With a leading team of International Trade lawyers, Blakes is the firm of choice for companies across industries seeking export control and sanctions advice. We regularly advise clients on the full range of export controls and sanctions matters pursuant to the Export and Import Permits Act, United Nations Act and the Special Economic Measures Act. Our expertise includes providing advice on the applicability of export control and sanctions legislation, obtaining permits and exemptions where applicable, limiting licence requirements or reducing sanctions, facilitating disclosures, responding to government requests for additional information, obtaining a speedy resolution in instances where goods are detained at the border and representing clients in instances of prosecution. In addition, we have regularly assisted clients with developing and implementing export control and trade sanctions compliance programs.
We frequently work with clients in a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, defence, information technology, oil and gas, software, and telecommunications, which are particularly vulnerable to regulation.
Clients rely on Blakes throughout their business life cycle to assist them with registrations, identification and classification of controlled assets, export licence applications, due diligence, copyright and other intellectual property issues resulting from regulation, and the negotiation of export control-compliant trade agreements as well as other transactions involving entities or countries subject to economic sanctions, export controls and other trade regulation.
Blakes litigators have represented clients at all levels within the Canada Border Services Agency, as well as before the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Tribunal, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and the Federal Court of Appeal. We continually monitor export control and sanctions law developments and rulings in order to provide current advice on the challenges our clients face.