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Could U.S. Sanctions Against China Affect Canadian Companies?

Posted in Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, U.S. Federal Government

There are news reports that President Trump is considering imposing economic sanctions against China.  U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley made comments that suggest that sanctions are on the horizon (not quite imminent, but no longer unrealistic). If the United States imposes economic sanctions against China in response to the perceived/real lack of action… Continue Reading

U.S. Enhanced Screening At Canadian Airports Means Canadian NEXUS Card Holders Should Pack Smartly

Posted in Border Security, U.S. Federal Government

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has announced enhanced screening procedures at Canadian airports (in the pre-clearance areas). DHS said that “in light of evaluated intelligence,” it was deemed necessary to implement enhanced security measures for all commercial flights to the United States.  NEXUS Card holders get to use special automated kiosks and often… 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

Trump Travel Restrictions: What Canadians And Canadian Residents And NEXUS Card Holders Need To Know

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Immigration law, Law Schools, NEXUS, Politics, U.S. Federal Government

On June 26, 2017, the United States Supreme Court unanimously overturned lower court decisions that delayed the implementation of President Trump’s Executive Order implementing travel restrictions against persons from 6 countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen). A limited version of President Donald Trump’s travel restrictions will go into effect Thursday morning (June 29).  The… 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

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

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

U.S. Cancelling NEXUS Cards Of Canadian Dual-Nationals

Posted in Border Security, NEXUS, U.S. Federal Government

We have heard a number of reports that the United States Department of Homeland Security is notifying Canadian NEXUS Card holders with dual nationality from certain countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen) that their NEXUS Membership has been cancelled because they “no longer meet eligibility criteria”.  There may be other nationalities as… 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

Where Can Canadians Find President Trump’s Executive Orders And U.S. Legislation?

Posted in U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Supreme Court, Uncategorized

Canadians want read President Trump’s Executive Orders and Executive Memoranda in order to know the contents. We cannot know how the Executive Orders may affect Canadians without reading what has been written. Canadians also want to know the contents of President Trump’s Proclamations and Statements of Administration Policy.  All of these documents are available at www.whitehouse.gov…. Continue Reading

Russian Election Hacking – The Cyber Story

Posted in Border Security, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Law, Cybersecurity and Privacy, Elections, Politics, U.S. Federal Government

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in January 2017 The Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on January 5, 2017 was an opportunity to learn what the intelligence community determined regarding cyber-attacks related to the 2016 Presidential election.  For those of us having to deal with the potential consequences to our businesses, it was the… Continue Reading

What Should Canadians Listen For While Watching the U.S. Presidential Debate

Posted in Antidumping, Border Security, Buy America, Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Elections, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Immigration law, NAFTA, NAFTA Chapter 11, Politics, Softwood Lumber, State Courts, State Governments, Tax, Trade Agreeements, U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Supreme Court, World Trade Organization

Tonight is the first U.S. Presidential Debate.  Every 4 years, Canadian bureaucrats and those interested in politics watch the debates looking for clues as to what good and bad may be coming.  I thought it would be useful to make a list, from the perspective of a Canadian trade lawyer, of what Canadians should listen… Continue Reading

Twelve Action Items Coming Out Of The Three Amigos June 29, 2016 NAFTA Meeting

Posted in Antidumping, Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Exports, Immigration law, Imports Restrictions, NAFTA, NEXUS, Politics, Softwood Lumber, Trade Agreeements, Transportation, U.S. Federal Government

On June 29, 2016, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Obama and Mexican President Peña Nieto met in Ottawa, Canada for the North American Leaders’ Summit.  Many press releases were issued – but most of the outside press related to the North American Climate, Clean Energy and Environment Partnership.  The Action Plan is yet… Continue Reading

What Are The Core Principles Of The Canada-US-Mexico Relationship?

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

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Obama, and President Enrique Peña Nieto meet in Ottawa today and as we contemplate Brexit, the principles that bind Canada, the United States and Mexico together become increasingly important.  Recently, at the United States-Canada S.A.G.E. Summit at Ohio University, Dr. Christopher Sands and Dr. Katie Friedman discussed the principles… Continue Reading

Canada Introduces More Preclearance Legislation For People and Goods

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

On June 17, 2016, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness introduced Bill C-23 “an Act respecting the preclearance of persons and goods in Canada and the United States” (to be known as the “Preclearance Act 2016″) in the House of Commons.  This proposed legislation does not impose obligations in the United States and… Continue Reading

What Businesses Should Know About Bill C-21 Amendments to Customs Act (Canada)

Posted in Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, Harmonization, Immigration law, Legal Developments, U.S. Federal Government

On June 15, 2016, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness introduced Bill C-21 “an Act to amend the Customs Act” in the Canadian House of Commons. It is a relatively short bill containing important and far-reaching amendments to the Customs Act.  Many people think that the Customs Act only affects them if they… Continue Reading

Costs of Compliance –The Missing Element

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Agriculture, Antidumping, Border Security, Controlled Goods Program, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Law, Cross-border deals, Cross-border litigation, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, FCPA/Anti-Corruption, Intellectual Property, Legal Developments, NAFTA, origin, tariff classification, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies, U.S. Federal Government, valuation

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in May 2016 Only three (3) years ago, when Tom Winkowski was Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) and John Morton the Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”), both of them acknowledged publicly how their respective agencies had lost such significant depths of knowledge and… Continue Reading

CBSA Announces Enhancements to Trusted Traveler Program

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

On May 12, 2016, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) announced that it is expanding Free and Secure Trade (FAST) benefits for members of its trusted trader programs. The FAST Program is a joint Canada–U.S. initiative to enhance border and trade chain security and make cross-border commercial shipments simpler and subject to fewer delays. FAST… Continue Reading

Will Canada Be Able To Negotiate A New Softwood Lumber Agreement With The US Before October 13th?

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Softwood Lumber, Trade Remedies, U.S. Federal Government

The 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement expired on October 12, 2015. There is now a one-year grace period in which the United States is obliged to refrain from bringing new trade cases against Canadian lumber. This means that new softwood lumber anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases may be filed by U.S. producers but cannot be initiated… Continue Reading

EU Safe Harbor- Nothing Settled Yet

Posted in Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cybersecurity and Privacy, U.S. Federal Government, Uncategorized

While a new Safe Harbor agreement was hoped for by the January 31, 2016 deadline, negotiations still continue. It is expected the European Commission will receive an update, but keep your fingers crossed for an actual deal! In the meantime, American companies continue to rely on recommended provisions to satisfy their privacy protection requirements.