NAFTA Negotiations to Begin August 16 in Washington D.C.

It was announced that formal negotiations regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will begin on August 16th in Washington, D.C. The countries involved, the United States, Canada and Mexico, are expected to hold at least seven negotiating rounds in an effort to update the 22 year old tri-lateral agreement. The United States recently…

CETA UPDATE: Exporter Origin Declaration requirements

There appears to be considerable misunderstandings as to how an importer can take advantage of CETA duty free rates.  CETA regulations require an exporter’s origin declaration on the invoice and not a certificate of origin.  In fact, the latter animal does not exist. Specifically, the CETA regulations – as supported by recent CBSA commentary to the trade…

Canada and South Korea Free Trade Agreement – Who Benefits?

Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and South Korean President Park Geun-hye signed a landmark free trade agreement between the two countries. The agreement marked the end of a ten-year process and the first such free trade deal for Canada with an Asian country. South Korea isn’t a new market for Canadians, it’s currently…