Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



Canada and Greece to Sign Tax Treaty

The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will sign tomorrow the Convention between the Hellenic Republic and Canada for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to...

Can Trade and Climate Change Evolve Harmoneously Together?

On June 26, 2009, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a joint report on trade and climate change which examines the intersections between trade and climate change from four...

Canada's Federal Court of Appeal Makes Interesting Observation About Canada Revenue Agency Publications

I know that certain people at the Canada Revenue Agency (they know who they are) are not going to be happy with me for sharing this statement written by the Federal Court of Appeal.  But, the statement is useful for persons...

Canada's Federal Court of Appeal Determines Certain Investment Management Services Exempt from GST

On April 16, 2009, Canada's Federal Court of Appeal issued a very important decision in Her Majesty the Queen v. The Canadian Medical Protective Association.  Don't let the name of the the respondent fool you, the case does...

Canada and Jordan Sign Free Trade Agreement, Environmental Agreement, Labour Agreement and FIPPA

On June 28, 2009, Canada's International Trade Minister, Stockwell Day, announced that Canada and Jordan have signed a free trade agreement. In addition, Canada and Jordan signed Labour and Environmental Cooperation Agreements...

Canada Border Services Agency Releases D-Memo on Tariff Classificaiton of Certain Articles Using Bluetooth® Technology

On June 16, 2009, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) released D-Memo 10-14-57 "Tariff Classification of Certain Articles Using Bluetooth® Technology".  Before we discuss the contents of the D-Memo, let's discuss why...

Canadian Provinces Asked to Take First Move in Buy America Protectionist Game

It is not really a game - however, some may view the U.S. Buy America in the same light as the games played by North Korea - YES, I actually said that. I said this because the U.S. is seeking concessions from its trading partners...

Drug Bust - Say What!

Customs has an electronic daily digest which often relates stories about drug seizures. However, the latest one falls into the does not pass the smell test category!

Customs has announced the arrest of a 70 year old woman...

WTO Challenge to China by US

As Cyndee noted, the EU and US have brought an action at the WTO seeking to require China to reduce its export tariffs and remove or raise export quotas on yellow phosphorous, antimony, bauxite, coke, fluorspar, indium, magnesium...

H1N1 World Response as Non-Tariff Barrier?

The Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Committee of the World Trade Organization is looking at the question of whether responses by member countries qualify as non-tariff barriers.

The WTO blurb mentions: Exporting countries...

Recent Changes to Canada's Customs Act

On June 23, 2009, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) published information about recent changes to the Customs Act (Canada).  Bill S-2 recently received Royal Assent.

The key amendments allow the CBSA to fully...

Canada Reviewing Export Reporting Systems

On June 12, 2009, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) notified in Customs Notice CN-09-013 "Export Summary Reporting Program Review"; that the CBSA is currently reviewing its Summary Reporting Program. The purpose of this...

Australian Crime Commission shows criminals at docks and airports

A report in "The Age" newspaper today refers to the results of a 3 year investigation by the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) which has uncovered "serious weaknesses" in the security of ports and airports.

The ACC's "Crime in...

Australia Follows Canadian Lead in Bringing an Anti-dumping Case Against Aluminum Extrusions from China

The Australian Customs & Border Protection Service has launched an anti-dumping and countervailing investigation into allegations Chinese producers have been dumping aluminium products in Australia at prices below market value....

Bill C-47 Is Problematic for Lawyers as Currently Drafted

On June 2009, the Canada's Minister of Public Safety introduced Bill C-47 "An Act regulating telecommunication facilities to support investigations" in the House of Commons. To read a copy of Bill C-47, please go to the following...

Canada Implements New Suppression of Terrorism Regulations

On June 18, 2009, Canada's Governor-in Council passed and the Regulations Amending the Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolutions on the Suppression of Terrorism (Miscellaneous Program) entered into force. The...