2017, BillC-31 “An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine“ passed second reading in Canada’s Senate.  Bill C-31 is now being reviewed by the Senate of Canada Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade.  After the Report is prepared by the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and… Continue Reading

What Will Trudeau Talk To Trump About?

Posted in Agriculture, Border Security, Buy America, Canada's Federal Government, Canada-EU CETA, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Energy, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Government Procurement, Harmonization, Immigration law, Imports Restrictions, Labour, NAFTA, Softwood Lumber, State Governments, Trade Agreeements, U.S. Federal Government

On February 13, 2017, Prime Minister Trudeau will travel to the United States to visit with President Trump. The most important topic for discussion is that Canada-United States relationship. The most important goal is to ensure that trading relationshiop remains strong. This is a fun post, which is based on trade issues between Canada and the… Continue Reading

What Should Justin Trudeau Say To Donald Trump?

Posted in Border Security, Buy America, Canada's Federal Government, Canada-EU CETA, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, U.S. Federal Government

On February 12, 2017, Justin Trudeau is traveling to Washington, D.C. to meet Donald Trump at the White House.  What will they talk about?  Hmmm – softwood lumber? Border adjustment tax? NAFTA renegotiation? Common interests? Jobs on both sides of the border? NEXUS Card revocations of Canadians and permanent residents of Canada? Supply management? Harmonization… Continue Reading

The Canada Border Services Is Getting Authority To Open All Cross-Border Mail

Posted in Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border litigation, Cross-Border Real Estate, Cross-border trade, Currency Reporting, Customs Law, Legal Developments, Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering, Tax

The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) has statutory authority in subsection 99(1) of the Customs Act to open goods that are being imported – this includes letters and packages. Currently, most packages can be opened, including legal documents sent by a law firm to another law firm or a client.  A few years ago I… Continue Reading

Thickening of the Border – What Is Canada’s Concern?

Posted in Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Energy, Exports, Harmonization, Immigration law, Imports Restrictions, NEXUS, Politics, U.S. Supreme Court

The phrase “thickening of the border” equates with increased regulations and costs, which result in difficulties or slow-downs at the border such that goods and people move at the pace of molasses. Border wait times increase as new border charges are paid and shipments are inspected and border officers assess risks.  Any thickening of the… Continue Reading

What Is A Notice of Penalty Assessment?

Posted in AMPs, Canada's Federal Government, Customs Law

A Notice of Penalty Assessment is the document in which the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) issues an assessment of an Administrative Monetary Penalty (“AMP”) against an importer. An  AMP is a monetary penalty of a civil nature (rather than criminal) imposed by the CBSA for a contravention of an Act, regulation or by-law. The Master Penalty Document contains all… Continue Reading

What Is The Canadian Process For Voluntarily Disclosing An Export Controls/Economic Sanctions Mistake?

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, AMPs, Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports

Mistakes happen.  While the majority of Canadian companies want to comply with Canada’s export controls and economic sanctions laws, violations can occur.  Often when there is an economic sanctions violation, there is also an export controls violation at the same time.  Sometimes, there are export controls violations without an economic sanction violation. There are three procedures… Continue Reading