On April 1, 2020, the Government of Canada published in the Canada Gazette “An Order Amending the Export Control List”, SOR/2020-48 (P.C. 2020-140).  This Order takes effect on May 1, 2020. The objective of this Order is to implement the Government of Canada’s arrangements, commitments and policies resulting from Canada’s participation, up until


Canada has made many lists and you may have to look at more than one list before exporting goods.  Which lists you must look at depends upon the destination country, the identity of buyer (including related parties), what specifically you are selling to your buyer (the good and its component parts), and the industry

We often receive calls from small and medium sized businesses who receive word from the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) that their to-be exported goods have been detained and that the file has been referred to Global Affairs Canada, Export Controls Division for review against Canada’s export controls and economic sanctions laws.  This happens most

On July 12, 2017, the Government of Canada (more specifically, the Governor in Council (Cabinet)) promulgated changes to the Export Control list, which is a regulation.  In the Canada Gazette, Part II, Regulation SOR/2017-139 “Order Amending the Export Control List”  (the “ECL Order”) made pursuant to the Export and Import Permits Act was

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An Export Control List Item Number (the “ECL Item Number”) is the Canadian identification or classification number that must be provided on export permit applications made under the Export and Import Permits Act and, if the good is subject to economic sanctions, requests for ministerial authorizations. All goods that are subject to Canada’s export controls


chessCanadian businesses with export activities to Turkey should watch carefully to see if Canada’s export controls rules will change as a result of Canada’s concerns about the thousands of detentions and three month state of emergency in Turkey.  It is time to exercise due diligence and caution.  It is time to watch alertly for

iStock_000019169483XSmallOn May 7, 2016, Global Affairs Canada (formerly known as DFATD and DFAIT) made an announcement that Canada plans to legally remove Belarus from the Area Control List. Belarus has been on the Area Control List since December 14, 2006.  When this occurs, only North Korea will remain on the Area Control List.


Gavel and Scales of JusticeThe Government of Canada (in particular Global Affairs Canada) may pursue directors and officers of a corporation who fail to obtain the required export permits, licenses and certifications. Corporations cannot act on their own.  Individuals make decisions that cause the corporation to take actions.  With respect to exports, individuals take the steps that cause the