There has been an exciting new development at the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT). The CITT has created an Advisory Committee to assist the CITT by seeking recommendations related to the Tribunal’s accessibility, transparency and fairness. Even more exciting is the fact that I.E.Canada, along with other associations, has been asked to sit on the committee. This allows industry, for the first time, to have a seat at the table. And it allows you, our members, to have a say on how international trade law, regulation and policy is interpreted in Canada.
The new CITT Advisory Committee will be replacing the Bench and Bar Committee. The new committee will be made up of a broad range of stakeholders including industry associations, legal associations and government departments. If necessary, the Advisory Committee will strike subcommittees to address specific issues as they arise.
The CITT says that it is specifically looking for “…recommendations about the degree to which its rules and procedures are practical and reflective of the commercial realities in which its stakeholders operate.” The committee will not be discussing specific cases, nor will its members advocate. Rather, the committee is a way for the CITT to better engage with trade and to ensure that CITT has a pipeline to the issues most relevant to trade.
I.E.Canada is very encouraged by this move and is optimistic that the Advisory Committee will serve as an important conduit through which both CITT and industry can communicate with each other. CITT has opened a direct communications channel with trade, and this is a tremendous opportunity for I.E.Canada. Expect us to be coming to you over the next few months for input on the issues and opportunities that we can bring to the attention of this new committee.