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While negotiations for new regional and bilateral trade and investment agreements have reached an unprecedented level of activity, recent economic turmoil simultaneously has given rise to protectionist and punitive trade barriers. To succeed in this complex global marketplace, organizations need a trusted partner with hands-on experience who can help them use trade agreements strategically while providing effective advice and proven solutions for the complicated compliance issues these agreements create.


From export controls and customs compliance to international trade litigation and government relations, the Gowlings International Trade Law Group takes the time to understand the unique challenges faced by each client, and creates customized solutions to help them achieve their business objectives.

Representing leading Canadian and foreign manufacturers, importers, exporters, industry associations and governments, the Gowlings International Trade Law Group delivers effective and practical solutions for a wide range of international trade issues, including: anti-dumping and countervail inquiries; customs classification; valuation and AMPS penalties; import and export controls; strategic use of trade and investment agreements, including WTO and NAFTA; and the investor-state provisions of NAFTA Chapter 11. With particular expertise in trade-related intellectual property matters and issues related to the importation of food and natural health products, Gowlings is the right choice for complex international trade support.

Our clients are confident in our litigation track record of successfully representing clients before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal and NAFTA panels. Industry publications such as the Chambers Global Guide, International Who’s Who of Trade & Customs Lawyers, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, and The World’s Leading Business Lawyers recognize our team’s leadership in trade and customs law.


With a practice that includes members who directly assisted in the negotiation and implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, you can rely on the Gowlings International Trade Law Group to deliver unique and effective solutions to your trade concerns.


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