Michael Kaylor practices in the fields of international trade law and commodity taxes. He has been involved with international trade law issues for more than 45 years.
Michael has recognized expertise in the fields of tariff classification, customs valuation, export controls, resolution of seizures and assessments at the Recourse Directorate, duty relief programs, the Goods and Services Tax, the Quebec Sales Tax and the rules of origin under the North American Free Trade Agreement.
He represents clients in these areas with the Customs and Excise branches of the Canada Border Services Agency (the “Agency”) and has an established record of successful resolution of complex trade and tariff issues with Customs and Excise officials at both the regional and national levels. He appears frequently before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, the Tax Court, the Federal Court of Canada, and the Federal Court of Appeal. He has also appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada.
Michael represents importers and exporters in anti-dumping and countervailing trade investigations. He assists foreign exporters and Canadian importers in the completion of questionnaires issued by the Anti-dumping and Countervailing Directorate of the Agency. He represents such companies before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.
He represents clients on trade issues and strategies before officials of numerous government departments, including the Agency and Global Affairs Canada.
Michael served as Chairman and speaker at several Customs Update Seminars held by The Canadian Institute. He has also been an invited speaker at meetings of the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers and the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters. He acted as Chairman of the International Trade Committee of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.
Over the years, Michael has acquired a detailed understanding of the Customs and Excise branches of the Agency and has a full appreciation of the working relationship between these branches and the business community.
He has been a member of the Minister of National Revenue’s Advisory Committee, as well as the Minister of National Revenue’s Voluntary Disclosure and Fairness Committee.
Michael is a member of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Advisory Committee. He has been ranked in Chambers Canada, 2016 to 2021 editions.