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In brief

2023 has proven to be another dynamic year under the Government of Canada’s trade agenda, which showed no signs of slowing over the summer. From May to August 2023, the Government passed into law novel supply chain transparency legislation and introduced amendments and legislative proposals that are impacting, or will impact, compliance with Canadian customs, export controls, and economic sanctions legislation.

Baker McKenzie’s Canadian trade and customs team continues to monitor the following key developments throughout the remainder of 2023. Read our full post here to learn more.

Watch the companion videos below highlighting our compliance tips in relation to developments in Canadian customs, sanctions, export controls, and forced labor laws. 

Customs: CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) Release 2; Proposed amendments to the Valuation For Duty Regulations; and Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) updated verification priorities. 

Sanctions: Amendments to the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA) and the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (JVCFOA), and various amendments to country-specific sanctions regulations.

Export controls: Commitments to enhanced enforcement and amendments to General Export Permit 41. 

Forced labor: Implementation of the Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act and investigations initiated by the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE).


Julia Webster is a disputes and international trade lawyer. She advises companies on trade remedies, free trade agreements, blocking measures, customs compliance, anti-corruption laws, economic sanctions, AML compliance, supply chain ethics, and cross-border M&A.


Jacqueline Rotondi practices commercial, regulatory, competition and international trade law as a member of Baker McKenzie's Global International Commercial and Trade Groups.


Jing is an associate in Baker McKenzie's International Commercial Practice Group and the Global Antitrust & Competition Group in Toronto. Prior to joining the Firm, Jing was an associate in the Toronto office of a leading Canadian law firm.

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