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International Trade
International Trade
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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s trade group is distinguished by its ability to link up with the firm’s top-tier tax practice to provide a fully integrated customs and commodity tax offering. Other strengths include trade treaty disputes, economic sanctions, trade remedies matters and anti-corruption compliance.
The Legal 500: Canada 2019

Operating in a global economy presents a wide range of challenges. Different countries have their own specific rules regulating trade, financing and investment. There are restrictions on imports and exports, customs requirements, tax liabilities, ownership rules and a host of varied circumstances that make international trade and investment particularly complex.

The Blakes International Trade group provides top-quality trade law advice and strategies focused on helping our corporate and government clients achieve their international business objectives.

Public-sector and private-sector clients across industries have retained Blakes on a wide variety of matters, from World Trade Organization (WTO) and investment disputes to customs and sanctions regulations. We also regularly advise on cross-border trade due diligence, export controls, economic sanctions, Canada’s Controlled Goods Program, trade remedies, government procurement, international environmental law, international intellectual property law, international investment law, import controls, interprovincial trade, foreign corruption laws and Cuban-blocking legislation.

Members of our team continue to advise on a possible Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union and Canada's international trade policy.  We have also advised a number of foreign countries on trade regulation and treaty compliance.

Working collaboratively with our Trade Litigation and International Dispute Resolution teams, we represent clients in trade and investment disputes before or involving government departments and administrative agencies, at all levels of Canadian courts and in international arbitrations. Clients also engage us to represent them in connection with disputes before the Canada Border Services Agency, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and North American Free Trade Agreement panels, including customs appeals, antidumping investigations, re-investigations and expiry reviews, enforcement and safeguard proceedings, and other diverse matters.

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Recent Experience
  • DeRonde Tire Supply Inc. in its appeal of a customs duty assessment in which DeRonde successfully demonstrated that its sales of new radial truck tires to Canada qualify for duty-free treatment under NAFTA.

  • A significant producer of petroleum-based products located in the Middle East on consistency with WTO anti-dumping rules to related to its international sales of goods in world markets.

  • A leading sports clothing company on a complex customs valuation audit.

  • A large bath set and area rug producer on NAFTA origin issues on its importation of accent rugs for the Canadian household goods sector.

  • A world leader in designing and manufacturing industrial gas turbines in a single program customs audit involving its compliance with tariff classification rules.

  • POSCO and Dongkuk Steel Mill Co., Ltd., one of the largest integrated steel manufacturers in Korea, in an anti-dumping injury inquiry before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal dealing with hot rolled carbon steel plate.

  • The acquisition of a heavily regulated military goods business, including trade-related due diligence and compliance advice in connection with the Controlled Goods Program under the Defence Production Act, the Export and Import Permits Act, and the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act.

  • A 3D metal primer manufacturer on trade due diligence and trade compliance issues in connection with its C$35-million acquisition, including export controls under the Export and Import Permits Act and a voluntary disclosure to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

  • A global leader in farming and agricultural manufacturing equipment on economic sanctions enacted by Canada unilaterally against Russia pursuant to the Special Economic Measures Act.

  • A leader in the hardware and home improvement industry in the successful appeal of anti-dumping duties brought against it regarding imports of fasteners from China and Chinese Taipei.

  • A Fortune 500 global leader of technology and engineering solutions on customs compliance matters, including making a customs voluntary disclosure to the Canada Border Services Agency.

Awards & Recognition

Members of the Blakes International Trade team are recognized as leaders in the following publications (recent editions) and awards:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business – International Trade/WTO

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business – International Trade/WTO

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – International Trade Regulation and Commodity Tax/Customs

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada –  International Trade Regulation/Commodity Tax/Customs

  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada – Commodity Tax/Customs

  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada – International Trade Regulation

  • The 2014 Lexpert Zenith Awards: – Commodity Tax/Customs

  • Who's Who Legal

  • Who's Who Legal: Trade & Customs

  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada – Trade & Customs

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

  • Legal Media Group’s Guide to Leading Practitioners: China – Energy: International

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada  – International Trade and Finance Law

  • The Legal 500 Canada  – International Trade/WTO