Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



AES Filing Becomes Mandatory

The mandatory filing of U.S. export documentation through an electronic system called the Automated Export System (AES) will finally become mandatory. About three years ago, the Bureau of Census proposed mandatory AES filing....

Canada Revenue Agency Seeks Comments on How to Reduce Business' GST Paper Burden

 

The Department of Finance and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) have requested input from business on the sources of unnecessary paper or compliance work in the goods and service tax and excise tax systems, as well as any...

Update re Clean Air Plans by Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

As the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach continue to move forward with their environmental clean-up plans, the significant issue dividing their approaches is that of how drivers are to be treated. Long Beach elected to abandon...

Toy Industry Safety Update

In late 2007, the general press was full of public complaints about the safety of food and toys.  Some six plus months later, change at the Food and Drug Administration remains in limbo as Congress continues to consider...

Canada's Export and Import Controls Bureau Authorizes export the PW610F Engine to Russia

It is rare for news to hit the news-wire about Canada's Export and Import Controls Bureau, which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade issuing an export permit.  However, recently it became...

Why Conduct Export Controls Due Diligence in an M&A Transaction?

Here is a story off the Media-Newswire that provides the answer - An acquiror may assume the liabilities to government agencies for export controls violations from a target.  Due diligence is required in order to be aware of...

WARNING! Potential Anti-Counterfeiting Agreement Put Everyone's Privacy at Risk

An article in the May 24, 2008 issue of Canada's National Post (page 2) takes laptop searches and PDA searches to a new higher level that should terrify everyone (except maybe the lobbyists for Hollywood and the music...

Canada's Supreme Court Orders Release of Interrogation Documents of Canadian at Gitmo

Today the Supreme Court of Canada issued a ground-breaking ruling in Canada (Justice) v. Khadr.

Omar Khadr is accused of killing a U.S. soldier in Iraq.  He was injured in the same fire-fight.  He was treated for his...

Report on NAFTA-gate Clears PMO and Canadian Embassy

Canadian politics are, at time, softer than U.S. politics.  The report on the NAFTA-gate investigation is likely one of those softer and gentler cases.

In February 2008, a chain of events started with a comment at the...

More Mandatory U.S. Security Requirements for Imported Containers

A voluntary requirement for bolt seals on inbound containers into the United States is becoming mandatory on October 15, 2008.

My first reaction (being communicated thanks to Susan Kohn Ross at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP in...

Canada Announces Proposed Labelling Guidelines for Claims on Food Products as "Made in Canada"

On May 21, 2008, Prime Minister Harper announced that Canada would introduce new food labelling guidelines covering when food products may be labelled as "Made in Canada" or "Product of Canada".  Affected parties may submit...

Canada is Unhappy with Parts of Latest Draft WTO Agriculture Text

On May 21, 2008, Canada's Minister of Agriculture issued a press release voicing some of Canada's concerns with the revised draft modalities for agriculture dated 19 May 2008.  The bottom line is that Canada has various...

Ukraine Joins WTO

On May 16, 2008, Ukraine became the 152nd WTO Member.  On April 16, 2008, the Ukrainian Parliament ratified the accession package and notified the WTO of its acceptance of the membership agreement. On February 5, 2008, the...

Do Bad Customs Facts Make Bad Customs Precedent?

On May 19, 2008, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in United States v. Ressam.  The facts are set out one of the worst case scenarios - Ahmed Ressam attempted to enter the United States with explosives in...

Start Date for Frozen Pork from the EU Import Quotas 2008/2009 - July 3, 2008

On May 8, 2008, Canada's Export and Import Controls Bureau issued Notice 194 "Frozen Pork from the European Union as Specified in the Surtax Order". The purpose of this Notice is to inform importers of the rules and procedures...

Canada's 7th AD/CVD Case Against China - Thermoelectric Containers

On May 15, 2008, the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) initiated Canada's 7th AD/CVD case against goods from China. The goods under investigation are certain thermoelectric coolers and warmers from China.  The Complaint...