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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

Do You Know The Canadian Marking And Labelling Rules For Importing Textile Products Into Canada?

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

There are several pieces of Canadian legislation that prescribe marking and labelling requirements for textile products that are imported into Canada.  While it is difficult to provide specific requirements without detailed information about the product, and certain exemptions may be available, the manufacturer, importer, target market, etc, the following marking/labelling requirements may apply: 1) Country… 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 Announces Canada-EU CETA Cheese Quota Rules

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

Retailers, distributors, restaurants, domestic producers and others have been anxiously awaiting the Government of Canada’s announcement on the process for Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“Canada-EU CETA”) cheese quota.  The Canada-EU CETA was originally to be provisionally implemented on July 1, 2017 and this start date was delayed due to a disagreement over… Continue Reading

Canadian Government Export Controls Policies Under A Microscope

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

On July 28, 2017, Global Affairs Canada issued a statement of concern relating to escalating violence in eastern Saudi Arabia. In the Statement entitled “Canada concerned by escalating tensions in eastern Saudi Arabia”, Global Affairs stated: “Canada is concerned by the escalating violence in eastern Saudi Arabia, which has resulted in civilian and security force casualties…. Continue Reading

What Might Be The First Trade Issues Under The Canada-EU CETA?

Posted in Agriculture, Canada's Federal Government, Canada-EU CETA, Cross-border litigation, Cross-border trade, Government Procurement, Imports Restrictions, Trade Agreeements, World Trade Organization

The Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (the “Canada-EU CETA”) will come into provisional effect on September 21, 2017.  Sometimes, disputes that have arisen prior to the implementation of a free trade agreement, which are left unresolved at the time of implementation, turn into full disputes between the parties. What could those disputes be? The… Continue Reading

Canada And Australia Mutually Recognize Trusted Traveler Programs

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

On July 25, 2017, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) announced that they had signed a Mutual Recognition Agreement with Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection.  What this means is that Australia will recognize Canada’s trusted trader program called “Partners in Protection“(“PIP”) and Canada will recognize Australia’s trusted trader program. Canada’s PIP Program is… 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 July 12, 2017 Canada Gazette Contains Regulations Needed For Canada-Ukraine FTA and Canadian FTA Implementation

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Canada-EU CETA, Canada-Ukraine FTA, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Government Procurement, origin, Trade Agreeements

The July 12, 2017 issue of the Canada Gazette, Part II, is full of important trade-related regulations and orders.  In Canada, regulatory rules are published in the Canada Gazette.  Regulations are prepared by government departments and promulgated by the Governor in Council (Cabinet).  Regulations do not need to be voted on by the House of… 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

Canada’s New AD/CVD Scope Ruling Process Allows The CBSA To Expand Subject Goods Definition

Posted in Antidumping, Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, Trade Remedies

Canada has added a new “Scope Ruling” process to Canada’s antidumping/countervailing duty regime in Bill C-44 “An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures” (also known as “Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1”). Bill C-44 received Royal Assent on June 22, 2017.  The “other measures” include… Continue Reading

Seth Godin’s “On Pie” Applies To Market Access And The World Pie

Posted in Agriculture, Antidumping, Buy America, Canada's Federal Government, Canada-China FTA, Canada-EU CETA, Canada-Ukraine FTA, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Exports, Imports Restrictions, NAFTA Renegotiations, Personal Comments, Politics, Softwood Lumber, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies, U.S. Federal Government, World Trade Organization

On April 6, 2017, Seth Godin posted “On Pie” on his blog.  I have thought about what Seth Godin wrote in “On Pie” many times when Canada, US or Canada-US trade issues arise, such as the Softwood Lumber AD/CVD Dispute, the 232 Steel Case, the 232 Aluminum Case, the Canadian FISC AD/CVD Case, NAFTA renegotiation, etc…. 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

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 (just 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

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

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

Canada’s Privacy Commissioner Raises Concerns About USCBP 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