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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

Say Cheese: European Cheeses Will Soon Be Available Under Canada-EU CETA

Posted in Agriculture, Canada-EU CETA, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Imports Restrictions, origin, tariff classification

Currently, European cheeses are available in Canada.  When the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“Canada-EU CETA”) is provisionally implemented, more European cheese may be imported into Canada. Current Canadian importers of cheese and new importers of cheese (e.g., restaurants, specialty cheese retailers and others) need to get ready. The Canada-EU CETA contains 5 sets… 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

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

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

What Goods Can Canadian Importers Import Duty Free When The Canada-EU CETA Comes Into Effect?

Posted in Agriculture, Canada-EU CETA, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, origin, tariff classification

It is expected that the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement (“Canada-EU CETA”) will come into provisional effect soon (maybe as soon as April 1, 2017 or May 1, 2017 – not yet known). Canadian importers should start to consider what goods may enter Canada duty free when the Canada-EU CETA green light is… 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

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

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

Trump and Trade

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Border Security, Buy America, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Elections, Government Procurement, Harmonization, Imports Restrictions, Legal Developments, Trade Agreeements

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in February 2017 In the first two weeks of the new Trump Administration, all international traders want to talk about, and with good reason, is where does the new President really stand on trade? On the one hand, he has taken advantage of trading opportunities to generate profits… 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

What Is On Your NAFTA Renegotiation Wish List?

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Antidumping, Border Security, Buy America, Canada's Federal Government, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Energy, Government Procurement, GST/HST, Immigration law, Intellectual Property, Labour, NAFTA, NAFTA Chapter 11, origin, Politics, Provincial Governments, Softwood Lumber, Trade Agreeements, U.S. Federal Government

President Trump has said that he wants to renegotiate NAFTA.  Rather than taking a negative view of change, ask yourself “What is on my NAFTA Renegotation Wish List?”.  What changes to NAFTA could benefit your business?  What improvements to NAFTA can save your business money?  What adjustments will improve your business’ supply chain?  What should… Continue Reading

Canada’s Two Magnitsky Bills – Will One Get Passed Into Law?

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

At the present time, Canada has two bills (one in the Senate and one Private Member’s bill) that are Magnitsky laws. Senate Bill S-226 “An Act to provide for the taking of restrictive measures in respect of foreign nationals responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights and to make related amendments to the… Continue Reading

Ten Compliance Problems Canadian Companies Face In Complying With Canada’s Economic Sanctions Laws

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, FCPA/Anti-Corruption

Canadian companies are required to comply with Canada’s economic sanctions laws – and it is not an easy task. Currently, Canada imposes multi-lateral economic sanctions pursuant to the United Nations Act against 16 countries (Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ivory Coast, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, North Korea, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South… Continue Reading

Canada Commences “Food Safety for Canadians Regulations” Consultation Process

Posted in Agriculture, Cross-border trade, Imports Restrictions, Legal Developments

On January 21 2017, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency commenced a consultation regarding proposed “Food Safety for Canadians Regulations”.  The proposed Regulations is lengthy and affects imports and importers of food products.  This is not meant to suggest that imports are unfairly targeted – this is not the case.  Inter-provincial trade in food products and exports… Continue Reading

Canada’s Economic Sanctions Against Iran Pose Difficulties For Some Canadian Companies

Posted in Cross-border trade, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions

Canada continues to impose unilateral economic sanctions against Iran.  Most Canadian companies believe that the economic sanctions do not impact their business activities.  However, when I ask “Do the goods you wish to export to Iran include aluminum, stainless steel or silver?”, I see shocked faces.  The reason why this question is important is that… Continue Reading

NAFTA Rules of Origin Renegotiation – Make Trump An Offer He Cannot Refuse

Posted in Cross-border trade, Customs Law, NAFTA, NAFTA Chapter 11, origin, Trade Agreeements, Uncategorized

The Trump Administration has signaled that one of first areas of interest for North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) renegotiation is the rules of origin.  Rules of origin are boring, technical rules in Annex 401, which are permit goods to receive preferential duty-free treatment.  Only goods that originate in a NAFTA country are entitled to… Continue Reading