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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

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

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

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

Drugs and Bugs: The CBSA Watches Flower Imports Carefully

Posted in Agriculture, Border Security, Customs Law, Imports Restrictions

Every year around Valentine’s Day (and Mother’s Day and Easter), the CBSA is extra busy inspecting shipments of flowers from Colombia and Ecuador.  Shipments of flowers into Canada are most commonly shipped by air or transported from the United States after importation through Miami. The two things the CBSA is looking for in fresh cut… 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 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 Canadian Lawyers Should Know About Solicitor-Client Privilege At The Canada-US Border

Posted in Border Security, Corporate Counsel, Customs Law, U.S. Federal Government

There are reports that President Trump is considering an Executive Order to require the Department of Homeland Security, and in particular U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP), to ask foreign visitors to provide information about their social media profiles and access to their computer contact lists.  This would include Canadian lawyers. The access to contact… 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

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

A Country Divided!

Posted in Border Security, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Intellectual Property, Legal Developments, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce, December 2016. Even prior to the election, it was clear the U.S. is a country divided. We are now several weeks removed from the election and the shame of the situation is not one so-called political leader has made any statements which give hope of uniting the country…. Continue Reading

NOT SO FAST!

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Anti-Trust/Competition Law, Antidumping, Border Security, Controlled Goods Program, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Currency Reporting, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, FCPA/Anti-Corruption, Politics, Tax, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies, Transportation

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce – November 2016 Fans of ESPN’s College Game Day© will recognize this tag line from the reaction of Lee Corso when he disagrees with others when panelists predict winners of selected college football games. If you prefer a different sports metaphor, there is Aaron Rodger’s 2014 now famous… Continue Reading