ONTARIO & CANADA CUSTOMS AND TRADE LAWYER

“Free trade is not based on utility but on justice. ”

— Edmund Burke

The firm's managing lawyer has served as counsel to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, a consultant to Global Affairs Canada, and directed particular trade policy issues for Canada at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the United Nations, and the G8/G20. 

We can offer you timely and effective customs and trade law services, including:

  • advice on application and interpretation of legislation - the Customs ActExport and Import Permits Act (Export Control List, Import Control List & Area Control List), Special Economic Measures Act, and United Nations Act;
  • negotiations - permitting, licencing exemptions, advance rulings, advocacy, objections and appeals to the CBSA;
  • Voluntary Disclosure Applications to the CBSA;
  • appeals - to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and Federal Court of Appeal;
  • advice on how to deal with compliance verification - responding to audits, demands for information, inspections, search & seizure, and enquiries by the CBSA.

We assist clients with: 

  • tariff classification and preferences
  • origin determination and valuation for duty
  • free trade agreements and duty relief
  • security programs
  • regulatory compliance
  • foreign corruption laws
  • audits, seizures, forfeitures and penalties.

Results We May be Able to Achieve for You

  • cancellation or reduction of interest and penalties;
  • elimination or reduction of taxes or duties assessed or reassessed;
  • return of seized money or goods;
  • avoidance of charges being laid or successful defence of charges if already charged for criminal prosecutions for smuggling, bribery, or other serious breaches of customs laws.

The Customs & Trade Law Practice Group

Gordon S. Campbell is the firm's Managing Lawyer and leads the firm's Customs and Trade Law practice. He has successfully litigated contentious public law cases up to the level of the Supreme Court of Canada. He holds degrees in International Relations & Economics, Common Law and Civil Law. 

Karen Kernisant assists as a lawyer on customs and trade matters.

Yael Benyair is the lead Law Clerk for Customs & Trade matters. 

They are assisted by a team of other in-house and external lawyers, law clerks and accountants, offering clients the expertise they require for both planning and dispute resolution.