Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



Lacey Act Deadline Imminent and Covers Wide Range of Products

The 2008 Farm Act changes to the Lacey Act took effect on May 22, 2008. What rapidly caught the attention of the importing community is the requirement for a declaration which must accompany each importation and is mandated to...

EurAsEC Customs Union in the Making - May Affect Exports to Russia and Kazakhstan

Reports are surfacing that Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan are planning to form a customs union in 2010 - called the Eurasian Economic Community.  A customs union has a higher degree of economic integration than a free trade...

Suggestion on What the CAW Can Do to Help the Canadian Auto Industry

There is a lot of talk among trade law specialists about whether payments to the auto industry would result in a WTO illegal subsidy.  IF Canada, China, the EU, Japan, Korea and the United States all bail out their...

Effect of Mumbai Terrorist Attacks on Trade

What is going to be the effect of the November 26, 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India on trade?  The news reports headline that Westerners were targeted in the Mumbai terrorist attacks.  If the 9-11 terrorist...

Wall Street Journal Publishes Article that Should Make Canadians Proud

On November 25, 2008, the Wall Street Journal published the following article about the Canada-Columbia Free Trade Agreement, which should make Canadians chuckle.  It gives us a sense of pride to know that we are doing...

More on the U.S. 10 + 2 Rule

My friend, Larry Friedman of Barnes/Richardson has posted the following blog article at www.customslaw.blogspot.com - he has given us permission to reproduce it.

10 + 2: Back On Topic

By now it is old news that Customs and ...

Canadian Software Company Providing Solution for 10+2 U.S. Requirements

Descartes Systems Group, a global on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions provider, responded to the new U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Importer Security Filing (ISF) "10+2" rule by forming a...

International Court of Arbitration Opens in Hong Kong

The International Court of Arbitration (based in Paris, France) has opened its first Asian office in Hong Kong. The International Court of Arbitration is an institution for the resolution of commercial disputes. Hong Kong as a...

Canadian Exporters of Goods to the U.S. Need to Know 10+2 Requirements

On November 24, 2008, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released its long-awaited interim final rule on the Importer Security Filing, also known as the 10+2 rule.  Starting Jan. 26, 2009 (but with an importers...

UK Company pays $4.2 Million to Settle FCPA Claim

On November 21, 2008, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release indicating that a U.K.-based company, Aibel Group Ltd., agreed to pay $4.2 Million and pled guilty to charges that it had violated the Foreign Corrupt...

Madagascar and South Korea - What does this Relationship Mean for Canada?

Last week, reports surfaced that South Korea's Daewoo Logistics said it had secured rights to plant the corn in western Madagascar and 300,000 hectares of oil palm in the east, with a long-term aim of replacing more than half the...

APEC Leaders Agree To Not Erect Trade Barriers

APEC leaders have agreed not to raise any new trade barriers for the next 12 months, a key goal of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in his discussions here and with other world leaders over the last several weeks.

Harper...

November 25th is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

November 25th is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  Please do your part to help the United Nations reach its goal. The General Assembly has designated 25 November as the...

Australia and Peru Want To Join TransPacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement

Australia and Peru have asked to join the TransPacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement, which is a comprehensive and well-written free trade agreement (or economic partnership agreement) between Singapore, New Zealand,...

I Support Sales Tax Exemptions / Zero-Rating for New Autos

Autos are very expensive to purchase.  Consumers are nervous about the economy and are less likely to go out on a spending spree.  This is a vicious circle for the auto industry because if consumers cannot afford to buy...

Canada Signs Free Trade Agreement with Columbia

On November 21, 2008, Canada and Columbia signed a free trade agreement, an Agreement on Labour Cooperation and an Agreement on Environmental Cooperation.  The free trade agreement was signed as leaders gathers for the Asia...