‘The Novel Unforeseen Circumstances Around Coronavirus and International Trade’

Atlantic Paper Stock Ltd v St Anne-Nackawic Pulp and Paper Company Limited, [1976] 1 SCR 580. In a globalized economy, unexpected events on the other side of the world can easily have direct economic impacts on the Canadian economy. Complex supply chains and strategic imports can be quickly disrupted by political, social, or medical issues. One contemporary example would be with the coronavirus emerging in China. The China Council for The Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), which was founded in 1952, and is responsible for developing business cooperation and exchange with other countries, announced this week, announced they will provide force majeure certificates for companies impacted by the coronavirus outbreak … (more)

[Omar Ha-Redeye, CanLII Connects, 23 February]

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