Stikeman Elliott’s international trade lawyers provide importers, producers, exporters, and investors with dynamic, responsive advice as they navigate the complex world of international trade law. Our multi-disciplinary team brings a pragmatic approach that focuses on triaging the issues, enabling the client’s immediate objectives to be pursued while obtaining a resolution of regulatory issues.

We excel at dealing with the complex regulatory matters that arise in fast-moving commercial transactions and have considerable expertise in Canadian federal laws governing international trade, including customs, trade remedies, export and import controls, dispute resolution, and international trade agreements, as well as extensive experience in government relations and legislative affairs. Members of our International Trade Group have long-standing relationships with the Canada Border Services Agency, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Canada Revenue Agency and the provincial tax authorities, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, NAFTA arbitration panels, the WTO, and other trade regulators and dispute resolution bodies.

Lawyers in our International Trade Law Group are often involved with customs and trade audits of clients, and have extensive experience managing these audits, and resolving any issues in the client’s favour at the audit stage. Where necessary, we also represent clients before the Canada Border Services Agency and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, WTO, NAFTA arbitration panels, as well as appeals to the Federal Court of Appeal.

Our Expertise

  • Anti-corruption
  • Bilateral investment treaties
  • Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
  • Controlled goods
  • Customs law and commodity tax law    
  • Dumping and countervailing duties
  • Economic sanctions
  • Energy trading
  • Excise tax
  • Export and import controls
  • Foreign corrupt practices / Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act
  • Goods and Services Tax
  • Government procurement
  • Government relations and legislative affairs
  • Indirect tax
  • Internal investigations
  • NAFTA
  • Nuclear non-proliferation import and export control regulations
  • Special Import Measures Act
  • Tariff classification and rate quotas
  • Trade remedies
  • Transfer pricing
  • Valuations
  • Voluntary disclosures
  • WTO agreements