Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



United Steelworkers Are Hypocrites

On March 31, 2009, Canadian Business reported that the United Steelworkers' (USW) Canadian National Director, Ken Neumann, responded to the announcement of the tabling of legislation to implement the Canada-Columbia Free...

Economic Recovery Coming – At What Price?

For the last five (5) years, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have combined to present Pulse of the Ports, described as a peak season forecast. This year's program took place on March 25, 2009 against continuing negative...

Peru Columbia Free Trade

The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today announced that legislation has been introduced in the House of Commons for the free trade agreements (FTAs) Canada...

Ontario to Harmonize Sales Tax with Canada's GST

Later today, the Ontario Government will announce in the Budget that Ontario will harmonize its retail sales tax ("RST") with the federal goods and services tax ("GST") effective July 1, 2010.

The RST is a single stage sales tax...

Another View of the Mexico - U.S. Trade Dispute

The San Francisco Chronicle has writen:

It's not a trade war yet, but there could be one unless Washington backs away from a ban on Mexican trucks crossing the border.

This dispute has the potential to worsen relations between...

The EU and South Korea Postpone Conclusion of FTA

On March 23, 2009, the EU and South Korea announced that they had reached a tentative free trade agreement, but that there are outstanding issue that need to be resolved before the FTA can be signed.  Given the state of...

Mexico Retaliates as U.S. Renegs re NAFTA Trucking Plan

The budget bill that President Obama recently signed included the elimination of funding for the program that allowed Mexican trucks into the U.S. beyond the 25 mile border zone. As soon as the U.S. took that action, Mexico...

Federal Court Enjoins Ports' Clean Air Programs

The American Trucking Association finally got its injunction. On Friday, March 20th, the Ninth Circuit issued its decision in the case the ATA brought against the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. In issuing the decision, the...

Canada's CBSA Issues Letter to Exporters in 4.3 Year Old Fasteners AD/CVD Case

On February 23, 2009, the Canada Border Services Agency issued its revised normal values & subsidy rates and restated its Ministerial Specifications in the Certain Fasteners AD/CVD case, Canada's second AD/CVD case...

Canada-United States Law Institute Conference April 2-4, 2009, Cleveland

An Example of Cooperation and Common Cause:  Enhancing Canada-US Security and Prosperity through the Great Lakes and North American Trade

This conference will assemble 200-250 representatives of the new US...

Canada's Customs Tariff Permits Duty Drawback and Duty Deferral of Some SIMA Duties

Section 97 of the Customs Tariff (Canada) permits antidumping duty and countervailing duty relief in the form of (1) duty drawback (which means duties are paid on importation and subsequently refunded when the goods are...

Canada Signs Trade, Economic Cooperation and Investment Agreement with United Arab Emirates

On March 18, 2009, Canada's Minister of International Trade, the Honourable Stockwell Day, and the United Arab Emirates Minister of Economy, Sultan Saeed Nasser Al Mansoori, signed an agreement on...

Canada Extends MFN Treatment to Goods From Libya

On January 29, 2009, the Most-Favoured-Nation (MFN) tariff treatment was extended to Libya.  As a result, goods originating in Libya that are accounted for pursuant to subsections 32(1), (2) or (5) of the Customs Act on or...

U.S. Stop Work Order For Indian Defense Ship Perplexing

I am confused, perplexed and baffeled by the news that in early March 2009 the U.S. Government woud issue an order to General Electric (GE) to stop work on turbines on a new Indian Navy ship.

As I understand the...

What do traders really think about ISF?

At the recent Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference hosted by the Journal of Commerce in Los Angeles, the panel discussion about ISF (Importer Security Filing or 10 + 2) led to some interesting opinions coming out. The audience was...

Trade War Brewing Between Mexico and the United States

On March 10, 2009, the U.S. Congress cancelled a pilot program that allowed some trucks from Mexico to operate in the United States.  Congress killed the pilot program, which allowed some Mexican trucks to travel long...