The Export and Import Permits Act (EIPA) requires those who wish to export from Canada any items included on the Export Control List (ECL) to obtain, prior to shipment, an export permit1. Applications to export controlled goods or technology are reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure that these exports are consistent with Canada's foreign and defence policies.
The EIPA places very strict controls on the export of certain prohibited firearms, prohibited weapons and prohibited devices (as defined in the Criminal Code of Canada). Export permit applications for exports of the above mentioned items are only considered for countries who are included on the Automatic Firearms Country List (AFCCL), a list of countries that the Government of Canada has deemed it appropriate to permit the export of these items to and with which the Government of Canada has signed an intergovernmental defence, research, development and production arrangement. There are currently 33 countries listed on the Automatic Firearms Country Control List.
At this time, the Export Controls Division would like to invite stakeholders to provide their opinions regarding possible regulatory amendment(s) which could result in the addition of various countries, specifically Austria, India, Ireland, Kuwait and Switzerland to the AFCCL.
These proposed regulations, if ultimately approved by the Governor in Council, will allow exporters of certain prohibited firearms, prohibited weapons and prohibited devices to submit permit applications for the export of these items to Austria, India, Ireland, Kuwait, and Switzerland. Please note that inclusion on the AFCCL does not guarantee that a permit will be issued for the export of these items, and that all applications will remain subject to the Government of Canada's review process.
Submissions must be received no later than May 4, 2012. All submissions will be treated as protected information. While submissions may be subject to requests under the Access to Information Act, no information will be released without first consulting with the original provider.
Please submit your contributions by email or mail to:
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Export Controls Division (TIE – S6)
Attention – AFCCL Consultation
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2
For further information, please contact: