Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



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...

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...

GSP and Andean Programs In Trouble

With the end of 2010 came the news that GSP expired. The Andean Trade Preferences Act/Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act has been extended for only six (6) weeks through February 12, 2011, except as relates to Peru...

Common NAFTA Certificate of Origin Mistakes

Many Canadian businesses are not receiving properly completed NAFTA certificates of origin. The purpose of a NAFTA certificate of origin is to provide the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) with information so that the CBSA may...

Canada Border Services Agency Promoting H.S. Tariff Classification Correctness/Compliance on Web-site

I agree with the Canada Border Services Agency that H.S. tariff classification compliance is important. I also know from my experience in helping clients that many Canadian importers have not done the work to ensure that the H.S....

Canadian Government Starts Domestic Approval Process for Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (Again)

On March 10, 2010, Canada's Minister of International Trade, Peter Van Loan, tabled in the House of Commons legislation to implement the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, the Canada-Colombia Agreement on Labour Cooperation...

GSP and ATPA Extension Enacted

The President has now signed into law

H.R. 4282, which, among other things, extends the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA) programs from December 31, 2009, to December 31, 2010. If...

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...

Australian Productivity Commission issues draft Report in Anti-Dumping Inquiry

 

We have previously reported on the Australian Productivity Commission's review of Australia's Anti-Dumping and Counterveiling systems.

On 10 September 2009, the Productivity Commission issue its draft Inquiry Report...

Alcopops legislation finally bubbles through Australian Parliament

Tariff Proposals - Taxation without legislation

Readers would be aware of the long-standing methods adopted by successive Australian Federal Governments to effect changes to rates of excise and customs duties before implementing...

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...

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")...

Alcopops appeal denied in the Australian Federal Court

We have previously reported on the Federal Court case in which Suntory had instituted proceedings to stop the Commonwealth (in the ATO) collecting excise duty on Alcopops at high rates based on the Tariff Proposals...

Australian Unions push for a "Buy Australian" plan for the steel industry

On 17 April 2009, the Australian Workers Union (AWU) released a 10 point Plan which would entail the Australian Federal Government assisting to save the Australian steel industry through Government purchasing, loan guarantees,...

Good News for Trade Lawyers in Conservative Platform

One week before the Canadian federal election, Prime Minister Harper and the Conservative Party revealed their platform.  The following promises would be interesting from a trade perspective:

- Increased Trade with Emerging...