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...

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...

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...

ICC issues new Incoterms 2010

The International Chamber of Commerce ("ICC") (not to be confused with the International Cricket Council) has now released its new "Incoterms 2010" which will come into effect on 1 January 2011.

Incoterms are an...

Learn the Tricks of the Trade

Join MS+K for this special seminar series presented by Su Ross and designed to give you every advantage in navigating federal trade regulations and agencies while controlling...

Textile/Apparel Compliance Headaches Continue

Originaly Published in the June 2010 JOC Magazine -

Anyone who imports textile or wearing apparel products knows that achieving 100% regulatory compliance has been challenging for both Customs and the trade community. In a...

Reminder: New Competition Bureau "Made in Canada" Marking Guidelines Come Into Effect July 1, 2010

On December 22, 2009, Canada's Competition Bureau published its Enforcement Guidelines on "Product of Canada" and "Made in Canada" Claims.

Please go to the following link to obtain a copy of the FINAL VERSION on the guidelines -...

U.S. Pushes Exports - Is It The Right Move?

The Obama Administration has now articulated the President's vision to expand exports significantly over the next five (5) years. To do so, Mr. Obama has established an Export Promotion Cabinet. He has also brought together...

The ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement to start on 1 January 2010. What should traders be doing now!

Although it has been the subject of some media coverage, we are pleased to provide the following reminder as to the commencement of the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement ("AANZFTA") on 1 January 2010.

The AANZFTA...

Commencement date for Australia - NZ and ASEAN FTA confirmed

According to a media release of 25 October 2009 from the Australian Trade Minister, it has been agreed that the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement will come into force on 1 January 2010 following discussion between...

Statutory Update

President changes GSP rules, plus Chile and Oman FTA updated - see edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-15907.pdf

Project concession to be the subject of close attention by Australian Customs

 

The recent release of Australian Customs Notice No. 2009/25 ("ACN") by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service ("Customs") is a clear warning to those in industry who use the Enhanced Project By-Law Scheme ("EPBS")...

New Development in the COOL Dispute

Earlier this week, we posted a blog article about the renewal of Canada's December 2008 request for consultations at the World Trade Organization regarding the U.S. country of origin labelling of meat.

On May 2, 2009, the World...

Despite Unpopular U.S. Labelling of Swine from Canada, Canada Not to Blame for Swine Flu

Okay, the country of origin labelling rules pre-dated the world attention to swine flu.  However, swine flu will likely exacerbate the ongoing dispute between the United States and Canada over the United States Country Of...