Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



WTO Establishes Panel to Hear Canada's Challenge of South Korean Import Ban on Beef

On August 31, 2009, the WTO agreed to establish a dispute settlement panel to consider Canada's challenge against South Korea's ongoing import ban against Canadian beef.

The establishment of the panel follows more than six years...

U.S. Trade Picture in 2009

I saw this posted on Twitter by @KORUSCoalition:

 

Source is U.S. Census Bureau: Foreign Trade Statistics

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Canadian Companies with U.S. Subsidiaries Need to Watch FCPA Developments

On July 31, 2009, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) issued a notice that it has filed a settled enforcement against Nature’s Sunshine Products Inc. with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act alleging...

ISF Penalty Guidelines Published

As has been widely publicized, Customs has published the penalty guidelines for the Importer Security Filing program. Carrying on its goal of getting importers to participate as soon as possible, the first mitigating factor...

TRADE Act Proposed

The Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment Act, TRADE Act, H.R. 3012, mandates review of all international trade agreements currently in force, establishes new standards and requirements for future trade...

Harbor Maintenance Tax Reform Proposed

The HMT currently has a surplus of $4.6 billion. H.R. 3447 proposes to reform the fund by seeking greater expenditures for dredging and deepening the country’s ocean ports as currently only 43.7% of the funding is being...

Proposed Goods Movement Tax Increase

H.R. 2355 has been introduced with the goal of raising funding to support infrastructure projects. By its terms, the bill provides that states will be given yearly grants from the funds raised in proportion to their contribution...

Alcopops legislation finally bubbles through Australian Parliament

Tariff Proposals - Taxation without legislation

Readers would be aware of the long-standing methods adopted by successive Australian Federal Governments to effect changes to rates of excise and customs duties before implementing...

EU Files AD/CVD Case Against Fasteners from India & Malaysia

Bloomberg.com is reporting that the EU has opened antidumping and countervailing duty investigations against Indian and Malaysian manufacturers of stainless steel fasteners. In January, 2009, the EU imposed anti-dumping duties as...

Canada Planning Mandatory Sentencing If Convicted of White Colar Crimwe

On Augsut 13, 2009, Canada's Minister of Justice announced that the Harper government will impose mandatory jail sentences for white-collar crimes such as fraud. If you are interested in reading the Globe & Mail article,...

Canadian Lawyers/Advisors May Be Required to Register With Controlled Goods Directorate If Receive ITAR Technical Data

Lawyers in Canada who receive ITAR-controlled technical data in Canada in connection with contract drafting, due diligence reviews, litigation, etc. may be required to register with Canada's Controlled Goods Directorate...

WTO Panel Decision in China Publications & Audiovisual Case Important

On August 12, 2009, the WTO issued the DSB Panel Decision in DS363 "China — Measures Affecting Trading Rights and Distribution Services for Certain Publications and Audiovisual Entertainment Products". To obtain a copy of the...

The Trouble With Venture Capital

On August 11, 2009, the Financial Post ran an article written by Brad Cherniak of Sapient Capital Partners in Canada entitled "The trouble with venture capital: Problem is not too little money but too much". It is a great article...

Canadian International Trade Tribunal Gives Notice of Future Expiry Review of Laminate Flooring Order

On August 11, 2009, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (the Tribunal) gave notice, pursuant to subsection 76.03(2) of the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA), that its finding made on June 16, 2005, in Inquiry No....

EU Initiates Antidumping Case Against Steel Cable from South Korea and Malaysia

On August 12, 2009, the EU initiated an anti-dumping investigation into allegedly dumped Chinese steel cable allegedly transshipped via South Korea and Malaysia and/or entering the EU as a result of source-switching. Last month...

EU Starts Antidumping Case Against Sodium Gluconate from China

On August 11, 2009, the  initiated an anti-dumping investigation against imports from China of sodium gluconate, which is an industrial chemical mainly used to clean metal and glass.

The complaint was filed by the...