International Trade


To succeed in a complex global marketplace, organizations need a legal partner with hands-on experience who can help them use trade agreements to their strategic advantage - and provide effective advice and proven solutions for the complicated compliance issues these agreements create.

From export controls and customs compliance to international trade litigation and government relations, the Gowling WLG International Trade Group takes the time to understand the unique challenges faced by each client, and creates customized solutions to help them achieve their business objectives.

Comprehensive coverage

Representing leading Canadian and foreign manufacturers, importers, exporters, industry associations and governments, our team delivers effective, practical solutions to a wide range of international trade issues, including:

  • Anti-dumping and countervail inquiries
  • Customs classification
  • Valuation and AMPS penalties
  • Import and export controls
  • Strategic use of trade and investment agreements, including WTO and NAFTA
  • Investor-state provisions of NAFTA Chapter 11

With particular expertise in trade-related intellectual property matters and issues related to the importation of food and natural health products, Gowling WLG is the right choice for complex international trade support.

A proven track record

As a client, you can be confident in our litigation track record of successfully representing clients before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal and NAFTA panels.

As a result of our success, industry publications such as Chambers Global, International Who's Who of Trade & Customs Lawyers and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory consistently recognize our team's leadership in trade and customs law.

Unsurpassed experience

With a practice that includes members who directly assisted in the negotiation and implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, you can rely on the Gowling WLG International Trade Law Group to deliver unique, effective solutions to your trade concerns.

Learn more

To learn more about how we can support your international trade needs, please contact any member of our team.


In an ever-more globalised world, international trade law is increasingly relevant to companies of all sizes, presenting new challenges and opportunities.

Primarily based in our Brussels and London offices, and working closely with our Chinese offices, Gowling WLG's EU, Trade and Competition team advises clients on a range of EU, WTO and global trade issues. Through our international reach, we are well positioned to provide our clients with commercial and effective solutions based on the very latest developments in international trade law and policy.

The Gowling WLG EU, Trade and Competition team advise on a range of international trade law issues, including:

  • National, EU and WTO trade defence investigations, acting for both complainants and third country importers
  • EU Sanctions
  • Import and export controls
  • Incoterms and international trade contracts

To learn more about the opportunities international trade law can offer you, please do contact us.