Canada-U.S. Blog Trade Lawyers Cyndee Todgham Cherniak and Susan K. Ross

Monthly Archives: July 2016

Canada Tables Arms Trade Treaty in Parliament and Starts Steps to Accede

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Controlled Goods Program, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, Legal Developments

On June 30, 2016, Canada’s Global Affairs Minister Dion and International Trade Minister Freeland issued a joint Press Release that announced that the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (“ATT”) was tabled in the House of Commons and that Canada planned to accede to the ATT.  Apparently, the ATT was tabled in the House of Commons… Continue Reading

Say Cheese: Government of Canada Consults on New Tariff Rate Quotas in the Canada-EU CETA

Posted in Agriculture, Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, Imports Restrictions

On June 20, 2016, Global Affairs Canada posted an “Invitation to comment on the administration of the new Tariff Rate Quotas and Origin Quotas that will be established under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement“. The Tariff Rate Quotas relate to cheese and industrial cheese. What is a Tariff Rate Quota? A Tariff… Continue Reading

Canada has Implemented the WTO Information Technology Agreement and Eliminated Customs Duties on 201 Tech Products

Posted in Customs Law, World Trade Organization

On July 4, 2016, Canada’s Trade Minister Freeland announced that Canada implemented the World Trade Organization (WTO) expanded Information Technology Agreement (ITA). Pursuant to the expanded ITA, signatories agreed to eliminate tariffs on 201 information and communication technology (ICT) and related products. As of July 1, 2016, Canada permanently eliminated customs tariffs on many of… Continue Reading

Canada Releases 2014 and 2015 Export and Import Controls Reports

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

On June 30, 2016, Global Affairs Minister Dion released the “Annual Report for the Year 2015: Annual Report to Parliament on the Administration of the Export and Import Permits Act” and the “Annual Report for the Year 2014: Annual Report to Parliament on the Administration of the Export and Import Permits Act” These documents are… Continue Reading

What is an Ascertained Forfeiture by the Canada Border Services Agency?

Posted in Customs Law

An ascertained forfeiture is a monetary penalty levied by the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) when a CBSA officer believes on reasonable grounds that a person has imported goods into Canada illegally (or without reporting the goods). An ascertained forfeiture occurs when the goods cannot actually be seized (because the good cannot be located or… Continue Reading

Why Do Canadians Say “Eh”?

Posted in Uncategorized

You know I am correct, eh? Okay, there I wrote “eh” – this means the author of this post is a Canadian.  I am a proud Canadian on Canada Day. I have looked on the LegisInfo website (where Canadian legislative bills are found) and the search term “eh’ is not in any Canadian bill. I… Continue Reading