Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



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...

Canada Introduces Legislative Tools to Freeze Assets of Corrupt Foreign Regimes Located in Canada

On March 3, 2011, Canada's Prime Minister Harper and Justice Minister Nicholson introduced in Canada's House of Commons important new legislation (the Freezing Assets of Corrupt Regimes Act), which will, when passed, provide the...

Risky Business: Doing Business in Failed States and Failing States

The uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya and the actions of the failing regimes have created legal issues for businesses that have established businesses in those failed states and for businesses that wish to continue to do...

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...

Major Drug Routes

In a Presidential Proclamation dated October 29, 2010, President Obama indentified the following countries as major drug transit or illicit drug-producing countries: Afghanistan, the Bahamas, Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica,...

More Significant Anti-Corruption Fines to Follow

OECD Report Released

During an October 2010 webinar hosted by the Journal of Commerce and moderated by Susan Kohn Ross of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, Chuck Duross, Department of Justice (Justice) Deputy Chief, Fraud Section,...

Bill C-300 Needs a Royal Recommendation Before It Can Pass Third Reading

Bill C-300 "An Act respecting Corporate Accountability for the Activities of Mining, Oil and Gas in Developing Countries" requires a royal recommendation before it can pass third reading Canada's House of Commons. This point of...

Bahamas to Start WTO Accession Working Group Meetings

Bahamas News is reporting that on September 14, 2010, the Bahamas negotiating team will participate in the first WTO Working Group meeting in Geneva concerning the accession of the Bahamas to the WTO. See...

Thai Cigarette WTO Report Will Provide Answers About Related Party Transaction Value

There is a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute that has been flying under world radar because it is between two developing countries, the Philippines and Thailand and a "sin product", being cigarettes. "Thailand — Customs and...

Vietnam Files First WTO Dispute Against US Zeroing Practices

On February 1, 2010, Vietnam filed its first dispute with the World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) in respect of United States' antidumping measures against certain frozen and canned warmwater shrimp....

What is "Enlightened Sovereignty"?

In Davos on January 28, 2010, Canada's Prime Minister Harper used the term "enlightened sovereignty" in a speech. He stated:

“But ladies and gentlemen, in that brief parting of the veil, I saw world leadership at its best, a...

What is the Rush? Yemen Reports that Canada and Yemen to Sign Deal Re WTO Accession

According to the Yemen News Agency, representatives from Canada and Yemen met on the week-end and the countries will soon sign a bilateral  agreement concerning Yemen's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). ...

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...

Dinner Trivia: Astronauts Must Go Through Customs & Immigration

Space.com reported last week that 40 years ago, the Apollo 11 astronauts had to go through U.S. Customs upon returning from the moon. Please go to the following link to read the full article -...