Apparel

Remission Order Allows for the Relief of Customs Duty for Eligible PPE & Medical Goods

On May 6, 2020, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) published Customs Notice 20-19 to provide information for Certain Goods Remission Order (COVID-19), SOR-2020-101 (“Remission Order”) under the Customs Tariff.  In order to help the fight against COVID-19, the Remission Order all ...

Refer to the CBSA’s New CUSMA Page for Implementation News

The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) has created a new dedicated Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (“CUMSA”) web-page on which implementation information will be posted to assist importers and exporters. CUSMA / USMCA / NAFTA 2.0 is scheduled to enter into force on July 1, 2020 an ...

April 1, 2020

Well, now that the horrors of March are done with, I’m sure we’re all very happy to start off a bright and shiny new … well, never mind: Faced with grim new projections of the potential scale and economic ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic, investors dumped stocks on Wednesday. The ...

February 19, 2020

How about that Canadian inflation, eh?: The annual pace of inflation jumped last month to 2.4 per cent, its fastest rate in almost two years, fuelled by higher costs at the gas pump, pricey tomatoes and a rare surge in clothing costs.…Much of the bump came as concerns about events in the Middle E ...

Walmart Rewards Mastercard alternatives: the 9 best Walmart credit cards

The mega-retailer Walmart has grown considerably over the years, from its humble origins as a small store in 1960s Arkansas to the worldwide chain it is today. The company’s Canadian history started in 1994, beginning with the acquisition of 122 Woolco stores. A lot has changed in the past 25 yea ...

That Was the Month That Was!

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in February 2020 In the early 1960’s, there was a televisions show called “That Was the Week That Was!” While it was intended as a satire, the events of the last month or so have been breathtaking, focusing, as we do, even on just on trade issue ...

E-Commerce and Counterfeit Goods

On January 31, 2020, President Trump issued Executive Order 13904 (“EO”) entitled “Ensuring Safe & Lawful E-Commerce for US Consumers, Businesses, Government Supply Chains, and Intellectual Property Rights.” It begins by stating that e-commerce is “being  exploited by traffickers to intr ...

Canadian Tire Credit Cards: We Break Down the Triangle Rewards Program and Triangle Mastercards

If you’re Canadian, chances are you’ve shopped at Canadian Tire. The retailer, established nearly 100 years ago to sell tires, has steadily expanded into a one-stop shop for everything home, automotive and outdoors, which means customers can find everything from patio furniture to hockey equipm ...

Spinoffs & Takeovers Hotline – Friday, January 24, 2020

GAP INC., $17.66, symbol GPS on New York, is a multi-brand apparel retailer based in San Francisco. It owns Old Navy, The Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta, Intermix and Hill City. In May 2019, the company told investors that it would spin off its Old Navy brand. Its remaining brands would stay with Ga ...

Thoughtful Giving: 6 Generous Gift Ideas That Aren’t Things

If you’ve ever visited a mall in the days leading up to December 25th, you know how intense the holiday shopping season can be.  One third of all Canadians say the holiday season is more stressful now than it was five years ago—the main reasons being overcrowded stores, pricier gifts, and the ...