Canadian International Trade Tribunal


The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) hears appeals from decisions under the Customs Act, Special Import Measures Act and the Excise Tax Act. The Tribunal provides Canadian and international businesses with access to fair, transparent and timely processes for the investigation of trade remedy cases and complaints concerning federal government procurement and for the adjudication of appeals on customs and excise matters. At the request of the Government, the Tribunal provides advice in tariff, trade, commercial and economic matters.

The CITT has authority to:

  • Inquire into whether dumped or subsidized imports have caused, or may cause, injury to a domestic industry
  • Inquire into complaints by potential suppliers concerning procurement by the federal government
  • Hear appeals of decisions of the Canada Border Services Agency
  • Inquire into and provide advice on such economic, trade and tariff issues as are referred to CIFF
  • Investigate requests from Canadian producers for tariff relief on imported textile inputs
  • Inquire into complaints by domestic producers that increased imports are causing, or threatening to cause, injury to domestic producers and make recommendations for an appropriate remedy


Canadian International Trade Tribunal
Standard Life Centre
15 Floor, 333 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0G7

Telephone: 613-990-2452
Fax: 613-990-2439

Justice Education Society Resources

Early Resolution

Before you appeal to the tribunal, have you tried to work out your situation by other methods? The tribunal process can take a lot of time and may not result in the decision you expected. Use this Early Dispute Resolution checklist to find out if you have tried all avenues available to you. The following videos and PDFs will also help you.

Choosing a Dispute Resolution Option

Find out about mediation and other ways to resolve disputes.
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Preparing for a Tough Talk

Find out how to prepare for a difficult conversation to settle a dispute.
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Understanding Disputes

Here’s what’s really going on behind most disputes.
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Negotiating a Solution

You’ve prepared for your tough talk, now you’re ready for the next step: negotiation.
Read the PDF.

Preparing for a Hearing

If you have decided to move forward with the tribunal process, use this Tribunal Hearing Preparation checklist to help you get ready. You may also like to take a look at these videos and PDFs for more about how to prepare your case.

Written Hearings

This video describes the process for submitting your case in writing and what your submission must contain.
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In-person Hearings

Watch a dramatization of what it’s like to make a case at an in-person hearing.
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Telephone hearings

Find out how to prepare to make an effective presentation for a hearing over the phone.
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Hearings: First steps

This video introduces the different tribunal processes, including mediation and settlement conferences.
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