ANNOUNCEMENT 12 Aug 2015In August 2015, the government of Canada announced a rule change relating to export registration.
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The full text of this proposed regulation and its accompanying Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement is available in the Canada Gazette, Part I, at http://www.canadagazette.gc.ca/gazette/home-accueil-eng.php.
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On 12 August 2015, a proposal by the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development (DFATD), which would streamline the export process for certain goods exported or transferred that are considered as low-risk commodities, was mentioned in the Canada Gazette (cf. Sources).
A new General Export Permit (GEP) would allow for dual-use goods and technologies to certain countries to be administered, and not require an individual permit to be submitted to DFATD. According to DFATD, GEPs are intended to be used to facilitate trade in defined circumstances and are issued generally to all residents of Canada to allow the export or transfer of specified goods and technology that are included in the ECL to certain specified destinations, subject to terms and conditions.
The purpose of the proposed GEP No. 41 - Dual-use Goods and Technology to Certain Destinations is to allow residents of Canada, subject to certain conditions and limitations, to export or transfer certain items included in Group 1 and ECL item number 5504 for end-use in certain eligible destinations. Eligible countries are those countries that, like Canada, are members of all four multilateral export control regimes, namely the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies, the Missile Technology Control Regime, the Australia Group and the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
The Government of Canada is still in the process of considering comments on the proposal.