Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



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...

New Bills to have an impact on industry

Industry needs to be aware of the progress of two new Bills introduced into Federal Parliament on 23 March 2011 which will have an impact on their operations.

The first Bill is the Customs Amendment (Export Controls and Other...

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...

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...

Canada Taking US Steel to Court Over Alleged Broken Promises Not to Close Stelco Plants

On July 17, 2009, Canada's Industry Minister announced that the Canada filed an application with the Federal Court of Canada asking US Steel to honour the commitments it made when it acquired Hamilton, Ontario-based Stelco. The...

Buy American – Is Backfiring?

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Recovery Act) contains Buy American provisions which are backfiring with our trading partners and causing lots of domestic complications. The Recovery Act holds that so long...

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")...

Launch of the EFIC Global Readiness Index underlines need for Trade Finance

On 20 April 2009, the Australian Government's Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) (see www.efic.gov.au) released it second Global Readiness Index Report (Index) (see www.efic.gov.au/gri/report)

 

The Index...

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...

Risky Business to Invest in Russia

On August 26, 2008, Diane Francis of Canada's Financial Post wrote a great article "Investing in Russia?  Plan to Lose"  that should raise alarm bells for those investing in Russia.  The posting may be found at...

Canada's "Compete to Win" Report Recommends Opening Canada to Foreign Investment

On June 26, 2008, Canada's Competition Policy Review Panel issued its much anticipated "Compete to Win" Report.  The Report was presented to the Minister of Industry who will consider the recommendations.  Foreign...

Ottawa Veto of MDA/Alliant Deal Highlights Need for Trade/Export Controls Due Diligence

On April 10, 2008, the story in the Canadian news was that the Minister of Industry had indicated that he would not approve the sale of assets by between MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (Canadian) to Alliant Techsystems Inc....

My Second Blog Post

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a...

Competition Policy Review Panel Releases Consultation Paper

As part of the 2007 Budget, the Canadian government committed to review Canada's competition and foreign investment policies.  In order to do so, the Canadian government established the Competition Policy Review...