Annual report for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018

Message from the Chairperson

July 3, 2018

It is my pleasure to present the Annual Report summarizing the Canadian International Trade Tribunal’s activities, highlights and successes for the recently concluded year of April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.

During the last fiscal year, the Tribunal heard a high volume of cases, and we expect that trend to continue, especially given the current trade climate.

The Tribunal takes pride in its global reputation for excellence and has earned the confidence of its stakeholders, including Canadian and international businesses, foreign governments and the Canadian public.

Excellence, fairness, transparency and accessibility are the Tribunal’s core values. They are actively implemented in day-to-day operations, and play a key role in the successful achievement of our mandate as they have guided the Tribunal’s work over the last year. In particular, the Tribunal has been working closely with its Advisory Committee to enhance accessibility for small and medium-sized enterprises and will continue to interact with business organizations about our work and processes.

The Tribunal continues to work towards simplifying its practices and procedures, to alleviate the administrative burden on organizations, in favour of better accessibility. To that end, the Tribunal continues its progress towards an increasingly electronic docket and implementing e-solutions such as electronic filing and videoconferencing options. These changes are leading the way to the future and have the potential to improve the manner in which the Tribunal conducts its business, ensuring a fair, transparent and accessible process for all parties.

In the following pages, the Tribunal outlines its working procedures, and presents a short summary of some of the trade remedy injury inquiries, procurement inquiries, as well as the customs and excise appeals cases heard over the past year.

Yours sincerely,

Jean Bédard, Q.C.
Canadian International Trade Tribunal