Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



Rare Import Permit Judicial Review Contains Important Free Trade Language

On January 22, 2008, Canada's Federal Court determined that the Minister of International Trade has to make a determination whether goods were on the import control list (ICL) and then exercise his/her discretion on whether to...

Canadian Export Declaration Software Version 2008 Released

On January 30, 2008, the Canada Border Services Agency issued Customs Notice CN-2008-003 "Release of Canadian Automated Export Declaration 2008" in which it advised exporters that it released the 2008 version of the Canadian...

Bill C-9 ICSID Bill Tabled in Canada's Senate for First Reading

Canada is one step closer to passage of Bill C-9 "An Act to implement the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (ICSID Convention)".  On January 31, 2008, Bill C-9...

Minister of Foreign Affairs Announces All International Treaties Will Be Tabled in Canada's House of Commons Before Signing

On January 28, 2008, the Minister of Foreign Affairs made the following statement in the House of Commons:

"Mr. Speaker, I wish to inform the House that we have fulfilled another election promise today. Effective immediately,...

Bill C-9 - ISCID Bill - Tabled for Third Reading on January 28, 2008

On January 28, 2008, Canadian MPs went back to work at the House of Commons after a 6 week recess.  One of the first matters was the tabling of Bill C-9 "an Act to implement the Convention on the Settlement of Investment...

Canada's Export and Import Controls Bureau Issues Notice 155 Regarding Export Controls on Exports to Burma (Myanmar)

On January 29, 2008, the Export and Import Controls Bureau (EICB) issued Notice 155 "Export Controls to Burma (Myanmar)". This notice supersedes Notice to Exporters Serial No. 100, “Export Controls to Myanmar...

Australia Planning to Trace Callers to Customs

The following article comes from "ZDNet Australia" and should raise concerns about privacy, data protection and chilling legitimate communications between individuals, compliance officers, legal advisors and other consultants and...

My Second Blog Post

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a...

Some U.S Lawmakers Do Not Support WHTI Meaures Coming into Effect January 31, 2008

I am happy to read that a bi-partisan group of 19 U.S. Senators and 30 representatives of the U.S. Congress agree with Canada that the information document requirements for Canadians and Americans crossing the Canada-United...

The World Trade Organization Working Party on Ukraine's Accession Adopts Accession Package

On January 25, 2008, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that after 14 years of negotiations, the WTO Working Party on Ukraine's accession to the WTO adopted the Accession Package.  Ukraine's accession package...

Janaury 26, 2008 International Customs Day

January 26, 2008 is International Customs Day. The World Customs Organization posted a statement commemorating International Customs Day 2008.  The focus of discussion for 2008 International Customs Day is the illegal...

Canada and EFTA Countries Sign Free Trade Agreement

On January 26, 2008, Canada announced that the Minister of International Trade and the Leaders of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) signed a free trade...

Canada and Peru Conclude Free Trade Agreement Negotiations

On January 26, 2008, Canada announced that it had concluded its negotiations of a free trade agreement with Peru.  The Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA) follows the Canada-Peru bilateral investment treaty (called a...

Significant Change in Canada's Procedures to Approve International Agreements

On January 25, 2008, Canada announced that it was introducing important and significant changes to its current policies and procedures for the signing of international agreements.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maxime Bernier,...

Canada and EFTA Countries to Sign FTA on January 26, 2008

Canada's Minister of International Trade and the Leaders of the EFTA Countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) will sign a free trade agreement in Davos, Switzerland on January 26, 2008.  Canada had...

Egypt and Vietnam Ratify International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures

The following announcment was posted on the WCO web-site:

Egypt and Vietnam ratify the revised Kyoto Convention

 

On 8 January 2008 Egypt and Vietnam acceded to the International Convention on the Simplification and...