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Baker McKenzie’s Canadian international trade and customs team is publishing a series of articles reviewing 2023 trade and customs compliance developments and looking ahead to 2024’s burgeoning issues. This article focuses on Canada’s export controls regime. In 2023, we saw enhanced scrutiny at the border, with an uptick in Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) verifications on the control status of exported goods and legislative developments to bring Canada’s export controls regime up to date with…

On January 22, 2024, the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia announced an additional round of coordinated sanctions designations of individuals, entities, and aircraft linked to Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (“PIJ”). This coordinated action builds on recent joint US-UK and unilateral US designations. Our prior blog post on the October 18, 2023 US designations is available here. US Sanctions On January 22, 2024, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”)…

Baker McKenzie’s Canadian international trade and customs team is publishing a series of articles reviewing 2023 trade and customs compliance developments and looking ahead to 2024’s burgeoning issues. This article focuses on Canada’s economic sanctions regime. Canada’s sanctions regime underwent significant legislative amendments in 2023, which expanded the Government’s authority to prohibit certain dealings; meanwhile the Government has yet to publish guidance on its novel legislative provisions, sanctions permit approvals are rare, and there remain…

On February 6, 2024, Canada announced that 11 individuals affiliated with Hamas are sanctioned under the newly enacted Special Economic Measures (Hamas Terrorist Attacks) Regulations (the “Regulations”) in response to the attacks by Hamas in Israel beginning October 7, 2023 and the threat that Hamas and its affiliates pose to Israel and regional security. The sanctions entered into force on February 2, 2024 and are effective immediately. This is the first time Canada has enacted…