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

Most Canadian export controls and controlled goods compliance programs are built with the assumption that relevant employees who have access to controlled goods and technical data will be working in an on-site work environment and use work computers and in-house servers where information is securely stored with access and release restrictions and where work-related activities

During the COVID-19 global pandemic, an important humanitarian issue has arisen for individuals (friends and family), companies, and non-governmental organizations.  Many Canadians and residents in Canada have asked whether they can export humanitarian goods (including personal protective equipment (“PPE”)) to countries against whom Canada has imposed sanctions (called “Sanctioned Countries”). Canada clearly exempts humanitarian activities.

The use of cannabis is legal in Canada. The Cannabis Act, Bill C-45, was passed by Canada’s House of Commons on November 27, 2018 and the Senate on June 7, 2018.  Bill C-45 received royal assent on June 21, 2018.  Most provisions of the Cannabis Act entered into force on October 17, 2018.

It has been a busy year in Canada for export controls and economic sanctions developments. As a result, we are posting an H1 2019 report. The top 10 developments in H1 2019 are:

1. Canada will implement the brokering rules on September 1, 2019. Bill C-47 “An Act to amend the Export and Import Permits

On July 10, 2019, Bill C-21 “An Act to amend the Customs Act” entered into effect. On July 10, 2019, the Governor in Council published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, SI-2019-44 “Order Fixing the day on which this Order is made as the day on which that Act comes into Force” (PC-2019-904) and

On July 8, 2019, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) issued Customs Notice 19-14 “Mandatory electronic export reporting for exporters” in which it announced paper reporting will end on June 30, 2020.  Canadian exporters will not longer be able to file Form B13A to report exports.

As of June 30, 2020, it will be mandatory