Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



Canada Border Services Agency Publishes List of Partners in Protection Members

On October 25, 2008, the Canada Border Services Agency published the following list of companies who have been approved for the Partners in Protection program (like C-TPAT) and have given permission for their names to be...

U.S. Court Rules that Customs Can Search Letters

The latest news about the ability of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to engage in search activities should cause travelers and senders of documents concern.  Courthouse News Service reports that "The 9th Circuit upheld the...

Canada's EDC to Voluntarily Disclose Audit Reports

(OTTAWA) – October 20, 2008 – Export Development Canada (EDC) today announced that it has begun proactively disclosing internal audit reports through its public website. EDC is the first federal parent Crown Corporation* to...

Canada Border Services Agency Issues D-Memo of Wood Flooring

On October 17, 2008, the Canada Border Servcies Agency issued D-Memorandum D-10-14-55 "Tariff Classification of Wood Flooring Products" - see - www.cbsa.gc.ca/publications/dm-md/d10/d10-14-55-eng.pdf

The CBSa...

In June 2008, EU Lifted Cuba Sanctions

On June 23, 2008, the European Union lifted sanctions against Cuba.  Spain's Prime Minister played a key in persuading the European Union to lift diplomatic sanctions against Cuba.  EU External Relations Commissioner...

Canada - EU Free Trade Negotiations Begin --- But There Will be Obstacles to A Successful Conclusion

On October 17, 2008, during the Canada-EU summit in Quebec City, Quebec, Prime Minister Harper and President Nicholas Sarkozy of France confirmed that Canada and the EU would start to explore a free trade agreement (or possibly...

Ontario Finance Minister's Speech October 16, 2008

On October 16, 2008, The Hon. Dwight Duncan delivrred the following speech to the Canadian Club:

Good morning everyone, and thank you for joining us today. It’s an honour and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to address the...

EU Signs Economic Partnership Agreement with Cariforum

On October 15, 2008, the European Union signed an economic partnership agreement with the Cariforum Group of Nations (Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana,...

Tips for Jewelled Cultures on Getting Through Canada Customs

I recently spoke to a lawyer from a South Asian culture about how she is directed to a secondary screening every time she returns to Canada from a business trip or holidays.  She is from a culture where women and men wear...

Germany Arrests Its Own Spy for Activities with Iran

The true story is probably yet to be reported and possibly the movie will follow.  On October 17, 2008, the Canadian National Post newspaper printed an article about a Canadian - Iranian citizen who was arrested in...

Are U.S. Manufacturers and Importers Paying for the Bailout?

Timing is everything.  As a Canadian lawyer, I must question whether the change in enforcement procedures announced by the United States Customs and Border Protection (U.S. CBP), which are effective on October 17, 2008,...

What Does a Harper Minority Government Mean for Free Trade?

On October 14, 2008, the Conservative Party of Canada won 143 seats (subject to change upon a few recounts in tight ridings) and Prime Minister Harper won a stronger minority government.  A minority government can be...

Roy McLaren Writes About Potential Canada - EU Trade Deal

October 14, 2008, Canada's Globe & Mail newspaper published an editorial written by the Honourable Roy McLaren (who is a former Canadian Minister of International Trade).  The Article can be retrieved at the following link -...

Guest Post on Auto Lemon Laws

When Car Troubles Become Lemon Troubles

By Sergei Lemberg

 

There are few things more frustrating in life than not having a car you can depend on. After all, you need your vehicle to get to work, to take the kids to school and...

Canada-CARICOM FTA Negotiations - A Solution For Winter Blues

The Government of Jamaica has made the announcement below on their web-site.  This is good news for Canadian negotiators who are watching winter arrive in Canada.  To be clear, it is Jamaica and not Canada who are...

Changes to Lacey Act Impose Substantial Reporting Requirements on Goods Made of Wood

I cannot tell if this yet another jab at Canadian softwood lumber exporters hidden under many layers of wood products. 

The June 2008 Farm Bill includes amendments to the Lacey Act.  Since the dawn of time, the Lacey...