Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak
Toronto  416-307-4168 
Fax: 416-366-1719
cyndee(at)cyndee.ca

cyndee(at)langmichener.ca

Call to the Bar Ontario, 1994

Areas of Expertise: China, India, Free Trade Agreements, Bilateral Investment Treaties, World Trade Organization, NAFTA, International & Domestic Trade, Antidumping, Countervailing Duties, Safeguards, Customs Law, Export Controls  and Economic Sanctions, Procurement Bid Challenges, Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Corruption, Global Compliance and Risk Management, Food and Product Safety, International Arbitarion, Commodity and Sales Tax, Tax Litigation, Liquor Licensing, Public Private Partnerships

Sectors: Manufacturing, Import/Export, Purchase Management, Drugs and Medical Devices, Automotive, Hopitality, Financial Services, services, Telecommunications, Software Industry (Sales Tax), Graphic Design Industry, Nursing Homes and Retirement Residences

Canada Post Strike Makes Filing Ontario Retail Sales Tax Appeals and Objections Multi-Step

Subsection 24(3) of the Retail Sales Tax Act (Ontario) (ORSTA) requires that a notice of objection be served on the Minister by sending the notice of objection by registered mail.  Subsection 25(3) of...

Who is Caught By Canada's Economic Sanctions and Trade Restrictions Against Libya?

Canada has imposed wide reaching economic sanctions and trade restrictions against Libya. Canada has two sanctions regimes in place against Libya:

1) Multilateral sanctions as agreed by the United Nations imposed pursuant to the...

Canada Is Likely To Freeze Assets of Libyan Regime (Soon)

On June 14, 2011, the Canadian House of Commons voted to recognize the Libyan rebel government, the National Transitional Council (TNC) as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people.

What this means is that the...

Who is Caught By Canada's Economic Sanctions and Trade Restrictions Against Iran?

Canada has imposed wide reaching economic sanctions and trade restrictions against Iran. Canada has two sanctions regimes in place against Iran:

1) Multilateral sanctions as agreed by the United Nations imposed pursuant to the...

Can a "Purchaser in Canada" for Canadian Customs Purposes Change Status?

Can a "purchaser in Canada" as that term is defined for customs purposes in Canada undergo changes and no longer satisfy the criteria in the Value for Duty Regulations?  Yes

Subsection 48(1) of the Customs Act (Canada)...

The Gloves Come Off: The Canada Border Services Agency Continues to Target Glove Imports

As discussed in my May 28, 2011 blog post entitled "The CBSA's Trade Compliance Post Release Verification Hit List of 2011", the Canada Border Services Agency is targeting gloves for tariff classification and tariff treatment....

Free Trade Agreement Advance Rulings May Help Importers Minimize Assessment Risk

A Canadian business that plans to import goods from one of Canada's free trade agreements partners (United States, Mexico, Chile, Israel, Costa Rica, Peru, Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Switzerland) may ask for an advance...

Canada-EFTA FTA Verifications Are Different Than NAFTA

The Canada - European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Free Trade Agreement (Canada-EFTA FTA) does not follow the NAFTA model for origin verifications. In some respects, the Canada-EFTA FTA model is better for Canadian importers as...

The Canadian Border Services Agency To Look Closely At Stone/Articles of Stone Imports

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is targeting stone and articles of stone in its 2011 national priorities for post-release trade compliance verifications. The H.S. tariff classification code that the CBSA has indicated...

Importers of Tires Into Canada To Come Under CBSA Scrutiny

As far as I know, Canada does not have imminent plans to initiate a China-specific safeguard case against tires from China. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has a different focus. The CBSA has included motor car, bus and...

The Canada Border Services Agency Is Reviewing Imports of Aluminum Goods

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is busy in its role as the enforcer of anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT). On March 19, 2009, the CITT issued an anti-dumping...

Canada Border Services Agency is Juiced to Verify Tariff Classification Compliance of Juice Importers

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is targeting juice in its 2011 national priorities for post-release trade compliance verifications. This is the second year for this verification target because significant non-compliance...

Municipal Textile Shopping Bag Promotions Have Caught the Attention of the Canada Border Services Agency

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is targeting textile bags in its 2011 national priorities for post-release trade compliance verifications. Is this a coincidence or a result of the increase in imports of textile bags due...

The Canadian Border Coppers Are Taking a Closer Look at Copper Importers

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is targeting copper and articles thereof in its 2011 national priorities for post-release trade compliance verifications.  I believe that copper and copper products are being targeted...

Importers of Jewelry Into Canada Should Look Carefully At Valuation

As discussed in my post yesterday about the Canada Border Services Agency's hit list for post-release national priorities verifications (audits), importers of jewelry will be under a microscope in 2011. The CBSA plans to conduct...

The CBSA's Trade Compliance Post-Release Verification Hit List of 2011

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) conducts 4 main types of verifications (audits) in connection with imports of commercial goods:

1. At-the-border Verifications: These verifications occur at the time goods and people pass...