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Operating in a global economy presents a wide range of challenges. Each country has its own specific rules regulating trade, financing and investment. There are restrictions on imports and exports, customs, tax liabilities, ownership rules and a host of varied circumstances that make international business law particularly complex.

Our International Trade lawyers have extensive backgrounds and experience in all facets of international trade law and provide top-quality advice and strategies to public- and private-sector clients on all aspects of international trade in Canada, including:

  • Duties and taxes payable on imports, customs valuation, tariff classification, rules of origin determination and country of origin marking

  • Customs compliance, administration, dispute resolution and litigation, voluntary disclosures, seizures and forfeitures, verifications, and appeals

  • Customs and trade remedies, including dumping and subsidy investigations, injury proceedings, public interest investigations, expiry reviews and safeguard actions

  • Canada’s interprovincial and international trade agreements

  • Economic sanctions and export controls

  • Controlled goods program

  • Cross-border-trade due diligence

  • Anti-bribery, anti-money laundering and foreign corruption laws

  • Government procurement

  • Investment treaty arbitration

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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