Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT – THE UK INQUISITION

Australian companies trading overseas face a variety of regulation which governs their operation.  That regulation includes the following:

Australian laws governing trade in Australia;Australian laws governing trade...

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...

Trade Symposium – So Let’s Change the Process?

During the two days of the Customs and Border Protection Trade Symposium, we heard from a number of high level Customs managers, including Alan Bersin, Commissioner, and David Aguilar, Deputy Commissioner. Their message in a...

Intellectual property pirates to face new border controls

Over time we have provided various updates on the rights of holders of intellectual property to seize goods at the border arising out of alleged breaches of copyright or trademark legislation.  Those holding intellectual...

The door is not closed on container detention fee issues

The issue of container detention fees remains a real problem for freight forwarders, customs brokers and importers.  It has certainly been the subject of many presentations and questions at CBFCA State Conventions and Member...

New Bills to have an impact on industry

Industry needs to be aware of the progress of two new Bills introduced into Federal Parliament on 23 March 2011 which will have an impact on their operations.

The first Bill is the Customs Amendment (Export Controls and Other...

The rights and liabilities of the unknowing Consignee

Introduction

 

There has been significant debate and discussion about the right and liabilities of parties to shipping contracts for container detention or damage charges.  In the majority of cases, the parties involved are...

New US food controls create additional issues for Australian food exporters

Introduction

 

The level of food safety regulation in the United States ("US") has risen over recent years as US governments have sought to protect the safety of food consumed in the United States.  According to the US Food...

Customs proposing new regulation of exports, depots and warehouses

By way of Australian Customs and Border Protection Notice No. 2011/04 ("Notice") and subsequent announcement on its website, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service ("Customs") sought feedback from industry on the...

Sad SAC's low-value imports and the future of Australian retailing

Introduction

On 18 December 2010, the Assistant Treasurer, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, the Minister for Home Affairs & Justice and the Minister for Small Business issued a joint media...

Expiration of the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA) and Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA).

Customs has circulated a notice which states ATPA and ATPDEA "will expire on February 12, 2011, although there is currently Congressional discussion to extend these programs. If the programs expire, importers will be required to...

Canada's Auto Industry & Auto Parts Industry Concerned About Korea FTA

On February 18, 2011, Canada's auto industry met with Canada's Industry Minister about the Canada-Korea FTA negotiations. The meeting included representatives from five automobile manufacturers in Canada and representatives from...

Is the Auto Parts Industry a Target of NAFTA Verifications?

From what we are seeing, the answer is "yes". During the economic/financial crisis of 2008-2010, the Governments of the United States and Canada requested that the automobile industry (OEMs) cut costs. In response (and to be...

Canada Is Negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with Honduras

On February 11, 2011, Canada's Minister of International Trade announced that Canada is pursuing free trade agreement negotiations with Honduras. Canada and Honduras agreed to pursue bilateral negotiations toward a free trade...

Are Canada and the Unitd States "Going it Alone" to Enhance NAFTA?

On February 4, 2011, Prime Minister Harper and President Obama plan to make an announcement (so we are told by The Globe & Mail) concerning the creation of a high level working group on border security and regulatory convergence....

Canada and Morocco Commence Free Trade Agreement Negotiations

On January 27, 2011, Prime Minister Harper announced that Canada has launched free trade negotiations with Morocco. A formal announcement has been posted on the Prime Minister's web-site. The news release states:

Prime Minister...