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NAFTA: USTR Summary of Objectives Released July 17, 2017

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) modernization process advanced on July 17, 2017 with the release by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) of the NAFTA negotiating objectives summary....more

Canada Initiates Consultations with Industry on NAFTA Renegotiation

On June 3, 2017, the Government of Canada (“GOC”) announced in the Canada Gazette that it will undertake an online, domestic consultation process regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canadian...more

Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Dispute: What’s Changed? B.C. Log Export Restrictions (LERS) And NAFTA Implications

The softwood lumber industry is a vital component of the Canadian and American economies. Both countries have been trading lumber since the 1800s. The softwood lumber dispute is one of the longest and most important trade...more

The Worst Kept Secret: Trump Announces Intention to Renegotiate NAFTA

On May 18, 2017, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer announced the Trump Administration’s intention to initiate negotiations with Canada and Mexico regarding the “modernization” of the North...more

Trump Administration Orders Review of US Trade Deficit: How Canadian and American Companies May Be Affected

The first signs came via Donald Trump’s twitter account on the evening of March 30, 2017: “…we can no longer have massive trade deficits and job losses. American companies must be prepared to look at other alternatives.”...more

The Timing and Tempo of "NAFTA Next" - Protecting And Promoting Your Interests During the NAFTA Renegotiation

The United States Government (USG) likely will launch formal renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by the end of March 2017. In a process fittingly described by the former real estate mogul turned...more

Canada to Increase Import Quota for EU Cheese, July 2016

Both Canada and the European Union (EU) are now in the process of ratifying and implementing The Canada and European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Under the terms of CETA, Canada will open for...more

Gypsum Industry Hit with New Canadian Duty Case

On June 8, 2016 the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) initiated an anti-dumping investigation against gypsum board originating in or exported from the USA into Canada. The case was filed by Gypsum Canada Inc. of...more

Canada Acts To Prevent Importation of Counterfeit Goods into Canada

Canada has introduced enhanced border control measures to prevent counterfeit and copyright-infringing goods from being imported into and exported from Canada. Under the previous regime, a rights-holder had to obtain a court...more

Opportunity to reduce import costs into Canada - but you need to act now!

In Budget 2016: Growing the Middle Class, the Government of Canada announced its intention to eliminate tariffs on food manufacturing ingredients, such as those used in the agri-food processing industry, as part of its plan...more

Softwood Lumber, Construction and Building Products Companies in Limbo as U.S. and Canada Attempt to Resolve New Softwood Lumber...

Softwood lumber producers, remanufacturers, construction, building products companies, importers and shippers are waiting to see whether the United States and Canada can work towards heading off another softwood lumber trade...more

Canada Relaxes Iran Sanctions - Making it Easier to do Business with Iran

On February 5, 2016, Canada significantly reduced its unilateral economic sanctions against Iran by introducing amendments (Amendments) to the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations (Iran Regulations). The relaxation...more

WTO COOL Decision puts Congress on the Clock

The World Trade Organization (WTO) issued an arbitration decision in the longstanding Country-of-Origin Labelling (COOL) dispute between Canada, Mexico, and the United States on December 7. The arbitrator determined that...more

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