Export Controls

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Manage your customs and trade compliance by staying informed

Exports of goods and technology are controlled in Canada under the Export and Import Permits Act (EIPA), which is administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).

The controls fall into two main categories:

  • By destination: Under the EIPA, companies are required to apply to DFAIT for an export permit prior to exporting any types of goods or technology to a controlled destination on Canada’s Area Control List (ACL). Exporters should also further examine any business dealings with any of Canada’s embargoed or sanctioned countries.
  • By product: The EIPA also requires exporters to obtain export permits for any goods that are listed on the Export Control List (ECL).

The legislation has potentially severe penalties for non-compliance. If a company exports goods without submitting an export permit when one is required, this can result in a monetary penalty for the corporation and even imprisonment for one or more of its officers or directors. The Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) will also penalize Canadian companies that fail to report exports of controlled goods.

Many companies are unaware of the scope of these controls and the obligations associated with them. To prevent possible seizures and penalties, companies should consider if the goods they plan to export comply with the EIPA’s restrictions. PricewaterhouseCoopers can assist organizations with what they need to know about Canada’s export controls.

How PricewaterhouseCoopers can help

PricewaterhouseCoopers has a dedicated team of experienced professionals who can assist companies in planning and managing their export control compliance requirements.

Contact us today for more information on export controls.