Steel Safeguards: CITT Announces a Product Exclusion Process for Stainless Steel Wire and Heavy Plate

Posted by on May 17, 2019

On May 16, 2019, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) announced that it was initiating a Product Exclusion Review to determine whether any imports of stainless steel wire or heavy plate should be excluded from safeguard measures imposed on imports of these products. Although the CITT will only grant product exclusions in extraordinary circumstances, any interested party that imports or wants to import stainless steel wire or heavy plate into Canada from countries now...

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Canada’s Announced Support for its Steel Producers will hurt Canadian Steel Importers, Manufacturers and End-Users

Posted by on May 10, 2019

Canadian steel importers, and manufacturers and end-users who use imported steel, will be affected by the Government’s latest moves to support Canada’s steel producers because the Government’s actions promise to restrict steel imports and to increase their cost to the detriment of importers, manufacturers and end-users. On April 3, 2019, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) concluded its safeguard inquiry into seven steel products, finding that imports of heavy plate and stainless steel wire...

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Global Perspective on U.S.-China Trade Talks

Posted by on May 7, 2019

Michael Woods was interviewed for an article by U. S. based Corporate Counsel regarding the ongoing U.S. – China trade talks. His comments on the wider implications of the “heavyweight” battle can be seen at this link:...

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Michael Woods Interviewed on the Special Challenges Faced by Trade Negotiators

Posted by on May 2, 2019

Recently Michael Woods was interviewed by the South China Morning Post and asked about the complexities of international trade negotiations in the light of his own GATT and WTO experience.  He was quoted on his experience early in the China GATT/WTO Accession talks. The article is freely available at:...

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Considering International Trade Law – Indigenous Perspectives & Possibilities – March 19th at the University of Ottawa

Posted by on Feb 15, 2019

Michael Woods is scheduled to participate on a panel discussion on Indigenous perspectives and international trade law at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law on March 19, 2019. His participation reflects his ongoing involvement in the field as a member of the executive of the International Inter-tribal Trade and Investment Organization (IITIO) and the Global Affairs Canada Indigenous Working Group which advised the Government on Canada’s international trade agenda.  Michael will be joined...

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New Term for Michael Woods on Algonquin College’s Program Advisory Committee

Posted by on Feb 15, 2019

Michael Woods’ appointment to the Ottawa-based Algonquin College’s Program Advisory Committee (PAC) on  International Business Management has been renewed and he looks forward to serving another two-year term.  He was originally named to the PAC  in 2016. The committee includes leaders from the international trade community, government, academia, and the private sector who advise the College’s faculty designing and defining the continuing development of the College’s International Business Management Programs.  Michael attended the most...

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Woods, LaFortune LLP Chairs Session on Iran Sanction at Toronto Forum on Economic Sanctions Compliance & Enforcement

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018

Michael Woods has been invited to chair a panel on that will examine the implications of the recent divergence  between U.S. sanction regulations on Iran and those of Canada and the European Union as a result of U.S. withdrawal from 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (P5 + 1”). The conference, which is to be held in Toronto from September 24-26, is being organized by the Canadian Institute in collaboration with the American Conference...

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Woods, LaFortune LLP Chairs CBA Webinar on the Intersection of International Trade Law and Aboriginal Law

Posted by on Aug 30, 2018

Michael Woods will serve as chair for the September 12, 2018 Intersection of International Trade Law and Aboriginal Law: Key concepts and recent developments, an upcoming Canadian Bar Association (CBA) webinar that will feature some of Canada’s leading experts in international trade law and aboriginal law. Vital issues including inter-tribal trade and the importance of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) will be examined.  Michael has devoted much time...

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Possible Canadian Safeguard Action Against Steel Imports: Steel Importers, Distributors Consumers and End-Users Should Take Action

Posted by on Aug 16, 2018

Canadian firms that import, distribute, or use steel and Canadian consumers who buy products that contain steel should pay close attention to the Government of Canada’s announcement that it is considering safeguard action, including the possibility of provisional safeguards, against imports of steel plate, concrete reinforcing bar, energy tubular products, hot-rolled sheet, pre-painted steel, stainless steel wire, and wire rod imported from all countries.  In most cases, if safeguard measures are adopted, duties or...

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Steel, Aluminum, and the WTO’s Pandora’s Box – Part IV – More Analysis at Slaw.ca

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018

The Government of Canada has finalized its countermeasures in response to U.S. Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum products: https://www.fin.gc.ca/access/tt-it/cacsap-cmpcaa-1-eng.asp https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/cn-ad/cn18-08-eng.html https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/dm-md/d16/d16-1-1-eng.html Canada also announced support measures for the industries affected by the U.S. tariffs: https://www.canada.ca/en/global-affairs/news/2018/06/support-for-canadian-steel-and-aluminum-workers-and-industry.html In the next few weeks, Michael Woods will be writing a series on the current state of Canada –U.S. trade on Canada’s online legal magazine Slaw.ca. Founded in 2005, Slaw is Canada’s largest co-operative legal publication attracting...

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