Paul Burns

Paul D. Burns

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Paul Burns has over 35 years of experience advising clients on all aspects of international trade and commodity tax, including significant experience advising on Canadian customs and export control matters. Paul obtained his LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario. For many years, he served as the practice group coordinator of the International Commercial Practice Group in Baker McKenzie's Toronto office.

Practice Focus

Paul has assisted multinational corporations on a multitude of trade matters, including valuation, tariff classification, rules of origin, marking, standards, remissions and drawbacks; anti-dumping and subsidies; export and import controls; trade sanctions; blocking measures; the Controlled Goods Program; free trade agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement; and goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax. He has advised and assisted with audits (both internal and by regulatory authorities), the development of customs strategies and compliance programs and with appealing unfavorable determinations by governmental authorities, including appeals before the Anti-Dumping Tribunal, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and Binational Panels established under the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement, as well as the NAFTA.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented an importer continuously since the 2009 antidumping and countervailing duty expiry review with respect to certain Fasteners originating in or exported from China and Chinese Taipei; obtained product exclusions for certain drywall screws (RR-2009-001) and certain concrete screw anchors (RR-2019-002); represented the importer with respect to Normal Value Re-investigations (e.g., FAS 2019 RI) and a Normal Value Review (FAS 2020 UP1)

  • Represented three importers in the Bicycles and Finished Painted Bicycle Frames Global Safeguard Inquiry (GS-2004-001 and GS 2004 002)

  • Represented an importer in the Preformed Fibreglass Pipe Insulation with a Vapour Barrier, originating in or exported from the United States of America Anti-dumping Investigation and Expiry Reviews (NQ-93-002, RR-98-001, RR 2002-005 ); in the last expiry review the CITT rescinded the anti-dumping Order

Professional Honors

  • Chambers Canada, Leading Individual Band 1 for International Trade/WTO, 2022
  • Recognized lawyer for Trade & Customs, Who's Who Legal: Canada, 2011-2021
  • Band 1 lawyer for International Trade/WTO, Chambers Canada and Chambers Global, 2011-2021
  • Recognized as a leading individual for international trade, Legal 500 Canada, 2013-2021
  • Recognized lawyer for international trade and finance law and tax law, Best Lawyers in Canada, 2008-2021
  • Recognized as leading practitioner in commodity tax/customs and international trade regulations, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2009-2021
  • Recognized as distinguished by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Canadian Bar Association


  • Ontario~Canada (1984)


  • University of Western Ontario (LL.B.) (1982)


  • English


  • Co-author (Canadian Chapter), Managing Investigations Guide, World ECR, July 2021


  • Presenter, US and Canadian Customs and Import Developments, Baker McKenzie Webinar, 18 November 2021

  • Presenter, Key International Trade Developments with Major Trading Partners, Baker McKenzie Webinar, 18 November 2021

  • Moderator, "Moving Goods in a Post-Pandemic World", The Canadian Bar Association Webinar, 6 October 2021

  • Presenter, "Hot Topics for Customs Audits (Focus on US, Canada, Mexico, EU, UK, Russia and Asia-Pacific)", Baker McKenzie Webinar, 27 July 2021

  • Presenter, "Virtual Global Trade Conference - Trade Agreements Developments," Baker McKenzie, 15 July 2021