ANNOUNCEMENT 12 Aug 2015In August 2015, the government of Canada announced a rule change relating to export registration.
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In the August 12, 2015 edition of Canada Gazette (Vol. 149, No. 16) the Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided for a new General Export Permit No. 41 (GEP 41) that allows for a less onerous licensing procedure for exports of certain dual-use goods and technology to certain destinations (primarily NATO members). Such exports or transfers will no longer require the submission of an individual application.
The rationale for the new procedures, according to the notice, stems from the efforts in 'Canada's export control regime ... to balance national and international security concerns associated with the export/transfer of strategic and military goods and technology with Canada's interests as a trading nation.'
The streamlining of the export/transfer process for lower-risk transactions 'allows the Government of Canada to provide residents of Canada with a mechanism to compete more efficiently in the global marketplace while maintaining a robust system of export controls.' GEP 41 covers the export or transfer of most goods and technology referred to in Group 1 and item number 5504 of the Export Control List/Guide to Canada's Export Controls, with certain exceptions.
These shipments will be allowed to the following countries that are members of multiple multilateral export control regimes and have implemented effective export control systems: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Transactions that are ineligible to use GEP 41 include goods and technologies intended to be used in a country that is not an eligible destination, goods and technologies requiring U.S. export authorization under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and eligible goods and technology that are also concurrently controlled in a group or item other than those deemed to be eligible goods and technology under GEP 41 and that are not covered by another GEP.