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A “Catch 22” For Canadian Corporations Trading With Cuba – Canada’s Foreign Extraterritorial Measures Act –

Posted in Corporate Counsel, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports

It is legal under Canadian law for Canadian persons, including Canadian corporation, branches of U.S. companies and subsidiaries of U.S. companies to do business with Cuba. Canadian persons and Canadians outside Canada may sell goods and services to Cuba, with the exception of goods covered by Canada’s export control and economic sanctions laws. For example,… 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

Money, Money, Who Owes the Money?

Posted in Antidumping, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Legal Developments

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in October 2017 You receive an invoice from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for additional duty assessed on an entry. When do you have to pay it?  Presumably the answer is within thirty (30) days, but maybe not! One of the members of the trade bar was recently… Continue Reading

Tips for Traveling with Electronic Devices

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Border Security, Constitutional Law, Controlled Goods Program, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Law, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Cybersecurity and Privacy, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, FCPA/Anti-Corruption, Legal Developments, Transportation

In the September 18, 2017 Federal Register notice (see 82 FR 43556) , U.S. Citizenship and Immigration made clear it will now routinely require those applying to enter the U.S. to provide social media handles. As such, the obvious starting point for these tips must be a reminder that Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) officers… Continue Reading

Walking the North Korean Tightrope

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Agriculture, Antidumping, Border Security, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Law, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, Imports Restrictions, Intellectual Property, Legal Developments, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies, Transportation

On September 21, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order (yet to be numbered) (“EO”) imposing additional sanctions on North Korea. It took affect the next day. The general press has quoted Treasury Secretary Mnuchin as stating: “Foreign financial institutions are now on notice that going forward they can choose to do business with the… Continue Reading

Solar Flare Up with China

Posted in Antidumping, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Law, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Imports Restrictions, Legal Developments, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies

Two actions took place at the end of last week which heighten concerns that a trade war with China could be ever more likely.  First, there was the preliminary decision in the solar panels 201 case.  Then, we had the additional sanctions imposed by the President on North Korea. The 201 solar panel case began… 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

CBP : Old Issues / New Tricks!

Posted in Antidumping, Border Security, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Law, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Exports, Imports Restrictions, Legal Developments, origin, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in September 2017. As the scoundrels of the world are ever more creative with their attempts to circumvent the law, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) responds by implementing new tools.  One new tool is worth considering and one existing tool is worth revisiting. The new enforcement tool is… 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

What is in a Name?

Posted in Border Security, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, Government Procurement, Imports Restrictions, Legal Developments, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies, Uncategorized

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in August 2017. We are now a few months (almost 7) into Mr. Trump’s Presidency and it is still not clear  – what is the Administration’s trade policy?   The general press is rife with stories about the warring factions within the Administration – those who xenophobically want to… Continue Reading

Trading with China – New Reasons To Be Wary!

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Agriculture, Anti-Trust/Competition Law, Antidumping, Controlled Goods Program, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Energy, Environment, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, FCPA/Anti-Corruption, Imports Restrictions, Intellectual Property, Labour, Legal Developments, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies

Yesterday, August 2, 2017, President Trump signed into law H.R. 3364, the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act”.  The general press is covering this story by writing about Russia’s initial retaliation taking the form of cutting the staff authorized at the U.S. embassy in Moscow and the seizure of certain U.S. diplomatic property within Russia. … Continue Reading

How To Start A Trade Compliance Program? Who, What, When, Where, How Questions To Ask

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, AMPs, Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Canada-EU CETA, Canada-Ukraine FTA, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border trade, Currency Reporting, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, FCPA/Anti-Corruption, Government Procurement, NAFTA Renegotiations, Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering

The trade landscape is changing for many Canadian companies. Canada is involved in the renegotiation of NAFTA.  The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement comes into effect on August 1, 2017.  The Canada-EU CETA enters into provisional effect on September 21, 2017.  The Government of Canada is updating export controls and economic sanctions laws and Global Affairs… Continue Reading

Canada’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs And International Development Makes 13 Economic Sanctions Recommendations

Posted in Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, Uncategorized

In 2016 and early 2017, Canada’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) reviewed Canada’s Special Economic Measures Act (“SEMA”) and the Freezing Assets of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act.  The SEMA was encted to authorize the Governor in Council (Cabinet) to promulgate unilateral economic sanctions against states, as well as individuals and entities… Continue Reading

Canada Has Made Important Changes To The Export Control List And Export Controls Guide: It Is Time To Update Company Export Controls

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

On July 12, 2017, the Government of Canada (more specifically, the Governor in Council (Cabinet)) promulgated changes to the Export Control list, which is a regulation.  In the Canada Gazette, Part II, Regulation SOR/2017-139 “Order Amending the Export Control List”  (the “ECL Order”) made pursuant to the Export and Import Permits Act was published.  The… Continue Reading

The Antidumping Wiggle!

Posted in Antidumping, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Imports Restrictions, Legal Developments, Trade Remedies

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce, July 2017 No, this is not the latest Internet craze, but rather evidence of just how persistently Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is enforcing antidumping evasion in the U.S.  It has been routine for CBP to send Requests for Information  to importers seeking production records establishing the individual… 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

Non-Resident Importers Having Difficulties Dealing With The CBSA

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, GST/HST, origin, tariff classification, valuation

Last week, I was informed by four different U.S. non-resident importers (or their representatives) that the non-resident companies were frustrated in their dealings with the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) – to the point that they may cease selling to Canadian customers.  While some of the complaints were more connected with customs brokers, many of the complaints… Continue Reading

Global Affairs Canada Tables 2016 Annual Report on Exports In House of Commons

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Border Security, Canada's Federal Government, Corporate Counsel, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Imports Restrictions

On June 20, 2017, Hon. Diane Lebouthiller (Minister of National Revenue) tabled (see page 13032 of Hansard) the 2016 Annual Report to Parliament on the Administration of the Export and Import Permits Act (the “2016 Annual Export Controls Report”)  The Report is required under Standing Order 32(2) and section 27 of the Export and Import Permits… Continue Reading

Compliance Confusion !!!!

Posted in Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, Legal Developments

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in June 2017 Even in the current environment, there remains massive confusion about what is and is not permitted under U.S. law when it comes to trading with Cuba and Iran.  The President is expected in the next few days to reverse some of the openings created by… 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

Romaine Calm: FSVP is Approaching

Posted in Agriculture, Border Security, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, NAFTA, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies

Does FSVP Apply to You? Are you the importer, consignee, or agent for food imported into the United States?  If so, the Foreign Supplier Verification Program for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals (FSVP), a key element of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), likely applies to you.  Implementation of the FSVP will begin… Continue Reading

Foreign Supplier Verification Program Deadline Looms – Are You Ready?

Posted in Agriculture, Border Security, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Imports Restrictions, Legal Developments, NAFTA, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies, Uncategorized

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in May 2017. When the Food Safety Modernization Act took effect in January 2011, there were many parts of it which would take time to figure out.  FDA made a point of trying to work with the importing community so that when it rolled out the various regulations… Continue Reading

Buy American Executive Order

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Border Security, Buy America, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Law, Cross-border deals, Cross-border litigation, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, Government Procurement, Imports Restrictions, Legal Developments, NAFTA, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies

On April 18th, President Trump issued an Executive Order (“EO” or “Order”) focused on the Buy American  laws and regulations. See Buy American EO.  This EO directs federal government entities to review their procurement rules so that, to the extent legally permitted, preference is given to American made goods.  Section 2 specifically states: “[i]t shall… Continue Reading