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Softwood Lumber Dispute: U.S. Lumber Lobby Launches Petitions

It's the trade issue that keeps on giving: softwood lumber. The U.S. Lumber Coalition has filed petitions with the U.S. International Trade Administration against Canada for Anti-dumping (AD) and Countervailing (CV) relief on importation of various lumber products from Canada. On the government's side, Washington D.C. says it will be launching an investigation to determine whether softwood lumber products were dumped into the American market and ...

In-transit Freight Pilot Program Looking to Expand

For the past year, Canadian and American Customs officials have been observing a pilot program effectively allowing for in-transit shipments through the U.S. By in-transit, the project affects freight that has both a point of origin and destination in Canada but that passes through the United States en route to its final destination. The program started in late May 2016 and was scheduled to wrap up on November 27 of the current year. Plans are...

Low Loonie Equals Opportunities

The heydays of a high Canadian dollar seem so far way; just a few years back, our Loonie was able to creep up to par with its American counterpart. But those days are gone. With yet another week with a golden loon soaring not so high at 75 cents U.S.D., it may not be optimal for buying within Canada but exporters are taking advantage of a lower Canadian dollar. Low exchange rates equals to lower prices and interesting opportunities for U.S. compa...

Top 5 Most Common Mistakes on the NAFTA Certificate of Origin

Information sharing with various government agencies and regulators is part of the import-export business, it's something many businesses feel like they can do with a blindfold on; include some shipping or invoicing data here, throw in the name of the shipper there and the consignee here and then send off the forms. It seems pretty easy and for businesses that do it on a regular basis it truly is routine, but what about the North American Free Tr...

Major Canadian Trade Developments in 2016

Although it seems like 2017 is just around the corner, it’s important to keep in mind that there are a few months still left in 2016 and that so much can happen, in so little time. There are major trade developments that have and will influence Canadian businesses that import or export goods and services. Many of these are the results on discussions and negotiations that have been going on for years and may well be in the implementation and rat...