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NAFTA Renegotiations: Time to Look at Rules of Origin

It’s no news that the Trump administration isn’t crazy in love with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), in fact it’s well-known that one of the first areas of interest for the administration is renegotiating the rules of origin found in the agreement. What are the rules of origin you ask? It’s essentially a technical rule found in the document that states that goods that originate from NAFTA countries are entitled to receive ...

Jobs and Tariffs: The Drywall Saga Continues

Gypsum boards – or drywall – coming in from the United States is now more expensive to buy in Canada. Sheets that once cost $8 are now being sold at approximately $13 a sheet. For contractors and weekend renovators, that amounts to having to pay double the cost for their drywall needs. The price surge is a result of the Canadian trade tribunal’s decision to back tariffs on U.S. drywall. The whole drywall saga started after a dumping comp...

Canada Not in Trump’s Crosshairs says U.S. Economic Adviser

During a meeting held on Monday January 23rd in Calgary, Prime Minister Trudeau in town for a cabinet retreat, met with Stephen Schwarzman, chair of President Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum. M. Schwarzman is also the chief executive of the U.S. investment firm Blackstone Group and was appointed to head Trump's forum last December. The most recent move by President Trump to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), has th...

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...