Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



New Rules in Canada for Stopping Goods Contaminated with Foreign Soil

On January 28, 2011, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) released Customs Notice CN-11-001 "Implementation of the Strengthening of the Canada Border Services Agency's Procedures Respecting the Importation of Goods...

Canada Border Services Agency Inspects Valentines Day Flowers Imports for Hidden "Gifts"

This time every year, millions of flowers are imported into Canada from South America (for example, Ecuador and Colombia). Just like their American counterparts, in the weeks leading up to Valentines Day, the Canada Border...

Tricks of the Trade - Dealing with FDA

Tricks of the Trade – February 10, 2011The Food & Drug Administration and the New Food Safety Law.

Join us to learn the latest developments at the FDA and how the new food safety law will change how you do business.

This...

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...

The ABCs of the Canada-EU CETA Negotiations

This blog posting on the ABCs of the Canada-European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) can be adapted for most free trade agreement negotiations. As the 6th Round Canada-EU CETA negotiations is starting on January...

International Food Safety Standards Setting

In the June 4, 2010 Federal Register at

edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-13403.htm, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service published information about the next meeting of Codex, the WTO’s sanitary and phytosanitary...

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...

TRADE Act Proposed

The Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment Act, TRADE Act, H.R. 3012, mandates review of all international trade agreements currently in force, establishes new standards and requirements for future trade...

Food Safety Bill Passes Major Hurdle

On July 30, 2009, the House of Representatives passed the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009. The proposal went through some revisions as it made its way through the legislative process. The bill will now go to the U.S. Senate...

Canada Requests WTO Panel Against South Korea's Continued Ban of Canadian Beef

On July 9, 2009, Canada's Minister of International Trade / Minister for the Asia-pacific Gateway, Stockwell Day and Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Gerry Ritz, announced that Canada had made its first request for the...

H1N1 World Response as Non-Tariff Barrier?

The Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Committee of the World Trade Organization is looking at the question of whether responses by member countries qualify as non-tariff barriers.

The WTO blurb mentions: Exporting countries...

COOL Cargoes Conference

In March, there was a conference in Portland under the name COOL Cargoes Conference. It was subtitled "Linking up the Cold Chain" and focused on temperature controlled cargo. Its main themes, given that the topic was...

Obama Trade Policy

A high ranking Obama Administration official recently identified the four pillars of Obama's trade policy as the multilateral system, enforcing what was negotiated, free trade agreements, and how well does the trading system work...

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...

Lacey Act Update

On May 22, 2008, the Lacey Act was amended to make it illegal to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase in interstate or foreign commerce, any plant—with limited exceptions—to be taken or traded in...