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Trade Minister Walks out of CETA Talks

It seemed like a done-deal a few days ago, even after a court hearing in Germany’s top court, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA between Canada and the EU was going to be signed later next week by Prime Minister Trudeau during a planned summit with EU leaders. That was before Wallonia stepped in. Paul Magnette, president of the Belgian region of Wallonia indicated that talks regarding the agreement were productive but that ...

Trade Protectionism in Canada: Tools Used by Government

Canada’s Special Import Measures Act (SIMA) could affect your plans to import a new product to Canada. Verifying if the product you want to bring isn’t affected could help you avoid duties which would otherwise have a significant impact on your bottom line. The Act is designed to provide protection to Canadian producers who are being harmed or injured by the dumping or subsidizing of goods imported into Canada. Since its enactment, SIMA ha...

German Court Rejects CETA Blocking Attempt

Flashback a few months ago, Canada’s chief negotiator in the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), was reassuring parliamentarians sitting on the Commons Trade committee that he was confident the deal would go forward and would receive all necessary ratifications from EU members. For a while, Canadian officials and EU members held their breaths as Germany’s Constitutional Court was hearing all sides in th...

Supreme Court Blocks CBSA Over Goalie Gloves

If there’s one thing Canadians take seriously it’s Hockey. When you mix a hot court battle with Hockey, you get an interesting fight between the Canadian Border Services Agency and a sporting goods dealer over imported goalie gloves. Both parties took off their gloves and fought it off in the nation’s top court. Igloo Vikski Inc., a Quebec-based sporting goods dealer challenged a decision by the CBSA to classify goalie gloves as “glove...

Implementation of eManifest starts in November 2016 for Freight Forwarders

Bonded and non-bonded freight forwarders who are responsible for consolidated imports to Canada will now be obligated to hand over advance house bill date for in-bond and in-transit shipments as of November 7, recently announced the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). The Agency has laid out a timeline for the implementation of its plan related to future eManifest requirements for freight forwarders. Step 1: November 7 to January 10, 2017 D...