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The filing deadline for submitting reports under Canada’s novel Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour Act (the “Act”) passed on May 31, 2024. For companies that missed the May 31 deadline, Public Safety Canada recently confirmed that it is accepting late filed reports. The Act requires all businesses that meet certain operating and financial thresholds to file an annual report to Public Safety Canada describing the steps it has taken during its previous financial…

For the second week of our Annual Compliance Conference, we discussed key trade compliance issues impacting our clients globally. Specifically, we discussed the trade policy response of the US, EU and UK to ever increasing geopolitical disruption, global strategies for handling sanctions regulators and enforcement, and key global sanctions and export controls developments. Trade policy response to geopolitical disruption – China and beyond – Tuesday 7 May Speakers: Tristan Grimmer (Partner, London), Sylwia Lis (Partner,…

Baker McKenzie’s Canadian international trade and customs team is publishing a series of articles reviewing 2023 trade and customs compliance developments and looking ahead to 2024’s burgeoning issues. This article focuses on Canada’s customs regime. There were significant updates to the customs landscape in 2023 as the Canada Border Service’s Agency (CBSA) moved to introduce the next stage of the CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) program, proposed significant amendments to the Valuation For Duty…

2023 has proven to be another dynamic year under the Government of Canada’s trade agenda, which showed no signs of slowing over the summer. From May to August 2023, the Government passed into law novel supply chain transparency legislation and introduced amendments and legislative proposals that are impacting, or will impact, compliance with Canadian customs, export controls, and economic sanctions legislation. Baker McKenzie’s Canadian trade and customs team continues to monitor the following key customs…

The launch of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) project has officially been pushed back from October 2023 to May 2024. The regulatory amendments relating to electronic communication and payment, the provision of financial security electronically, and billing cycles that are necessary to support the launch and use of CARM are still on schedule and are planned to come into force in May 2024. The purpose of CARM is to…

On May 27, 2023 the Canada Border Services Agency (the “CBSA”) introduced amendments (the “Amendments”) to the Valuation for Duty Regulations (the “Regulations”), which will alter existing Canadian customs valuation rules. The Amendments intend to clarify the “sale” used to establish the value for duty under the transaction value method for all goods imported into Canada. Effectively, the Amendments propose a “last sale” approach to customs valuation, which has the potential to increase the declared…

On March 28, the Minister of Finance introduced Budget 2023, aptly titled a “Made-in-Canada Plan”. A key trade-related theme resonates throughout the Budget: futureproofing the Canadian economy to respond to realignment of global trade patterns. Budget 2023 highlights new policy based initiatives and legislative amendments to address: The global race to net-zero economies and “industries of tomorrow”; “Friendshoring” economies to limit dependence on authoritarian regimes for critical goods; Domestic supply chain weaknesses; Forced labour in…

Join us for a webinar on Forced labor developments in Mexico, Canada and the United States on Thursday, March 23, 2023 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central Time. In this webinar, our panelists will discuss Mexico’s implementation of the new Forced Labor Regulation, Canada’s implementation of supply chain transparency legislation, US forced labor enforcement trends, customs forced labor best practices and supply chain due diligence recommendations. Click here to register.

Throughout January and February 2023, Baker McKenzie’s Canadian international trade team is publishing a series of articles focusing on developing Canadian trade compliance issues. This article focuses on developments under Canada’s Free Trade Agreements. Canada continues to face off against its trading partners in disputes arising under its free trade agreements (“FTA”). At the conclusion of 2022, Canada successfully resolved an ongoing dispute concerning the calculation of regional value content (“RVC”) under the USMCA’s automotive…