trade covers a broad range of topics, from private commercial transactions
between individuals to agreements between governments.
The agreements that make up
international trade include trade in goods, trade in services, capital
mobility, expropriation of property rights, labour standards and mobility,
international monetary stability, and economic development.
Numerous organizations are
involved in the development and negotiation of agreements. Some of these
- the WTO,
- the IMF,
Current significant international
trade issues involve the entry of China into the WTO, new negotiations
over agriculture and services and the impact of electronic commerce.
of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
This department's mandate is to promote Canadian security, prosperity
and values abroad.
International Trade Tribunal
The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (the Tribunal) is an administrative
tribunal operating within Canada's trade remedies system. It is an independent
quasi-judicial body that carries out its statutory responsibilities in
an autonomous and impartial manner and reports to Parliament through the
Minister of Finance.
Canadian International Trade Tribunal has authority to:
- conduct inquiries into whether
dumped or subsidized imports have caused, or are threatening to cause,
material injury to a domestic industry;
- hear appeals of decisions
of the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency made under the Customs Act,
the Excise Tax Act and the Special Import Measures Act;
- conduct inquiries and provide
advice on such economic, trade and tariff issues as are referred to
the Tribunal by the Governor in Council or the Minister of Finance;
- conduct inquiries into complaints
by potential suppliers concerning procurement by the federal government
that is covered by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),
the Agreement on Internal Trade and the World Trade Organization Agreement
on Government Procurement;
- conduct safeguard inquiries
into complaints by domestic producers that increased imports are causing,
or threatening to cause, serious injury to domestic producers; and
- conduct investigations into
requests from Canadian producers for tariff relief on imported textile
inputs that they use in their production operations.
The Federal department in charge of economic issues.
This University of Toronto website provides information on the G8, documents
and texts from G8 Summit and Ministerial Meetings.
Guide to International Trade Law Sources on the Internet