Greg Kanargelidis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4306

Greg is the Practice Group Leader of the International Trade group. His practice embraces all areas of international trade, customs and commodity tax.

Greg regularly represents clients with respect to cross-border trade and investment issues, including compliance with international agreements (such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, the World Trade Organization and its various agreements), other bilateral and regional trade and investment agreements, export controls, sanctions, export/import licences, and procurement disputes.

He also has considerable experience in representing Canadian and foreign clients in trade remedy matters, including antidumping and anti-subsidy investigations.

Another significant area of Greg's practice involves advising clients on all aspects of customs law, including planning and compliance with respect to all aspects of the importation and exportation of goods and services, such as tariff classification, customs valuation, rules of origin, export and import controls, marking rules, seizures and ascertained forfeitures, administrative monetary penalties, and voluntary disclosures.

He also advises clients with respect to federal and provincial commodity taxes, including but not limited to the goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax, Quebec sales tax, and other federal and provincial excise duties and taxes.


Customs Appeals

  • Maples Industries, Inc. (Appeal No. AP-2014-009)
  • De Ronde Tire Supply, Inc. (Appeal No. AP-2011-014)
  • Kwality Imports (Customs Act) (AP-2010-068)
  • Fritz Marketing Inc. v. The President of the Canada Border Services Agency (Appeal No. AP-2005-029)

Dumping Cases

  • Welded Large Diameter Carbon and Alloy Steel Line Pipe (Inquiry No. NQ-2016-001)
  • Certain Fasteners Expiry (Review No. RR-2014-001)
  • Certain Fasteners (LE-2013-003)
  • Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Plate (Inquiry No. NQ-2013-005)
  • Galvanized Steel Wire (Inquiry No. NQ-2013-001)
  • Polyiso Insulation Board (Inquiry No. NQ-2009-005)
  • Mattress Innerspring Units (Inquiry No. NQ-2009-002)
  • Waterproof Footwear (Inquiry No. NQ-2009-001)

NAFTA Binational Panel Reviews

  • Synthetic Baler Twine from U.S.A. (CDA-94-1904-02)
  • Wood Venetian Blinds and Slats from Mexico (CDA-MEX-2004-1904-01)

Federal Court of Appeal

  • Canada (Customs and Revenue Agency) v. M & M Footwear (Court File No. A-339-03 (April 28, 2004)

Greg was named the 2018 and 2016 Toronto "Lawyer of the Year " for International Trade and Finance Law by Best Lawyers. He also received a 2014 Lexpert Zenith Award for excellence and thought leadership in commodity tax/customs. In 2013, he was presented with a Client Choice Award in Trade & Customs - Ontario by International Law Office.

Greg is also recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 (International Trade/WTO)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 (International Trade and Finance Law; Tax Law)

  • Who's Who Legal: Trade & Customs 2017
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2017 (Trade & Customs)

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Commodity Tax/Customs)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 (International Trade Regulation; Commodity Tax/Customs)
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 (International Trade/WTO - Canada)
  • The 2017 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Commodity Tax/Customs; International Trade Regulation)
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2017 (Leading Lawyer - International Trade)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 (International Trade and Finance Law; Tax Law)
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading International Trade and Shipping Lawyers 2017
  • The 2016 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Commodity Tax/Customs)
  • The 2016 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (International Trade Regulation)
  • Who's Who Legal: Trade & Customs 2016
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016 (Trade & Customs)
  • International Tax Review's Indirect Tax Leaders 2016 (5th Edition)
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Blakes Bulletin on Sanctions & Export Controls, April 25, 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on International Trade, October 25, 2016
Co-author: The CETA Saga: Can Final Negotiations Save the Agreement
Pith & Substance, October 25, 2016
Blakes Bulletin on Financial Services Regulatory and International Trade, April 7, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on International Trade, February 18, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on International Trade, February 8, 2016.
Co-author: There's No Place Like Home: CITT Rules Hotels Are Not Domestic Settings
Taxnet Pro Customs & International Trade Newsletter, March, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Corporate & Commercial, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, and International Trade, December 8, 2015.
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Presenter: Legal Considerations of Exporting To and Doing Business in the E.U.
Exporting to the E.U. Workshop, Ontario Investment and Trade Centre, Toronto, Ontario, July 13, 2017.
Panellist: CETA Roundtable
Ireland-Canada Business Summit, Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce, Toronto, Ontario, May 31, 2017.
Panellist: What Lies Ahead for NAFTA: View from Canada, Mexico and the US",
2017 Spring Meeting, Section of International Law, American Bar Association, Washington, D.C., April 28, 2017.
Presenter: International Trade Uncovered - Contents of Major Trade Agreements: An Inside Look at the Content of NAFTA, TPP and CETA
University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington, April 21, 2017.
Presenter: GST/HST Issues for Non-Resident Importers
International Compliance Professionals Association Spring Conference, Miami, Florida, March 13, 2017.
Speaker: The Impact of TPP on NAFTA: Opportunity for Strengthening Ties - or Recipe for Disaster
Section of International Law Program, American Bar Association, Washington, D.C., September 14, 2016.
Presenter: Customs and Trade Law Highlights - Canadian Trade and Customs Developments 2014-2015
2015 Annual Florida Bar Convention, The Florida Bar International Law Section, NAFTA Symposium - Investment & Business Track, Boca Raton, Florida, USA. Paper, June 26, 2015.
Presenter: Federated Press 4th Cross-Border Personal Tax Planning - "4th Cross-Border Personal Tax Planning - Import Duty and Sales Tax Issues for New Residents of Canada"
Federated Press 4th Cross-Border Personal Tax Planning, Toronto, May 27, 2015.
Presenter: Canadian Trademark & Copyright Border Regime
IE Canada Webinar, February 4, 2015
Speaker: Canadian Customs Regulations, Enforcement, and Notable Trends: What Every Trade Compliance Professional Should Know
3rd U.S. Customs Compliance Bootcamp, American Conference Institute, San Francisco, California, December 4, 2014.
Co-chair and Speaker: Import Duty and Sales Tax Issues for Transferees to Canada
8th Tax Planning for the International Client, Federated Press, Toronto November 5-6, 2014.
Panellist: Customs Enforcement Strategies in Civil and Common Law Jurisdiction
2014 Fall Meeting, American Bar Association Section of International Law, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 24, 2014.
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Quoted: Trans-Pacific Partnership salvage talks face a tall order as its 11 nations converge on Canada
Article by Drew Hasselback, Financial Post, May 2, 2017.
Quoted: Are NAFTA and TPP in question with Trump win?
Canadian Lawyer, November 9, 2016
Quoted: Why other countries hate Canada's alcohol laws - Some Canadian laws, practices violate trade law: Lawyers
Embassy, Issue 563, September 16, 2015.
Quoted: The slow, complicated shift to "single window" trade service
Embassy, Issue 560, August 26, 2015.
Quoted: Trade no longer a Canadian "side practice"
Firm-integrated, National Post, March 25, 2015.
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