Customs StopOn August 16, 2016, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) posted its revised Code of Conduct, to which all CBSA officers must adhere. The three “values” pillars of the CBSA Code of Conduct are (1) Respect, (2) Integrity and (3) Professionalism.

Respect

The CBSA makes the following statements in the Code of Conduct regarding

North America Free Trade Agreement countries flag patch on white background.

On June 29, 2016, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Obama and Mexican President Peña Nieto met in Ottawa, Canada for the North American Leaders’ Summit.  Many press releases were issued – but most of the outside press related to the North American Climate, Clean Energy and Environment Partnership.  The Action Plan is

Canada

Canadian parliamentOn May 11, 2016, I testified before the Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, which is currently considering internal trade in Canada.  My testimony is posted on the Senate website.  In my opening presentation, I discussed the Comeau decision, which is one of the most interesting decisions I have read

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer recently provided tips to aid individuals to protect themselves from identity theft:

  • Shred all documents containing personal, financial or medical information before you throw them out.
  • Be cautious using debit cards. Don’t use at gas pumps or for shopping online.
  • Don’t respond to e-mails, calls or texts seeking sensitive

On April 13, 2015, California Attorney General Kamala Harris issued “A Resource Guide” for companies subject to California’s Transparency in the Supply Chain Act (the “Act”). This resource guide was published in conjunction with the first efforts by the State of California to enforce the Act which took effect in 2010. The recent enforcement effort

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in April 2015

One thing is for sure if you have been involved with international trade in recent times. Things are getting ever more complicated and the risk management and compliance challenges are consistently getting harder to anticipate and manage. At the TPM in early March, we discussed

An issue that frustrates trademark and copyright holders in all industries is counterfeit goods. It is commonly understood that many of the imported counterfeit goods coming to the U.S. originate in China. In fact, the seizure statistics released by CBP and ICE bear that out. According to those numbers, for the 2011 fiscal year, there

Here is a link to the July 19th statement by the U.S. Dept. of Labor, USTR and State Dept. about conditions expected of factories in Bangladesh – http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ilab/ILAB20131494.htm. Full implementation is necessary for Generalized System of Preferences benefits to be reinstated by the U.S.

The major topics contained in the release are:

Government Inspections

Canada-US Blog has received the following information from Birgit Matthiesen, Special Advisor to the President and CEO of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters:

The Los Angeles Times reports that “there are in-state manufacturers that want to see the adoption of an official label that declares Made in California. State Sen. Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro)