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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 ...

Hanjin’s Fall: From Korea’s Top Shipper to Near Bankruptcy

Once the world’s seventh-largest shipping company, Hanjin Shipping is on the fence and risks falling off the map – quite literally. Despite multiple efforts deployed in a grandiose fashion while under court receivership, the international shipper isn’t seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Documents from the Seoul Central District Court, the body in charge of the court receivership, indicates that according to accounting firm Samil ...

What does a dead TPP mean for Canada?

Canada is a signatory partner in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, just last winter, International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland signed the dotted line during a ceremony held in Auckland, New Zealand, adding Canada’s name to a long list of international partners. But with the arrival of president-elect Trump in the Commander-in-chief’s chair, things don’t seem too clear in regards to the agreement’s future. USA and Japan Leading TPP Nego...

CETA Clears Another Legal Hurdle

If it seems like the Trans-Pacific Partnership is practically dead and buried, Canada can breathe a little easier when it comes to the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Just recently at the end of November, the free trade deal cleared another important hurdle on its way to implementation as the European Parliament rejected a motion put forward to ask the top European Union court to rule on the legality of the agreement....

Trudeau Urged to Strengthen Canada-Mexico Relations

With the upcoming arrival of President-elect Trump in the White House, accompanied with his desire to renegotiate or simply remove the United States from international trade deals; leading experts in U.S.- Canada relations are urging Prime minister Trudeau to strengthen Canada's ties with Mexico. Laura Dawson, director of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington, mentioned in front of the Senate foreigh-affairs committee...