December 2017

Canada

Canada’s H.S. codes and duty rates are contained in a schedule to the Customs Tariff.  Every year, Canada publishes online the Departmental Consolidation of the Customs Tariff.  This is chapter-by-chapter files (html and pdf files) with Canada’s tariff rates and a column setting out tariff reductions under Canada’s various free trade agreements. 

It is that time of year again – time to obtain or prepare new Certificates of Origin. A Certificate of Origin may apply to either a single importation of goods or to multiple importations of identical goods exported to a free trade partner within a 12-month period, (called a “blanket certificate”).  Blanket Certificates of Origin

Canada

On December 28, 2017, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) announced that it has initiated antidumping and countervailing duty investigations against dry wheat pasta from Turkey.  This is not surprising – there were rumblings about a possible case in 2016. See the article in the Manitoba Co-operator entitled “Canadian pasta makers accuse Turkey

Canada

Canada is not known for developments in anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws.  However, 2017 has been a busy year of advancements and developments.  Looking back on 2017, persons with a real and substantial link to Canada should be more concerned about compliance with Canada’s anti-bribery laws. In you have not done so already, it is

Canada

Canadian anti-corruption law is now clear, facilitation or “grease” payments to foreign public officials are illegal. There used to be a gray area – some Canadian companies did not know how to approach the small payments requested by low-level officials to speed up routine government functions and Canadian compliance managers wasted much time guessing

On December 8, 2017, in LE-2017-003, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (“CITT”) decided to not initiate an expiry review (Canada’s sunset review) with respect to carbon steel welded pipe manufactured by Conares Metal Supply Ltd. (“Conares”) from the United Arab Emirates. The CITT found that an expiry review was warranted with respect to carbon steel