Our previous international trade brief outlined the Canadian government’s objectives for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations and what the implications are for Canadian businesses. In this brief, we discuss the sharp rise in U.S. government lobbying in the run up to the NAFTA renegotiations, the reform of Chapter 11 (the investor-state dispute settlement chapter of NAFTA), and a Trade Case Alert relating to certain polyethylene terephthalate resin from China, India, Oman and Pakistan.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) initiated investigations on August 18, 2017, under the Special Import Measures Act, in relation to the alleged injurious dumping of certain polyethylene terephthalate resin (PET resin) into Canada, originating in or exported from the People’s Republic of China (China), the Republic of India (India), the Sultanate of Oman (Oman) and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (Pakistan), and the alleged injurious subsidizing of certain PET resin originating in or exported from China, India, Oman and Pakistan. The investigations follow a complaint filed by Compagnie Selenis Canada. The PET imports being investigated are usually classified under the following Harmonized System classification numbers: 3907.61.00.00, 3907.69.00.10 and 3907.69.00.90.