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Turkey’s “Additional Customs Duties” – Will Medical Devices Be Next?

In 2011, Turkey imposed for the first time “additional customs duties.” These are duties as high as 50% imposed on top of normal customs duties on certain goods entering the Turkish territory. These additional customs...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership Publicly Released, Approval is Next Hurdle

One month after announcing the conclusion of negotiations, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP). The TPP’s 12 partner...more

Focus on Government: Canada’s new cabinet

Yesterday, Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, and the new Liberal cabinet formally assumed its duties after being sworn in at Rideau Hall. This took place after the Governor General accepted...more

Final Trans-Pacific Partnership Text is Released

Yesterday, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office published the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership setting up intense discussions in Congress about the agreement’s provisions on intellectual property, agriculture,...more

FMC Issues Final Rule Regarding Freight Forwarder and NVOCC Requirements

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued its Final Rule in FMC Docket 13-05 on Nov. 3, 2015. The Commission's October vote in favor of issuing the Final Rule concluded a multiyear review and rulemaking that largely...more

Key Policy Initiatives from Canada's New Liberal Government You Need to Anticipate

The Canadian election last week (October 19) produced a new government under Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau. Defying speculation of a minority government, the Liberals won a clear majority, defeating the NDP and Stephen...more

Cuba Libre?

Cuba banned all private enterprise and foreign investment following Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution. For more than 50 years, the U.S. has imposed an almost total embargo on all trade with the largest Caribbean island nation. ...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership Has Challenges, Opportunities for U.S. Companies

The U.S. and its 11 negotiating partners – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam – reached preliminary agreement on October 5, 2015, on the Trans-Pacific...more

President Obama directs key US agencies to prepare for sanctions waivers under the JCPOA

On October 18, 2015, President Obama published a memorandum to the Secretaries of State, the Treasury, Commerce, and Energy instructing them to prepare to implement the US’s commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of...more

Focus on Government: Canadian Federal Election 2015

With polls now closed and the longest federal campaign in recent Canadian political history officially over, a Liberal government is the new reality for Canada. In winning the election, the Liberals become the first...more

The EU’s new trade and investment policy in a nutshell

A new template for future initiatives - On 14 October 2015, the European Commission revealed its long-awaited communication setting out an updated trade and investment policy for the EU, entitled “Trade for all: Towards...more

Mainbrace: October 2015, No. 4

As with the world economy, the shipping markets are currently experiencing a major bout of volatility. The wide range of matters we are handling in our maritime law practice certainly reflects the current swings the shipping...more

[Webinar] India Insights Series: Part 1 - Taking Stock of the Indo-US Partnership - October 21st, 9:00am EDT

The increasing convergence of economic and political interests of India and the US is evident in the growing proximity between the two countries. Return of the US to pre-recession growth levels is mirrored by India’s...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Includes New Investor-State Dispute Settlement Protections

On October 5, 2015, 12 nations comprising 40% of global economic activity announced the conclusion of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The deal promises to provide comprehensive standards for trade and...more

Key Gains for U.S. Agriculture in Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement

The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam – have reached agreement on the landmark Trans-Pacific...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership May Have Far-Reaching Consequences for U.S. Industry

This week, the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries decided the final terms of what they report is a far-reaching agreement (Agreement or TPP Agreement). The 12 TPP countries are Australia, Brunei Darussalam,...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Finalized

On Monday, October 5, an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was reached between the Unites States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations. This historic partnership would potentially link 40 percent of the world’s...more

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement - A 21st century trade agreement with major advantages for Pacific Rim businesses

At a news conference in Ottawa on October 5, 2015, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper praised the TPP as "the largest economic partnership in the history of the world" and "the new gold standard for international trade...more

Cuba Sanctions Relief: Baby Steps Today, But What About Tomorrow?

For more than 50 years, an embargo and related sanctions regime has restricted U.S. businesses and individuals from virtually all economic activity involving Cuba or its nationals. This regime was implemented through a...more

TTIP’s Impact on U.S. and EU Trade Relations

The United States and the European Union (EU) together represent 60 percent of global GDP, 33 percent of world trade in goods and 42 percent of world trade in services. Direct investment in each other’s economies totals more...more

Doing Business in Canada

This Guide provides non-Canadians with an introduction to the laws and regulations that affect the conduct of business in Canada and, in particular, in the province of Ontario. In some cases, this Guide also identifies issues...more

Cuba Sanctions Relief: The Knot Further Loosens

Effective September 21, the U.S. Department of Treasury amended its Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR), providing further Cuba sanctions relief. In a coordinated action, the U.S. Department of Commerce simultaneously...more

[Webinar] How Businesses Can Benefit from the New CANADA / EU Free Trade Agreement - Sept. 17th, 10:00am CST

The Government of Canada and the European Union signed a free trade agreement on September 26th, 2014. Because of its widespread implications and the scope of its implementation, the CANADA / EU Free Trade Agreement...more

US China Trade War — Stock Market Crash, Presidential Trade Politics, Trade Policy, Customs, Antitrust and Securities

The Chinese stock market crash and world- wide effect on stock markets around the World has created a crisis with day to day developments. The World Stock market crash stated on August 24, 2015 and went through to August...more

Trade & Manufacturing - August 2015

Services Take Center Stage in TiSA; Goods Sector Should Applaud - With Congress preoccupied with the debate over whether to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) (so-called "fast track" authority) and the merits of the...more

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