301 Breather : Trade Potpourri

Oct 10 04:10 2019 Print This Article

Originally published by the Journal of Commerce in October 2019

As the deadline to file List 3 exclusions requests for goods from China (the 301 investigation) has now expired, there is the opportunity to take a bit of a deep breath and survey the trade landscape. Doing so serves as a reminder, there is much more than “just” the 301 tariffs to be concerned about. Here is a sampling of relevant topics, in no particular order of importance:

More Vigorous Pest Searches: USDA/APHIS and CBP seem to be ratcheting up their inspection of soft wood lumber packing materials, said to be based on risk factors, with the net result that the finding of the presence of pests has increased, even with properly marked wood packing materials. Is the wood not properly treated from the outset? Is the wood being reinfested? Is the challenge the nature of the chemicals with which treatment is permitted? Methyl bromide is not permitted in Europe. Does the infestation come from other cargo in the same hold as your shipment?  The amount of wood and the nature of the commodity in your shipment may make the difference between whether you are permitted to remove the infested wood and clear the goods or are ordered to export the entire shipment.

Read More

About Article Author

Canada-US Blog

This blog is about Canada-United States cross border legal issues. Some of the authors are practicing lawyers and some are law students. This is a forum for discussion that presents an opportunity for law students to contribute and become known to potential employers in this dynamic area of the law.

Related Items

The state of COVID-19 testing

In these unprecedented times, we know that controlling the spread of novel coronavirus requires social distancing and testing. While all of us are doing our parts to stay at home, there’s a lot of confusion, chaos and frustration surrounding coronavirus testing in the US.  Before going further, ...

Security tips for work from home

With many companies moving to work from home (WFH) over the past few weeks, our portfolio company Kobalt (which provides security as a service for small-and mid-sized companies) has been getting a lot of calls from organizations that have had suffered incidents related to remote work. This is not o ...

Version One quarterly news and COVID-19 response

This has been the longest quarter ever. Early January seems like an eternity ago. Countries, communities and households have been turned upside down.  This time of year, we normally provide a portfolio update that highlights the various product launches, accolades and funding announcements from th ...

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 ...

Canada’s Response to the Coronavirus: Better than the US, Worse than EU

How does Canada’s fiscal response to the coronavirus stack up so far relative to the rest of the world? Data compiled by the IMF suggests that the totality of Ottawa’s announced measures rank somewhere in the middle among major western economies. Part of the measurement challenges involve di ...

Canada-U.S. Border to remain closed to non-essential travel until June 21, 2020

Canada has indicated that the Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential travel until June 21, 2020.  “Non-essential” travel includes travel that is considered as tourism or recreational in nature. The restrictions may be extended again.  On March 21, the restrictions on essential ...

Seasonal Residents Entering Canada Must Prepare a List of Personal Effects Prior to Crossing

On May 20, 2020, Prince Edward Island’s Premier, Dennis King, announced that the province will begin the approval process for seasonal residents starting on June 1, 2020. In order to be approved, seasonal residents must show that they are the owners of the residence in P.E.I., and must also guara ...

Gold About To Breakout $1800

It was 2008 and we were in the middle of the Great Financial Crisis.  At the time I was working as a math teacher with a small family.  I was already investing in junior gold miners for 10 years before I took the plunge to go full time into becoming a mining entrepreneur leaving a secured tenure ...

Don’t write an obituary for shipping’s dirtiest fuel

High sulfur fuel oil, once the cheap staple diet of the shipping industry, has been usurped by an abundance of low-cost, premium quality bunker fuel. That’s led to seafarers freezing orders for equipment to remove the sulfur from HSFO and maximizing compliant fuels. But don’t write off shipping ...

Agriculture markets eye normality as countries ease export restrictions

The global food supply chain, as well as demand for agricultural products, faces an unprecedented threat from the coronavirus pandemic. Livelihoods have been destroyed and economies dragged down, while prices of basic foodstuffs soared and countries imposed measures to limit exports and shore up do ...