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Can the CBSA Search My Electronic Devices?

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

We are often contacted by travelers after they have been selected (random or mandatory) for a secondary examination by the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) upon arrival at the Canadian border. Usually, the traveler had something on a laptop computer or smart phone that they did not want the CBSA to see or use against them… Continue Reading

The CBSA Should Respect Solicitor-Client Privilege At The Canadian Border

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

The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) does have an internal policy with respect to examinations and searches of lawyers who are crossing the border into Canada.  This internal policy (Operational Bulletin PRG-2014-07 “Examination of Solicitor-Client Privileged Materials”) is not publicly available on the CBSA web-site, so we posted it.  It is available through Access to… Continue Reading

What is in a Name?

Posted in Border Security, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, Government Procurement, Imports Restrictions, Legal Developments, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies, Uncategorized

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in August 2017. We are now a few months (almost 7) into Mr. Trump’s Presidency and it is still not clear  – what is the Administration’s trade policy?   The general press is rife with stories about the warring factions within the Administration – those who xenophobically want to… Continue Reading

Trading with China – New Reasons To Be Wary!

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Agriculture, Anti-Trust/Competition Law, Antidumping, Controlled Goods Program, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Energy, Environment, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, FCPA/Anti-Corruption, Imports Restrictions, Intellectual Property, Labour, Legal Developments, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies

Yesterday, August 2, 2017, President Trump signed into law H.R. 3364, the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act”.  The general press is covering this story by writing about Russia’s initial retaliation taking the form of cutting the staff authorized at the U.S. embassy in Moscow and the seizure of certain U.S. diplomatic property within Russia. … Continue Reading

How To Start A Trade Compliance Program? Who, What, When, Where, How Questions To Ask

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, AMPs, Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Canada-EU CETA, Canada-Ukraine FTA, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border trade, Currency Reporting, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, FCPA/Anti-Corruption, Government Procurement, NAFTA Renegotiations, Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering

The trade landscape is changing for many Canadian companies. Canada is involved in the renegotiation of NAFTA.  The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement comes into effect on August 1, 2017.  The Canada-EU CETA enters into provisional effect on September 21, 2017.  The Government of Canada is updating export controls and economic sanctions laws and Global Affairs… Continue Reading

Canada’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs And International Development Makes 13 Economic Sanctions Recommendations

Posted in Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, Uncategorized

In 2016 and early 2017, Canada’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) reviewed Canada’s Special Economic Measures Act (“SEMA”) and the Freezing Assets of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act.  The SEMA was encted to authorize the Governor in Council (Cabinet) to promulgate unilateral economic sanctions against states, as well as individuals and entities… Continue Reading

Canada Has Made Important Changes To The Export Control List And Export Controls Guide: It Is Time To Update Company Export Controls

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

On July 12, 2017, the Government of Canada (more specifically, the Governor in Council (Cabinet)) promulgated changes to the Export Control list, which is a regulation.  In the Canada Gazette, Part II, Regulation SOR/2017-139 “Order Amending the Export Control List”  (the “ECL Order”) made pursuant to the Export and Import Permits Act was published.  The… Continue Reading

The Antidumping Wiggle!

Posted in Antidumping, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Imports Restrictions, Legal Developments, Trade Remedies

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce, July 2017 No, this is not the latest Internet craze, but rather evidence of just how persistently Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is enforcing antidumping evasion in the U.S.  It has been routine for CBP to send Requests for Information  to importers seeking production records establishing the individual… Continue Reading

Should Canada Be Concerned About The Pending U.S. Section 232 Steel Report And Punishing Tariffs?

Posted in Antidumping, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border trade, Trade Remedies, U.S. Federal Government

Yes, Canada should be very concerned about the Section 232 Report on steel, which is due to be issued this week (but may be released next week after July 4, 2017).  By way of background, on April 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce initiated a section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962… Continue Reading

Non-Resident Importers Having Difficulties Dealing With The CBSA

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, GST/HST, origin, tariff classification, valuation

Last week, I was informed by four different U.S. non-resident importers (or their representatives) that the non-resident companies were frustrated in their dealings with the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) – to the point that they may cease selling to Canadian customers.  While some of the complaints were more connected with customs brokers, many of the complaints… 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

Compliance Confusion !!!!

Posted in Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, Legal Developments

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in June 2017 Even in the current environment, there remains massive confusion about what is and is not permitted under U.S. law when it comes to trading with Cuba and Iran.  The President is expected in the next few days to reverse some of the openings created by… 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

Romaine Calm: FSVP is Approaching

Posted in Agriculture, Border Security, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, NAFTA, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies

Does FSVP Apply to You? Are you the importer, consignee, or agent for food imported into the United States?  If so, the Foreign Supplier Verification Program for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals (FSVP), a key element of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), likely applies to you.  Implementation of the FSVP will begin… Continue Reading

Foreign Supplier Verification Program Deadline Looms – Are You Ready?

Posted in Agriculture, Border Security, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Imports Restrictions, Legal Developments, NAFTA, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies, Uncategorized

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in May 2017. When the Food Safety Modernization Act took effect in January 2011, there were many parts of it which would take time to figure out.  FDA made a point of trying to work with the importing community so that when it rolled out the various regulations… Continue Reading

Buy American Executive Order

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Border Security, Buy America, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Law, Cross-border deals, Cross-border litigation, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, Government Procurement, Imports Restrictions, Legal Developments, NAFTA, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies

On April 18th, President Trump issued an Executive Order (“EO” or “Order”) focused on the Buy American  laws and regulations. See Buy American EO.  This EO directs federal government entities to review their procurement rules so that, to the extent legally permitted, preference is given to American made goods.  Section 2 specifically states: “[i]t shall… Continue Reading

In the Eye of the Beholder

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Agriculture, Antidumping, Border Security, Buy America, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Exports, Government Procurement, Legal Developments, NAFTA, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies, World Trade Organization

First published by the Journal of Commerce – April 2017 The first tangible indications of what trade policy might actually look like under the Trump Administration have been released. After excoriating NAFTA as the “worst trade deal ever” and quickly withdrawing the U.S. from the TransPacific Partnership, which was already dead, we are now starting… Continue Reading

Iran Sanctions – Tit for Tat?

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Agriculture, Border Security, Controlled Goods Program, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Law, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Environment, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, Government Procurement, Harmonization, Immigration law, Imports Restrictions, Legal Developments, Politics, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies, World Trade Organization

On Sunday, March 26, 2017, the Iranian State Agency (IRNA) announced the imposition of sanctions by Iran on 15 American companies.  While the move is widely seen as Iran responding to recent and on-going enforcement action taken in the U.S., such action is certainly creating ever more complex circumstances in the region. In explaining the… 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

DOJ Defines Compliance

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Agriculture, Antidumping, Border Security, Buy America, Controlled Goods Program, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Law, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, FCPA/Anti-Corruption, Imports Restrictions, Intellectual Property, Legal Developments, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies

In the span of the last 18 months, the topic of corporate compliance programs has gotten considerable attention from the Department of Justice  (“DOJ”) and now finally, DOJ has published significant details about how it is likely to measure the sufficiency of any company’s compliance program. First, some background.  In September 2015, the Yates memo… 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

It Is Best To Sever Ties With Representatives Who Commit Export Controls Infractions

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports

On February 9, 2017, Stewart Bell wrote an article for the Financial Post entitled “Canadian company investigating branch in Iraq after logo spotted in photos of missile test“. It is never good to see your company name in the news – let alone being associated with a missile test in a country subject to United… 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