Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



My Predictions for 2011

You do not need be a psychic to make predictions. I have been watching the trends in the new trade laws and cases. The trends are:

A. Accountability - Following the law is not a suggestion - individuals and partnerships will be...

A Few of Obstacles Re Canada-EU CETA Negotiations Re Government Procurement Chapter

The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will be under the microscope during the week of January 17-21, 2011 as the sixth rounds of negotiations take place in Brussels. One of the difficult...

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak Appeared on The Agenda With Steve Paikin

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak joined guest James Cowan, John Manley, Weran Jiang and Dan Trefler on The Agenda With Steve Paikin on October 5, 2010 -

www.tvo.org/cfmx/tvoorg/theagenda/index.cfm

The Topic was...

Buy American Update

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Recovery Act) has caused a lot of consternation and hand-wringing by American companies and our trading partners because of its Buy American provisions, but is that concern...

Canada and United States Tentative Agreement on Buy North American Should Be Reason for “Cautious Optimism”

On February 5, 2010, Canada’s Minister of International Trade (Peter Van Loan) and the United States Trade Representative (Ron Kirk) issued a joint statement on Canada-United States government procurement.  This tentative...

Canada and United States: Friends & Trading Partners Agreeing To Renew Vows

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said on February 4, 2010 that "the United States is committed to a rules-based trading system where the American people - and the Congress - can feel confident that when we sign an agreement...

United States Moving Towards Country of Origin Labeling on Fuel

Representative Bruce Braley, D- Iowa has sponsored HR 4512 in the United States House of Representatives, legislation that ultimately requires country of origin labelling on fuel.

Section 3 of the "Country-of-Origin Labeling...

What Are the World Leaders Promoting: Trade or Protectionism?

The National Post contains a great post by Terence Corcoran entitled "The loopy Obama-Sarkozy axis of trade".  He is right on point. Corcoran observes "on trade issues that [Obama and Sarkozy] promoted ideas that...

The American Meat Institute Says Not COOL & Supports Canada & Mexico in the COOL Trade Dispute

Food Safety News reports that the American Meat Institute (AMI) is supporting Canada and Mexico in the dispute concerning the United States 2008 Farm Bill country of origin labelling (COOL) rules. The report indicates that the...

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...

Canadian Provincial Premiers Sing With One Voice Against Buy America Protectionism

The Canadian provincial and territorial premiers have been meeting in Canada.  They have discussed U.S. Buy America protectionism policies and have united to give approval to Prime Minister Harper to talk tough with...

Australian Government announces new steel plan

Our post of 17 June 2009 drew attention to the issue of Australian Customs' Notice No. 2009/25 ("ACN") by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service ("Customs") and the impending close attention by Customs to the use of...

Foreign Companies Need Not Submit RFP on U.S. Stimulus Projects

I received the article below from Jane Moffat from McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP. Credit also needs to be given to Sara Jerone, the author of the article.

This article highlights a real problem for Canadian companies - the...

EPA Webcasts Communicate "Buy America" Guidelines Okay Ignoring / Shutting Out Companies from NAFTA Partners

I received the article below from Jane Moffat from McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.  Credit also needs to be given to David R. Butcher, the author of the article.

The article is scary to Canadian companies because it clarified...

Buy American - Customs Brokers Beware

For the customs brokers, the current cause célèbre is Buy American. When the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Stimulus Act) was signed into law, much was made in the trade and general press about how it was WTO...