The concern over Iran’s nuclear program and Iran’s
failure to comply with UN resolutions have prompted the Canadian
Government to add further sanctions against Iran under the
Special Economic Measures Act (the SEMA). These latest
sanctions against Iran impose, among other things, an immediate ban
on all imports to and exports from Iran.
The Regulations Amending the Special Economic Measures
(Iran) allow for exemptions to the import and export ban for
personal effects, informational materials, correspondence, and
packages sent by mail for non-commercial reasons. There are
specific exemptions provided for food, medicine, medical equipment
and humanitarian goods. Further, there are exemptions to the
complete ban on import and export for technologies that protect
Iranians online. The government’s press release may be
consulted at the following link: Canada Further Tightens Sanctions on Iran.
Canada has imposed sanctions against Iran since July 2010, which
have become increasingly more prohibitive. Following the imposition
of sanctions relating to financial and banking transactions with
Iran in November 2011 and December 2012, Canadian manufacturers and
other Canadian entities have been severely restricted in their
ability to do business with Iran. Certain transactions could,
however, be authorized by obtaining a permit to carry out an
activity or transaction that was not otherwise restricted or
prohibited by the SEMA Regulations. While permits remain available,
the new amendments can be expected to make it much more difficult
to obtain a permit, given that most trade with Iran is now
prohibited and permits are unlikely to be authorized.
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