Contributing Lawyers


Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross


Andrew Hudson

Canada and Japan Agree to Joint Container Security Program

On June 17, 2008, the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today announced that Canada and Japan will be placing border officers at key strategic locations in each other's country by the end of 2008.  This initiative is aimed at increasing marine security while ensuring the smooth flow of legitimate trade.

Under the Container Security Initiative (CSI) partnership, border officers from Japan and Canada will work in each other's country to coordinate the examination of high-risk containers before they leave the foreign port, to share information about any potential security threats and to promote data quality, which will improve each country's overall risk-assessment abilities.

The CSI is a multinational program designed to protect marine trade from terrorism. It builds on the success of other CBSA initiatives and strategies, including using advance information, intelligence, sophisticated data-collection networks and the latest technology.

Canada has similar CSI partnerships with the United States, South Africa and Panama. 

For more information, please contact Cyndee Todgham Cherniak (416-307-4168 /, counsel at Lang Michener LLP in Toronto and Ottawa, Canada.  Cyndee is an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio.  Cyndee is also the chair of the Canadian Bar Association, Sales, Customs and Trade Section, Customs Subcommittee and a vice-chair of the American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Customs Committee. Cyndee recently participated on the American Bar Association, Section of International Law, ILEX trip to Korea and Japan.

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