Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



Canada's Negotiators Seek Comments on Draft WTO AD/CVD Texts

The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade have posted the WTO Draft Consolidated Chair Texts of the AD and SCM Agreements and is asking for interested parties to provide their comments to Canada's...

Bid Challenge Complainant Likely Surprised To Learn that the Time Clock Starts to Tick Early

On December 21, 2007, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) infromed Siva & Association (Siva) that it would not initiate an inquiry because Siva filed its complaint beyond the 10 day limitation period.

Siva...

Thoughts on Proposed Egyptian Extra-territorial Charges on Duplication of Historic Egyptian Monuments

News is swirling that Egypt is planning to pass a law requiring payment of royalties whenever its historic Egyptian monuments are reproduced.  Mr. Zahi Hawass, the Head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities has indicated...

Draft GST/HST Drop Shipment Administrative Statement Available for Comments

January 31, 2008 is the due date for comments on the GST/HST Notice 225 "Draft Revised GST/HST Memorandum 3.3.1, Drop Shipments (September 2007).  This administrative interpretation is very important because it will form the...

GST/HST Rate Reduction to 5% on Midnight January 1, 2008

Effective midnight on January 1, 2008 (as the crystal ball finishes its drop in Times Square), the rate of Canada's federal goods and services tax (GST) will reduce from 6% to 5%.  In anticipation of the reduction and to...

Entering Canada to Study or Work - Read this Guide

On December 24, 2007, the Canada Border Services Agency issued a new Guide "Entering Canada to Study of Work".  It is a helpful reference guide that informs visitors of the rules to make entry a more pleasant...

CBSA Issues Notice on Burma Economic Sanctions Setting Out Rules With Wide Net

On December 24, 2007, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) issued Customs Notice CN-07-039 "Summary of the Special Import Measures (Burma) Regulations.  Usually, one would not expect that the CBSA would issue a Customs...

U.S. Congress Delays WHTI Passport Requirements by Land and Rail in Onmibus Bill

On December 17, 2007, the U.S. Congress voted (253 - 154) to delay until June 2009 parts of the WHTI requiring passports to be shown at road and rail border crossings.  This is great news for Canadian tourism and hospitality...

Columbia Talks Free Trade with Canada and Canada talks to U.S Congress about the U.S-Columbia TPA deal

I have come across an interesting article in the Embassy Magazine: Canada's Foreign Policy Newsweekly (connected with the Hill Times) about Canada's supportive words to the U.S. Congress about the United States - Columbia TPA...

Compliance with U.S. ITARs Can Cause Legal Problems for Canadian Companies

Some Canadian companies in the defense industry are finding themselves in a catch-22 situation.  If they comply with the U.S. ITARs and restrict access of employees with certain nationalities to certain areas of...

Update on Canada's Trade Sanctions Against Burma (and More)

On December 14, 2007, Minister Maxime Bernier, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced that Canada's economic sanctions against Burma entered into force on December 13, 2007.  To read the Press Release, please click on the...

Status Update on Bill C-9 (ICSID Ratification Bill)

The Canadian Parliament has adjourned until January 28, 2008 with Bill C-9 "An Act to implement the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (ICSID Convention)" still...

Statistics Canada Reports Canadian Population Now Exceeds 33 Million People

Statistics Canada has reported that as of October 1, 2007, Canada's population was 33,091,200 people.  Yes, this is for all of Canada. 

Canada's CBSA Provides Instructions on Completing RMD Release Requests

On December 7, 2007, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)  issued Customs Notice CN 07-037 "Declaration of Goods on Release Requests".  Customs Notice CN-07-037 intends to provide guidance relating to the...

Canadian Businesses Who Trade Services with the EU May Have A Right To Compensatory Relief

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AS THERE MAY BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE COMPENSATORY RELIEF (THIS DOES NOT MEAN A PAYMENT OF MONEY)

The deadline for submitting views is January 4, 2008.

In the December 8, 2007 issue of the Canada...

Canada Reduces NEXUS and FAST Fees

On November 29, 2007, the Canada Border Services Agency issued Customs Notice CN-07-034 "Reduction of the Fee for the NEXUS and Free and Secure trade (FAST) Commercial Driver Program Under the Presentation of Persons (2003)...