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Customs, Technical Standards and Domestic Regulation

Tereposky & DeRose advises and represents government entities and private sector clients, including industry associations, large corporations and small and medium-sized businesses, on the full range of customs and regulatory issues arising from cross-border trade.

We have over 30 years of hands-on experience and technical insight to guide you in navigating the resolution of complex customs and regulatory issues.

Our expertise and experience in this area includes:

  • Tariff classification of goods, including formal requests to the CBSA for advance rulings and the assessment of applicable customs duties and taxes
  • Advising and representing clients in requests for re-determination and further re-determination, and appeals to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal
  • Interpretation and application of conditions and requirements for preferential tariff treatment, tariff rate quotas, and other market access provisions in bilateral and regional free trade agreements
  • Determination of origin under the applicable rules of origin and advising on certification requirements
  • Interpretation and application of Canada’s Temporary Importation Program and Duty Deferral Program (including the Duty Drawback Program, the Duties Relief Program and the Customs Bonded Warehouse Program)
  • Advising and representing clients in the CBSA voluntary disclosure process (proactively identifying and correcting inadvertent mistakes in tariff classification, valuation, or origin declarations)
  • The identification of domestic regulations, including technical regulations and standards and any other measures which create barriers to trade, and the development of strategies to reduce or eliminate those barriers
  • Advising and representing clients in matters relating to sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, including compliance with regional trade agreements (e.g., USMCA, CPTPP, CETA) and the WTO SPS Agreement. SPS measures include food safety regulations and agricultural pest and disease controls


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