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. (Appeal No. AP-2005-029)

Dumping Cases

  • Certain Fasteners (LE-2019-001)

  • 54-inch Gypsum Board (GB2 2018 IN)

  • Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Plate (RD-2016-002)

  • 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

  • M & M Footwear (Court File No. A-339-03) (April 28, 2004)

Safeguard Inquiries

  • Certain Steel Goods – Exclusions Inquiry Order (GC-2018-001-E1)


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:

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada - 2019-2020 (Commodity Tax/Customs; International Trade Regulation)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2020 (International Trade)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - 2020 (International Trade and Finance Law; Tax Law)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business - 2019-2020 (International Trade/WTO)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 (International Trade/WTO: Canada)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2019 (Leading Lawyer - International Trade)

  • Who's Who Legal: Trade & Customs 2019

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2019 (Trade & Customs)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - 2019 (Commodity Tax/Customs; International Trade Regulation)

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (International Trade Regulation and Commodity Tax/Customs)

  • The 2016 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Commodity Tax/Customs and International Trade Regulation)

  • International Tax Review’s World Tax 2019 – Highly Regarded (Indirect Tax)

  • International Tax Review's Indirect Tax Leaders 2019 (8th Edition)

  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading International Trade and Shipping Lawyers 2017

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Blakes Bulletin on International Trade, May 22, 2019.
Blakes Bulletin on International Trade, June 7, 2018.
Blakes Bulletin on International Trade, March 21, 2018.
Blakes Bulletin on Sanctions & Export Controls, November 7, 2017.
Co-author: A Primer on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement
Canadian Corporate Counsel, Volume 26, Number 8, October 2017.
Author: What CETA means for taxpayers
Interviewed by Salman Shaheen, International Tax Review, September 27, 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on International Trade, September 21, 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on Sanctions & Export Controls, April 25, 2017.
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2019 ICPA Canada Conference, International Compliance Professionals Association, Toronto, Ontario, May 17, 2019.
Presenter: Guide for Importers: Overview of Canada’s Customs Laws
Mongolia-Canada Business Forum, Mongolian Business Association, Toronto, Ontario, April 30, 2019.
Law Society of Ontario 9th In-House Counsel Summit, Toronto, Ontario, February 20, 2019.
2018 ICPA Canada Conference, Toronto, Ontario, May 8, 2018.
2018 ICPA Annual Conference, San Diego, California, March 13, 2018.
The CSCA Canadian SmallSat Symposium 2018, February 13, 2018.
Moderator: Important Changes to Canadian Export Controls: First-Hand Dialogue with Global Affairs Canada and Controlled Goods Directorate
7th Forum on U.S. Export and Re-Export Compliance for Canadian Operations, Toronto, Ontario, January 30-31, 2018.
The John Marshall Law School, Centre for International Law Trade and Compliance Program, Chicago, Illinois, November 14, 2017.
Presenter: Guide for Importers: Overview of Canada’s Customs Laws
Made in Mongolia North American Business Forum and Expo 2017, Mongolian Business Association, Toronto, Ontario, September 27, 2017.
Presenter: Customs Tool Kit for Lawyers: Basics of Importing
Import and Export Operations: The Essential Guide, International Law Program, Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, September 27, 2017.
Presenter: Hot Button Trade Topics – How they affect your business?
FCC Economic Tour, Farm Credit Canada, Brampton, Ontario, September 20, 2017.
Presenter: NAFTA Renegotiations: Tri-Lateral Perspectives on What is Known and What to Expect
Drinker Biddle Webinar, September 19, 2017.
Presenter: A new NAFTA and trade environment – What does it mean for your business?
The ONE National Conference 2017, CPA Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, September 18, 2017.
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.
Co-presenter: CETA and Your Business: Key International Trade and Intellectual Property Legal issues and Opportunities
Blakes Business Class Webinar, Toronto, ON, June 22, 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.
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Quoted: Our friends in the North - Canada focus
WorldECR, Issue 78, April 2019.
Quoted: What if there’s no NAFTA?
Author by Peter Kenter, Canadian Lawyer Magazine, Industry Spotlight, March 5, 2018.
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.
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