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BEWARE OF THE WHISTLEBLOWER!

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Anti-Trust/Competition Law, Antidumping, Border Security, Buy America, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Law, Cross-border litigation, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Excise Duty, Excise Tax, Government Procurement, Legal Developments, Trade Agreeements, Trade Remedies, U.S. Federal Government, Uncategorized

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in February 2018 Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) and other federal enforcement agencies seizing goods or imposing penalties is not unexpected. However, there are other consequences triggered by the actions of private actors which present equal danger to importers. In particular,  there is the False Claims Act (“FCA”),… Continue Reading

The Government of Canada Has Not Appointed Needed Canadian International Trade Tribunal Members

Posted in Antidumping, Canada's Federal Government, Customs Law, Government Procurement

Canada is nearing a trade law crisis point that, quite frankly, is avoidable and easily solved.  There are too few permanent members of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (“CITT”) for the workload.  Section 3 of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act provides for the appointment of a Chairman and six (6) permanent members to the… Continue Reading

Bombardier Is The Big Winner

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Anti-Trust/Competition Law, Antidumping, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law

In a result that was shocking to most, on Friday, January 26, 2018, the International Trade Commission announced a finding of NO material injury to American industry (read Boeing) and so voted to NOT impose either antidumping or countervailing duty on Bombardier’s 100 to 150 seat jets.  This brings to an end a very high profile… Continue Reading

Canadian Customs Duties and the Trump Tax Changes – What Do They Have In Common?

Posted in Customs Law, origin, U.S. Federal Government, valuation

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Trump Tax Act”).  The Trump Tax Act materially changes U.S. corporate tax laws and incentivizes U.S. companies with overseas operations to either return home to the United States and/or repatriate money home to the United States. As companies are attempting to… Continue Reading

New Tariffs: Trade War Washing Ashore?

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

Yesterday, January 22, 2018, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer announced the imposition of safeguard tariffs on solar cells and modules.  Much has been said in the general press about this case, but only now is the key point starting to register, and is something international traders immediately thought about  – is President Trump starting… Continue Reading

Border Searches of Electronic Devices

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

Earlier this month, MSK attorneys David Rugendorf and Frida Glucoft published an Alert summarizing the latest directive issued by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regarding the search of electronic devices.  A copy of their original article can be found here –  Hold That Call International Travelers.  Given the  increasing likelihood of any traveler’s electronic devices… Continue Reading

He Said What ?????

Posted in Aerospace & Defence, Agriculture, Antidumping, Controlled Goods Program, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Law, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Currency Reporting, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, FCPA/Anti-Corruption, Government Procurement, Harmonization, Imports Restrictions, Intellectual Property, Legal Developments, Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering, Trade Remedies

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in December 2017 While Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues his investigation, the recent guilty plea entered by Trump former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret.) serves as a reminder that when you are interviewed by a law enforcement agent, you better be sure what you say… Continue Reading

How will the U.S. Government shutdown affect Canadians?

Posted in Agriculture, Border Security, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Exports, Immigration law, Imports Restrictions, NAFTA, NEXUS, U.S. Federal Government

The U.S. federal government was shut down at midnight this morning after a funding bill did not get 60 votes in the United States Senate. While the politicians work to find a solution before Monday, Canadians are reminded that the last U.S. federal government shut down lasted 16 days and a previous shutdown lasted 27… Continue Reading

The CBSA targets “supply managed” goods as a trade compliance verification priority

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Customs Law, Imports Restrictions, tariff classification

In early January 2018, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) issued its January 2018 Trade Compliance Verification Priorities.  Twice a year, the CBSA posts trade compliance verification priorities for tariff classification, origin and valuation.  In the January 2018 Trade Compliance Verification priorities, the CBSA has hidden on page 44 a new target – “Import Permit… Continue Reading

NAFTA Termination? What is your Strategy?

Posted in Canada's Federal Government, Canada-EU CETA, Corporate Counsel, Cross-border deals, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, Energy, NAFTA, NAFTA Renegotiations, Trade Agreeements, U.S. Federal Government

Will President Trump terminate NAFTA?  Unfortunately, we don’t know.  Some days, press reports suggest a growing possibility that he will take steps to terminate the agreement.  Other days, President Trump’s pronouncements hint that he may be prepared to further negotiations. This leaves organizations in a difficult position.  If President Trump does issue a notification of… Continue Reading

Ask Questions Before You Market Access into Canada?

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

Many U.S. and foreign companies that sell goods on Internet-based retail platforms (both in-house platforms and Amazon-type platforms) should ask more questions as they access Canada’s consumer market.  Often, the first question asked by the foreign company is how to access the Canadian market (as they see dollar signs).  After they foreign company figures out… Continue Reading

Canada has posted the 2018 Consolidated Customs Tariff Schedule

Posted in Customs Law

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.  The 2018 Version… Continue Reading

Do You Have Your Certificates of Origin for 2018?

Posted in Canada-EU CETA, Canada-Ukraine FTA, Cross-border trade, Customs Law, NAFTA, origin

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… 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

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

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

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

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