Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



What is the Rush? Yemen Reports that Canada and Yemen to Sign Deal Re WTO Accession

According to the Yemen News Agency, representatives from Canada and Yemen met on the week-end and the countries will soon sign a bilateral  agreement concerning Yemen's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). ...

Visitors to Canada With Criminal Convictions May Not Get Past CBSA To See The Olympics

On December 30, 2009, Steve Mertl wrote an article entitled "DUI charge could bar Olympic tourists from entering Canada", which appeared at www.ctvolympics.ca/news-centre/newsid=24271.html.

He makes good points warning...

Canada is Consulting with Stakeholders on Updates to Canada-Switzerland Tax Treaty

Negotiations to update the income tax treaty between Canada and Switzerland will commence the week of February 8, 2010, in Bern. This is a positive development that follows-up on the Canada-European Free Trade Association free...

Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009

Given the expanding concern about the safety of the U.S. food supply, Congress is again taking action to change the rules. From what we have seen so far, those changes are likely to be dramatic and potentially quite costly,...

C-TPAT Suspension and Appeal Process

One of the consistent criticisms of C-TPAT is there are no regulations that clarify what rules and procedures apply to the program. This has been especially troubling when it comes to those companies that are suspended or removed...

Trade Remedy Efforts

Just as the Steelworkers got creative with their use of a 421 proceeding (see

 

With the petroleum wax candles case, we see Commerce asking the public for comment on how to deal with novelty candles, which up until now were...

Deemed Exports

Most companies have little difficulty determining whether or not their goods are subject to an export license. However, it can be far more difficult to interpret the deemed export rule. "Deemed export" is a term recognized by the...

Due Dili- What?

Originally published in the Journal of Commerce -

Customs brokers and importers have long operated under the reasonable care/responsible supervision standards. Exporters and freight forwarders have been required to meet...

2010 – WHAT MAY BE IN STORE?

Originally printed in the Journal of Commerce -

As the new year begins, many trade professionals wonder what is 2010 likely to hold? One can never be sure how events will unfold, but from what we know right now, it will be...

Creating New Law?

In the past, we have commented on the expansion of tools available to federal authorities for the prosecution of export violations. Specifically, 18 U.S.C. § 554 allows prosecution of any individual or entity for...

FDA Expands To Mexico

The FDA has announced the opening of an office in Mexico City to help ensure the safety of food and medical products entering the United States from Mexico. In making the announcement, FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg...

Import Safety Commercial Targeting And Analysis Center

Continuing to ramp-up product safety enforcement, DHS has announced the creation of the Import Safety Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center (CTAC). Modeled after current Customs targeting centers, CTAC is supposed to...

CPSC Further Extends Testing And Certification Deadlines

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has agreed to extend the deadline by which testing and certification of lead content in the substrate of some children’s products must commence, but that does not change the...

GSP and ATPA Extension Enacted

The President has now signed into law

H.R. 4282, which, among other things, extends the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA) programs from December 31, 2009, to December 31, 2010. If...