Canada



In 2016 and early 2017, Canada’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) reviewed Canada’s Special Economic Measures Act (“SEMA”) and the Freezing Assets of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act.  The SEMA was encted to authorize the Governor in Council (Cabinet) to promulgate unilateral economic sanctions against states, as well as individuals

Reports in today’s press indicate that the first round of NAFTA renegotiation talks will begin on August 16, 2017 in Washington, D.C.   Each country has conducted or is in the process of conducting consultations with its stakeholders.  The U.S. Congress has now received the U.S. Summary of Objectives for the NAFTA Renegotiation (the “US Objectives”).

Canada

On July 18, 2017, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) posted its decision in Schlumberger Canada Limited v. President of the Canada Border Services Agency (CITT Appeal No. AP-2015-022).  In this decision, the Tribunal opined on who has the burden of proof in tariff classification appeals.

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On July 17, 2017, following consultation with Congress, stakeholders and the public, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer released a detailed summary of the U.S. negotiating objectives for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) entitled the Summary of Objectives for the NAFTA Renegotiation (the “US NAFTA Renegotiation Objectives List”).  The summary

Canada

joan_of_arc_by_michael_c_hayes-d3669mjOn June 5, 2017, Canada’s Minister of International Trade announced the “addition of a chapter on trade and gender to modernize the 20-year-old Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement.”  What this Gender Chapter contains has not yet been released publicly – so, no one knows what this all means.  The Global Affairs Canada announcement states the

Ontario’s highest court, the Ontario Court of Appeal, issued a decision on July 6, 2017 in R. v. Karigar, which takes enforcement of foreign bribery to another level in Canada.  In 2013, Mr. Karigar was convicted of offering to bribe a foreign public official contrary to paragraph 3(1)(b) of the Corruption of Foreign Public

On June 30, 2017, the Ontario Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal filed by Iran (the Iranian Ministry of Information and Security, The Islamic Republic of Iran and The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp.) paving the way for enforcement of foreign judgments by victims of terrorism.  If the terrorist or sponsor of terrorism has assets in

It looks like the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (“CITT”) has not yet been selected by the Federal Government of Canada or any province or territory as the reviewing authority under Chapter Five of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (Canada’s new and improved internal trade agreement).  The Canadian Free Trade Agreement quietly entered into effect on

sports_2008015797-1113int.epsOn June 9, 2017, the United States International Trade Commission (“US ITC”) voted on and made affirmative preliminary determinations in its preliminary injury phase antidumping and countervailing duty investigations concerning 100- to 150-Seat Large Civil Aircraft from Canada.  Reasons may not be available for a few weeks to a month. The US ITC often issues

Canadian organizations face complex and often overlapping compliance requirements.  Failure to comply may be met with stiff penalties and, in some cases, prison terms.  Annual compliance internal audits represent an essential tool for organizations to respond to these requirements.  Annual internal compliance audits are particularly important for organizations that participate in transactions for the purchase