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Heather is a strategic negotiator and effective business communicator having worked with governments, institutions and corporations in North America, Asia, the Middle East, South America, Africa and Europe.

The Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA or USMCA) will introduce new and complex requirements for the automotive industry.  Not only will vehicle producers face increased Regional Value Content requirements starting July 1, 2020, but they will be required to meet the following requirements:

  1. minimum purchase requirements for North American steel and aluminum;
  2. labour value content requirements

The Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), also referred to as the United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA), comes into effect on July 1, 2020.  Are you ready?

The full CUSMA Agreement was signed in November of 2018, and later amended in December 2019.  In April of this year each of the three parties notified that they had completed

With few exceptions, those importing food into Canada now or soon (July 15, 2020) will require an import license issued pursuant to the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations:

    • The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations issued pursuant to the Safe Food for Canadians Act (“SFCA”) came into force on January 15, 2019.
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The reliability and safety of Canada’s food supply chain has become increasingly important during these challenging times.  Designed to protect Canadians from COVID-19 while minimizing disruptions in the supply of essential goods, Canada has imposed temporary border restrictions.  At the same time, the Canadian government has made clear that the movement of essential goods, including

On September 30, 2018, Canada, the United States and Mexico announced the conclusion of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (the “CUSMA” or “USMCA” or “NAFTA 2.0”), a modernized free trade agreement that will replace the existing North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”).  On November 30, 2018, the CUSMA was signed by each

In response to U.S. tariffs applied to Canadian steel and aluminum, the Government of Canada introduced countermeasures on certain goods imported from the U.S.  On and after July 1, 2018 surtaxes of 25% and 10% apply respectively, to certain steel and aluminum products imported from the U.S. (United States Surtax Order (Steel and Aluminum

The Safe Food for Canadians Act (“SFCA”) came into full force on January 15, 2019 when the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (“SFCR”) were adopted.  The SFCA and SFCR apply with few exceptions to all food commodities and create a framework of standards, licensing and other requirements established to ensure that

Late in the evening on September 30, 2018, the United States, Canada and Mexico announced the conclusion of negotiations of the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (”USMCA”) (also known as NAFTA 2.0). While the text of USMCA remains to be finalized, formally signed and ratified by each of the three countries, a preliminary