Originally published in the Journal of Commerce in April 2019

Falling very much into the – you win some and you maybe lose some – a couple of noteworthy decisions have been published which may have long-term implications for the current Administration’s trade policies.

The first was in the decision in American Institute for International


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


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

On November 3, 2017, Canada announced sanctions and published three lists of names under the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law) (a.k.a Canada’s Magnitsky Act) imposing sanctions against 52 individuals from Russian, Venezuela and South Sudan.  The Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law) received

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

We often receive calls from small and medium sized businesses who receive word from the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) that their to-be exported goods have been detained and that the file has been referred to Global Affairs Canada, Export Controls Division for review against Canada’s export controls and economic sanctions laws.  This happens most

Business team on top of the globe. European and African side. Conceptual business illustration. Isolated

Canada imposes various economic sanctions and trade restrictions pursuant to the United Nations Act (“UNA”) and the Special Economic Measures Act (“SEMA”). The specific sanctions are implemented in country specific or targeted regulations.  That being said, most regulations promulgated under SEMA have a sister regulation that grants authority to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and/or

iStock_000019169483XSmallCanadian companies are required to comply with Canada’s economic sanctions laws – and it is not an easy task. Currently, Canada imposes multi-lateral economic sanctions pursuant to the United Nations Act against 16 countries (Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ivory Coast, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, North Korea, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South


Businessman with World Map Globe.

Looking back over the last 12 months, the level of activity in the area of export controls, economic sanctions and trade restrictions in Canada is somewhat surprising.  Canada is usually rather quiet and there is not a lot to report.  The last 12 months are different and we are seeing activity at Global Affairs,

Many QuestionsCanada imposes unilateral economic sanctions against both Russia and Iran pursuant to the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations and Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations, respectively.  It was not long ago that Canadian export controls lawyers were saying that Canada imposed its most strict sanctions against Iran.  However, on February 5, 2016, Canada lifted some