Areas of Practice - Customs & International Trade

Canada continues to negotiate and enter into extensive bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, opening up new potential markets with its trading partners. These developments present significant opportunities. However, the rules and regulations governing imports and exports are complex, and in a constant state of transition. Full compliance is essential to avoid significant monetary penalties and civil or criminal liability. Our clients in this area of practice include domestic and foreign manufacturers, importers, exporters, customs brokers, carriers, warehouse operators, and their insurers. They rely on our experienced lawyers to provide timely and practical advice regarding a broad range of key issues, including:

  • Administrative Monetary Penalties
  • Advance Commercial Information (eManifest)
  • Advance Rulings for Tariff Classification
  • Anti-Dumping and Countervailing (SIMA)
  • Bonded and Sufferance Warehouses
  • CANPASS
  • Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)
  • Combatting Counterfeit Products (Intellectual Property Rights)
  • Commercial Drivers Registration Program
  • Customs Brokerage Contracts and Disputes
  • Customs Duty Relief
  • Customs Self-Assessment (CSA, and CSA-Platinum)
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Free and Secure Trade (FAST)
  • Importing and Exporting Commercial Goods
  • Import and Export Controls
  • In Transit Shipments
  • Integrated Cargo Security Strategy
  • International Trade Agreements
  • Partners In Protection
  • Rules of Origin
  • Seizures and Ascertained Forfeitures
  • Temporary Importations
  • Trade Compliance Verification
  • Trade Incentive Programs
  • Value for duty
  • WTO and NAFTA Disputes

Our lawyers go to great lengths to help our clients understand and mitigate, as effectively as possible, the risks and liabilities that are inherent in connection with international trade and the movement of goods and services across the Canadian border. Nonetheless, disputes may arise from time to time and, when they do, our firm is well positioned to assist, with seasoned regulatory lawyers, commercial litigators, mediators and arbitrators. Members of our firm have represented clients at all levels of the Canada Border Services Agency, before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal.