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 3, 2019, the Globe & Mail reported in an article entitled “Ottawa recommends RCMP investigate Canadian lobby firm representing Sudanese military” that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (“RCMP”) has opened an investigation into whether Dickens & Madson (Canada) Inc. had violated Canada’s economic sanctions against Sudan.  Globe & Mail reporting and an Amnesty

On June 21, 2019, the Government of Canada announced that it was implementing/imposing economic sanctions against nine Nicaraguan officials in response to ongoing gross and systematic human rights violations by the Government of Nicaragua. The economic sanctions and trade restrictions were imposed under the Special Economic Measures Act.  Similar sanctions were imposed by the

In March, there was a good deal of consternation in the general press trying to understand news that President Trump had overruled the actions of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) to impose additional sanctions on North Korea. Beside the oddity of a President overruling actions by a part of the Executive branch after

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Canada imposes two types of unilateral economic sanctions against Venezuela.  Canada imposes unilateral economic sanctions under the Special Economic Measures Act (and Special Economic Measures (Venezuela) Regulations).  Canada also imposes unilateral economic sanctions and trade restrictions pursuant to the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials (Sergei Magnitsky Law) Act and Justice for

The Federal Register notice advising the timeline which applies to the Administration’s 232 investigation regarding automobiles and parts was published on May 30, 2018.  The relevant time frame requires that written comments are due by June 22, 2018 and rebuttal comments by July 6, 2018.  A public hearing will be held on July 19 and

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On May 8, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”) with Iran. Canada was not a party to the JCPOA.  So, the U.S. being in or out of the JCPOA does not affect Canada directly.

That being said, President Trump’s decision has

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This is a common problem – too common.  The people in the company responsible for customs and trade compliance do not work closely with the computer programmers as software is being developed — and mistakes are made.  The computer programmer does his or her job in preparing the code, but does not have any

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Countries, such as North Korea, Iran and Russia, may attempt to hide activities by using cryptocurrencies (such as Bitcoin). While the underlying activity of selling controlled goods or dealing with designated persons is illegal (under Canadian export laws) without an export permit/ministerial authorization, a secondary issue is enforcement.  Enforcement tools directed at “following the

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Canada effectively imposes economic sanctions against certain countries via the Export Development Canada (“EDC”) positions on where they will and will not or business.  EDC is Canada’s export credit agency.  The EDC extends credit to Canadian businesses (big and small) to facilitate export sales. EDC financial products and services include trade credit insurance, export