Freight & Shipping

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 ...

March 27, 2020

So the markets did not have a nice time today: Canada’s main stock market resumed its slide after a three-day winning run as investors grew more nervous about the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and the Bank of Canada slashed interest rates to nearly zero. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S ...

Asia’s Morning: Big Bazooka’s Everywhere

Central Banks around the world appear to be about to deploy more large calibre monetary weaponry than an NRA convention. Both the Federal Reserve and Reserve Bank of New Zealand have enacted emergency rate cuts overnight. The actions of the Fed cutting the fed funds rate by 100bps to 0.0-0.25%, wi ...

Are all-weather tires a safe substitute for dedicated winter tires?

Q. I am an employee safety representative in the Atlantic provinces. My company runs a fleet that covers multiple provinces including Quebec. Because, by law, vehicles in Quebec have to be fitted with winter tires from December 1 to March 15, the company has been using the Goodyear Wrangler Dura Tr ...

Tech Talk for Friday February 21st 2020

Pre-opening Comments for Friday February 21st U.S. equity index futures were lower this morning. S&P 500 futures were down 12 points in pre-opening trade. Index futures were virtually unchanged following release of January Existing Home Sales at 8:30 AM EST. Consensus was a decline to 5.48 million ...

Commodities Weekly: Gold at two-week high on virus fears

  The virility and spread of the CoVid-19 virus are overcoming both data and testimony from Fed Chairman Powell suggesting the US economy is performing well, pulling US equities from record highs and boosting gold’s safe haven status. Oil prices are higher, focusing on the US economic prospects ...

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 ...

Assessing the market impact of the Wuhan coronavirus

The outbreak of novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China, and in pockets around the world has garnered significant public concern, and the global financial market is on edge. We have received numerous questions about the potential impact to investors and how the economic effects of the coronavirus might c ...

Virus Worries Weighed On Stocks As REITs, Bonds Rose Last Week

China’s spreading coronavirus took a bite out of risk assets late last week, inducing a run into safe havens. US real estate investment trusts (REITs) and US bonds posted gains for the trading week through Friday, Jan. 24. Meanwhile, stocks and commodities took a hit, based on a set of exchange ...