On April 23, 2014, an Order Amending the Export Control
List (SOR/2014-90) was published in the Canada Gazette. This
signaled the completion of the regulatory process required to amend
Canada's Export Control List, and paved the way for the release
of an updated version of "A Guide to Canada's Export
Controls" on May 22, 2014. The current Guide will remain
in force until May 21, 2014, with the new Guide becoming available
on the Export Controls Division website on May 22,
The updates to the Export Control List are significant, and will
serve to bring Canada's export control measures into alignment
with recent changes to the following multilateral export control
Wassenaar Arrangement (incorporating changes up to December
Nuclear Suppliers Group (incorporating changes up to November
Missile Technology Control Regime (incorporating changes up to
Australia Group (incorporating changes up to June 2012)
These amendments will have the effect of adding and removing
controls over certain goods and technologies, and clarifying
existing control measures. A detailed list of those items that will
be impacted by the revised Export Control List has been published
by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (available here).
Of particular note among the amendments is the long-awaited
relaxation of controls for certain cryptographic hardware
components used in mass-market products and for spin forming
machines, as well as clarification of the controls applicable to
telecommunications items and unmanned aircraft. In all, the
practical effect of the revisions to the Export Control List will
be wide-reaching, and will remove certain goods and technologies
from control altogether. Likewise, new additions to the Export
Control List will impose permit requirements on some previously
uncontrolled items. Accordingly, exporters should undertake a
detailed review of these changes to ensure continued compliance
with Canadian export control laws.
While that agreement mandated export measures on Canadian softwood lumber exports destined for the United States, it also protected those lumber exports from the potential imposition of onerous import measures by the U.S.
On September 29, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its first tariff classification decision since Canada signed the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System in 1998.
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