Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



Canada is Open For Business - New Corporate Income Tax Cuts

On October 30, 2007, Minister Flaherty announced corporate and personal income tax cuts that passed in the House of Commons on October 31, 2007.  The corporate income tax cuts signal that Canada is open to foreign...

Canadian Dollar Hits 1.0617, A 130 Year High

On October 31, 2007, the Canadian dollar closed at its highest point in 130 years - at $1.0617 to a U.S. dollar.  The increase is, in part, the result of the U.S. Federal Reserve rate cut.  Canadians are not talking...

Canada's 1% GST Reduction Passes in the House of Commons

I reported yesterday that:

On October 30, 2007, Minister Flaherty announced at 4:00PM in a mini-budget that the Government of Canada would reduce the goods and services tax (GST) rate from 6% to 5% on January 1, 2008.  This...

Canada Initiates Expiry Review Re Carbon Steel Pipe Nipples and Adapter Fittings

On October 31, 2007, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT), pursuant to subsection 76.03(3) of the Special Import Measures Act, initiated an expiry review of its finding made on July 16, 2003 in Inquiry No. NQ-2002-004...

1% GST Cut Announced in Canada

On October 30, 2007, Minister Flaherty announced at 4:00PM in a mini-budget that the Government of Canada would reduce the goods and services tax (GST) rate from 6% to 5% on January 1, 2008.  This means that the GST rate of...

Competition Policy Review Panel Releases Consultation Paper

As part of the 2007 Budget, the Canadian government committed to review Canada's competition and foreign investment policies.  In order to do so, the Canadian government established the Competition Policy Review...

Long Beach Pulls Truck Proposal

In response to the last minute actions of the Port of Los Angeles, the Long Beach Harbor Commission pulled the truck clean-up proposal from its agenda for more study. The notice circulated by Long Beach Port officials late on...

Last Minute Change to Ports Truck Plan

The American Shipper headline service of October 29th discusses a last minute change that was made to the Port of Los Angeles truck plan without advance warning to any party, especially the Port of Long Beach. A vote by the...

EC Freight Plan

Its Competition Committee having found shipping conferences to be illegal, the EC is now putting forward other ways to keep freight moving. According to the Commission's website: "[t]he European Commission is proposing...

Approved Chinese End Users

In an attempt to streamline trading relations with China when dealing with civilian products, the U.S. has established a validated end user program. The Authorized VEU program was enacted effective November 19, 2007. Once...

TWIC Enrollment Finally Opens

Starting some two years later than Congress originally intended, TWIC (the Transportation Worker Identity Card) enrollment has finally opened starting in the Port of Wilmington, Delaware and will roll out as follows:

Early...

Possible Change to SoCal Truck Plan

Much has been made of the reaction of the efforts of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to clean up the environment in response to current regulations and the settlement of litigation. In that vein, the Ports jointly...

U.S. Imposes More Sanctions on Iran

Moving forward in its attempt to get the Iranians to curb their appetite for nuclear capability, the Bush Administration has imposed additional unilateral sanctions on Iran. The move designated the Quds force of the Revolutionary...

President's Interagency Working Group on Import Safety.

Wondering what will happen now that so many products imported into the U.S. from China and elsewhere turned out to be problematic? Take a look at the summary posted on the Rodriguez O'Donnell Ross law firm's website - for more...

FDA Requires Electronic Registrations for 2008 - Medical Devices

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has announced that starting in 2008, all registration filings must be done electronically. There are some problems with the database and so parties were asked to hold off until October 30th...

What you Need to Know if You Import Goods or Get Paid by Mailed Monetary Instruments

On October 12, 2007, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) updated and replaced its previous policy with D-Memorandum D-2-6-7 "Persons' Goods Detained at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) or Abandoned to the Crown - Use...