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Carbon border tax & the risk of trade disputes

The European Union announced a series of ambitious plans that has been dubbed as the “European Green Deal.” The goal will be to move Europe and its economy away from fossil fuels over the next nine years and to reduce...

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Changes to customs valuation laws

On June 4, 2021, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) issued a consultation notice in which certain regulatory amendments to customs valuation laws that were being considered. The consultation period opened on June 4, 2021 and closed on July 4,...

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Upholstered domestic seating from Vietnam & China: Antidumping and countervailing duties

Canada on May 5, 2021 imposed provisional duties on upholstered domestic seating (“UDS”) originating or exported from China and Vietnam (“named countries”). UDS originating from China or Vietnam are under investigation by the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) and the...

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Canada sanctions China

Canada imposed sanctions against Chinese officials and a Chinese entity in response to human rights violations in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The sanctions were administered under the Special Economic Measures Act and are effective March 22, 2021. The Special Economic...

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Notice to exporters – Hong Kong

Canada has taken steps in response to the passage of national security legislation for Hong Kong. Exports and transfers of sensitive goods and technology to Hong Kong will now be treated in the same manner as those destined for mainland...

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Importation of medical supplies

Introduction A surge in global demand for emergency health and safety related goods is one of the outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada and its G20 partners are working to ensure the continued free flow of essential...

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Non-resident importers: Tips and traps – Part II

Goods and Services Tax / Harmonized Sales Tax Many imported goods are subject to import taxes such as GST which is levied on many imported goods pursuant to the Excise Tax Act at the rate of 5%.  Many non-resident importers...

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Non-resident importers: Tips and traps – Part I

Import Scenario One: Non-resident Importer with No Permanent Establishment – Prior Sales Agreement Each year the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) targets non-resident importers for verifications.  And each year, a significant number of those non-resident importers have difficulty showing that...

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Customs Verifications (Audits): Planning To Succeed[1] – Part II

The process of handling a customs verification can be an extraordinarily difficult undertaking for the uninitiated. Part I of this bulletin outlined how to prepare for a verification, what the government is looking for, the primary considerations for company counsel,...

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