Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



Another WTO Illegal Move By the United States - Return of Illegal Payments of AD/CVD Duties

On May 29, 2009, the U.S. Journal of Commerce printed an article entitled "U.S. Customs and Border Protection is Accepting 2009 Claims for Antidumping and Countervailing Duties until July 28". To read the article, please go to...

Canadian Manufacturers Can Request Duty Elimination on Imported Inputs

Canadian manufacturers who want to SAVE MONEY may request duty elimination on imported inputs, components, raw materials and other similar goods that they further process into finished goods where they can show that a Canadian...

New Twist in "Buy America" Discussions Between Canada and the United States

I was surprised to read today's on-line National Post and see and article entitled "Bid to kill 'buy U.S.' hinges on provinces". To read the article, please go to the following link -...

The U.S. Are Less Kind When They Hear Talk of Federal Sales Tax

I am hesitant to write about an article I read on www.foxnew.com entitled "National Sales Tax Chatter Draws Fierce Opposition". The article focuses on some very negative emotions in the United States when discussions turn to a...

False NAFTA Certificate of Origin leads to jail time

The Patriot Act contains a provision which allows the U.S. to prosecute for export violations, see 18 U.S.C. 554. Gerardo Cantu was indicted under 46 counts, one each per shipment. Cantu pled guilty to ten (10) counts agreeing...

Australia is Reviewing GST Provisions Relating to Supplies of Financial Services

The Australian Government has announced that it is engaging in consultations and is reviewing the financial supply provisions of the GST with a view to reducing their complexity and introducing more principled rules, while...

Should Canada Follow the Lead of the U.S. or Not?

My friend, Clif Burns, has posted an interesting article on ExportLawBlog entitled "House Committee Passes Export Reform Proposal" concerning the ‘‘Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011". Clif indicates...

Pay Attention to Climate Change Talks - Just Look at the Draft Negotiating Text

Many companies have not been watching the climate change talks under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) because there has been little publicly available information to review....

Is Black Liquid the Next Big Trade Dispute?

On May 21, 2009, Canada Minister of International Trade, Stockwell Day, announced that Canada has been joined by the European Union, Brazil and Chile in protesting to the United States about “black liquor” tax credits that...

Canada Starts Consultations with Interested Parties on Canada-EU FTA

On May 6, 2009, Canada and the European Union (EU) announced the launch of negotiations towards a comprehensive economic agreement.  In order to ensure that Canadian priorities are taken into account during the...

Philippines Raises Important WTO Point of Order - Raising Tariffs to Bound Rate is Okay

In an article entitled "Govt asked to raise taxes on imports to help local firms" (go to the following link - www.gmanews.tv/story/161976/Govt-asked-to-raise-taxes-on-imports-to-help-local-firms), a very important point of...

Good Financial Times OpEd on U.S. Protectionism

I have read a good Financial Times OpEd on U.S. Protectionism that I would like to share - please go to the following link - www.ft.com/cms/s/0/9b42a318-44ab-11de-82d6-00144feabdc0.html

The walls of...

Taiwan Joins WTO Agreement on Government Procurement

On December 9, 2008, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on Government Procurement adopted the accession of Taiwan to the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA). On May 15, 2009, the Legislative Yuan of Taiwan...

Canadian Lawyers Should Be Careful in Providing Advice on Doing Business With Burma / Myanmar

Section 13 of the Special Economic Measures (Burma) Regulations made pursuant to the Special Economic Measures Act (Canada) provides that:

No person in Canada and no Canadian outside Canada shall do anything that causes, assists...

Sales Tax Harmonization Unpopular in Ontario

On May 16, 2009, the Toronto Star published an article entitled "Ontarians already resent harmonized sales tax plan".

They provide the following chart:

 

To read the entire article, pleas ego to the following link -...

Looking Inward - Canada is Prosecuting Two Former CBSA Officials for Smuggling

I was asked why I had not written an article on Trade Lawyers Blog about the former CBSA officials on trial for smuggling.  I did not have a good answer besides believing that this trial represents an isolated...