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Speak Up!: Canada Is Consulting With Canadians On Cannabis Duties And Taxes

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, cannabis, Cross-border trade, Excise Duty, Excise Tax, Imports Restrictions

On November 10, 2017, Canada’s Department of Finance made an announcement of a one month consultation process concerning the imposition of excise taxes/duties and goods and services tax (“GST”) and harmonized sales tax (“HST”) on cannabis products. Canadian stakeholders, businesses and the public have until December 7, 2017 to submit feedback as part of the Government of Canada’s… Continue Reading

What is the Canadian International Trade Tribunal?

Posted in Antidumping, Canada's Federal Government, Customs Law, Government Procurement, origin, tariff classification, Trade Remedies, valuation

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (also known as the “CITT”) is an independent, Canadian quasi-judicial administrative tribunal that adjudicates a variety of international trade cases and matters. The CITT is the place to go to receive a fair, timely, transparent and effective resolution of a trade-related dispute and/or government-mandated inquiry/dispute, provided that the trade-related dispute is… Continue Reading

What is the CPTPP?

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, TPP-1, Trade Agreeements, Uncategorized

On November 10, 2017, the TransPacific Partnership Agreement (-1) was renamed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (“CPTPP”).  Canada made an announcement about the CPTPP and the new name was used.  Canada’s announcement was made prior to the release of the Joint Statement. The CPTPP parties are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico,… Continue Reading

Are You Asking The Right Questions When You Travel With Electronic Devices?

Posted in Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Corporate Counsel

  Technology is wonderful. Laptop computers are getting lighter.  Storage capacity on laptop computers, smart phones, USB keys and other electronic devices are up in the terabytes.   You can travel with your electronic devices and no one will know you are not in the office. What this means is that we can travel with vast… Continue Reading

Canada Lists Names: Canada Publishes 3 Magnitsky Sanctions Lists

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, FCPA/Anti-Corruption, Legal Developments, Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering

On November 3, 2017, Canada announced sanctions and published three lists of names under the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law) (a.k.a Canada’s Magnitsky Act) imposing sanctions against 52 individuals from Russian, Venezuela and South Sudan.  The Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law) received Royal Assent on October… Continue Reading

Canada’s Magnitsky Act Receives Royal Assent

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions

Today, at 1PM, Canada’s Magnitsky Act (known as Bill S-226 Bill S-226 “An Act to provide for the taking of restrictive measures in respect of foreign nationals responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights and to make related amendments to the Special Economic Measures Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act” (officially… Continue Reading

Canada Publishes A Consolidated SEMA Sanctions List

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports

On October 12, 2017, Global Affairs Canada published a Consolidated Special Economic Measures Act Sanctions List.  Before today, Canadian companies had to review each regulation promulgated under the Special Economic Measures Act when conducting due diligence.  However, and this is important, the Global Affairs Consolidated Special Economic Measures Act Sanctions List does not include sanctions… Continue Reading

Canada’s Magnitsky Act Will Pass Third Reading Today

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports

Today, Canada’s House of Commons will pass at third reading Bill S-226 “An Act to provide for the taking of restrictive measures in respect of foreign nationals responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights and to make related amendments to the Special Economic Measures Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act”. Bill S-226… Continue Reading

Global Affairs Canada Consulting Canadians on TPP-1

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, NAFTA Renegotiations, TPP-1, Trade Agreeements

On September 30, 2017, Global Affairs Canada commenced a consultation process with Canadians about on entering into a TransPacific Partnership Agreement with the remaining 11 counties (“TPP-1”).  An announcement was published in the Canada Gazette, Part 1, Volume 151, No. 39 (September 30, 2017) concerning the consultations.  On page 3759, Global Affairs published a notice… Continue Reading

Canada’s Magnitsky Act Moves Closer To Law On October 2, 2017

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports

Bill S-226 “An Act to provide for the taking of restrictive measures in respect of foreign nationals responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights and to make related amendments to the Special Economic Measures Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act” to be known as “Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials… Continue Reading

Canada Has Imposed Economic Sanctions and Asset Freezes On The Venezuelan Maduro Regime

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports

On September 22, 2017, Canada has finally imposed unilateral economic sanctions on the Maduro Regime in Venezuela.  Global Affairs has issued a Press Release entitled “Canada imposes sanctions on Maduro regime in Venezuela”.  Canada has imposed unilateral targeted economic sanctions against 4o Venezuelan officials and individuals under the Special Economic Measures Act.  The Special Economic… Continue Reading

The Origin Verification Process In CETA Is Different From What Canadian Businesses Are Used To

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Canada-EU CETA, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, NAFTA, origin

Canadian businesses are used to the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) customs procedures for verifying certificates of origin that effectively state that exported goods are “made in Canada”. The NAFTA origin verification procedures have been adopted in most other Canadian free trade agreements. Under NAFTA, United States Customs and Border Protection (“US CBP”) officers… Continue Reading

Canada and the EU have taken the Necessary Steps for Provisional Implementation of CETA

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Canada-EU CETA

On September 7, 2017, the Canadian Governor-in-Council published in the Canada Gazette an Order-in-Council that effectively sets the date of the provisional implementation of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (the “Canada-EU CETA”) to be September 21, 2017.  SI/2017–47 “Order fixing September 21, 2017 as the Day on which the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic… Continue Reading

Are You Ready To Benefit From The Canada-EU CETA?

Posted in Agriculture, Canada's Federal Government, Canada-EU CETA, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Imports Restrictions, origin, tariff classification

On September 14, 2017, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) issued Customs Notice 17-30 “Implementation of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement”, which sets out some of the final administrative details needed before duty-free imports are processed starting on September 21, 2017.  These final details supplement the Canada-EU CETA text, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive… Continue Reading

What Are Canada’s Tariff Codes (As At September 14, 2017)?

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Canada-EU CETA, Canada-Ukraine FTA, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, origin

Canada does not have a single customs duty or tariff rate for all imports. Over the years, Canada has entered into a number of free trade agreements.  A tariff rate code is assigned for every free trade agreement partner because tariff elimination commitments and tariff reduction schedules cause applicable tariff rates to be different from… Continue Reading

Canada Has Published Order-In-Council And Regulations For Canada-EU CETA Implementation

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Canada-EU CETA, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Imports Restrictions, origin

On September 1, 2017, the Trudeau Cabinet (Governor-in-Council) promulagated many of the regulations necessary for the implementation of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“Canada-EU CETA”) on September 21, 2017. The Canada-EU CETA regulati9nos were published in in the September 7, 2017 Canada Gazette. The most important document is an Order-in-Council fixing September… Continue Reading

Expect Softwood Lumber Breakthrough During NAFTA Modernization Round 3

Posted in Antidumping, Canada's Federal Government, NAFTA, NAFTA Renegotiations, Softwood Lumber, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies, U.S. Federal Government

Let’s set out the target date of importance: Round 3 of the NAFTA Modernization/Renegotiation meetings will take place in Ottawa, Canada between September 23-27, 2017. Round 1 took place in Washington D.C. between August 16-20, 2017 and Round 2 will take place in Mexico City between September 1-5 in Mexico City, Mexico. Under U.S. law, the… Continue Reading

Canada Does Not Impose Customs Duties On Most Manufacturing Inputs

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, NAFTA Renegotiations

There is some concern that U.S. President Trump will cancel NAFTA (because he has said he would terminate NAFTA if he does not get what he wants from Canada and Mexico during the NAFTA renegotiation meetings).  One of the concerns raised in the media is that Canada will impose customs duties on U.S.-origin manufacturing inputs,… Continue Reading

What Should Canadian Companies Due Between NAFTA Modernization Rounds?

Posted in Agriculture, Antidumping, Border Security, Buy America, Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Energy, Environment, Government Procurement, Immigration law, Imports Restrictions, Intellectual Property, International Arbitrations, NAFTA, NAFTA Chapter 11, NAFTA Renegotiations, Politics, Softwood Lumber, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies

In the week of August 16, 2017, Canada’s NAFTA modernization team met in Washington D.C. with the United States Trade Representative’s NAFTA renegotiation team and Mexico’s NAFTA modernization team. At the end of the meeting, they issued a Trilateral Statement on the Conclusion of NAFTA Round One and indicated that Round Two will be held in… Continue Reading

Canada Initiates New Antidumping/Subsidy Case Against PET Resin from China, Oman, India and Pakistan

Posted in Antidumping, Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, Trade Remedies

On August 18, 2017, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) issued a Notice of Initiation stating that it has initiated both an antidumping investigation and a subsidy investigation against PET Resin from China, India, Oman and Pakistan. The subject goods are defined as follows: “Polyethylene terephthalate (“PET”) resin having an intrinsic viscosity of at least… Continue Reading

The Canada Border Services Agency Has Authority To Seize Hate Propaganda

Posted in Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Customs Law, tariff classification

The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) is the gatekeeper and hate propaganda is a prohibited importation under item 9899.00.00.00 of the Customs Tariff (Canada).  Don’t bring hate propaganda to Canada and do not send hate propaganda to Canada and don’t attempt to import hate propaganda into Canada – unless you would like the CBSA to… Continue Reading

Can the CBSA Search My Electronic Devices?

Posted in Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border trade, Customs Law

We are often contacted by travelers after they have been selected (random or mandatory) for a secondary examination by the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) upon arrival at the Canadian border. Usually, the traveler had something on a laptop computer or smart phone that they did not want the CBSA to see or use against them… Continue Reading

The CBSA Should Respect Solicitor-Client Privilege At The Canadian Border

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border trade, Customs Law

The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) does have an internal policy with respect to examinations and searches of lawyers who are crossing the border into Canada.  This internal policy (Operational Bulletin PRG-2014-07 “Examination of Solicitor-Client Privileged Materials”) is not publicly available on the CBSA web-site, so we posted it.  It is available through Access to… Continue Reading

Do You Know The Canadian Marking And Labelling Rules For Importing Textile Products Into Canada?

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, origin

There are several pieces of Canadian legislation that prescribe marking and labelling requirements for textile products that are imported into Canada.  While it is difficult to provide specific requirements without detailed information about the product, and certain exemptions may be available, the manufacturer, importer, target market, etc, the following marking/labelling requirements may apply: 1) Country… Continue Reading