On October 15, 2019, Global Affairs Canada informed reporters that new export permits of military equipment and technology and brokering permits in respect of goods destined for Turkey would not be approved.  There was not a formal Notice of Exporters (possibly because Canada’s federal election campaign was underway – election was held on October 21st).

It has been a busy year in Canada for export controls and economic sanctions developments. As a result, we are posting an H1 2019 report. The top 10 developments in H1 2019 are:

1. Canada will implement the brokering rules on September 1, 2019. Bill C-47 “An Act to amend the Export and Import Permits

In March, there was a good deal of consternation in the general press trying to understand news that President Trump had overruled the actions of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) to impose additional sanctions on North Korea. Beside the oddity of a President overruling actions by a part of the Executive branch after

Canada

This is a common problem – too common.  The people in the company responsible for customs and trade compliance do not work closely with the computer programmers as software is being developed — and mistakes are made.  The computer programmer does his or her job in preparing the code, but does not have any

Canada

Countries, such as North Korea, Iran and Russia, may attempt to hide activities by using cryptocurrencies (such as Bitcoin). While the underlying activity of selling controlled goods or dealing with designated persons is illegal (under Canadian export laws) without an export permit/ministerial authorization, a secondary issue is enforcement.  Enforcement tools directed at “following the

Canada

Canada’s export controls go beyond dual-use goods, chemicals, defence and military items, and other goods on the Export Control List.  Canada imposes export controls under a variety of statutes and regulations.  For example, Canada controls exports of cannabis, cultural property, hazardous waste, hazardous recyclable and scrap materials, rough diamond, human pathogens, honey, maple syrup,

Canada

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

U.S.A.

There are news reports that President Trump is considering imposing economic sanctions against China.  U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley made comments that suggest that sanctions are on the horizon (not quite imminent, but no longer unrealistic).

If the United States imposes economic sanctions against China in response to the perceived/real lack

Canada

On July 28, 2017, Global Affairs Canada issued a statement of concern relating to escalating violence in eastern Saudi Arabia. In the Statement entitled “Canada concerned by escalating tensions in eastern Saudi Arabia”, Global Affairs stated:

“Canada is concerned by the escalating violence in eastern Saudi Arabia, which has resulted in civilian and

Canada

On July 26, 2017, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs issued a Statement “Canada Calls on Venezuela to cancel Constituent Authority“.  The Statement contains two interesting sentences:

“Furthermore, Canada welcomes and supports the important actions taken today by the United States to target leaders of the regime. Individuals who are undermining democracy and