Import Controls and Import Permits

Which Goods are Subject to Import Controls?

Canada has a range of goods over which it imposes import controls. These goods are listed in the Import Control List (ICL) of the Export and Import Permits Act.

Military goods and firearms are controlled by paragraphs 70-73 and 91, and Chemical Weapons Convention items are controlled by paragraph 74 of the ICL. Applications for import permits for these items must be submitted to the Export Controls Division. Current policy allows for the waiver of an import permit for goods set out in Para 70, (1), firearms and their parts, when the items are non-restricted or restricted in legal classification and are destined to sporting or recreational use.

Download and complete the Application for Import/Export Permit EXT-1466 (PDF Document, 96 KB) or request the from directly from the Export Controls Division at 613-996-2387. Completed applications can be submitted on-line via the Export-Import Control System (EICS) by a registered broker only or faxed by companies to 613-996-3205. Enquiries related to completed applications may be directed to 1-877-808-8838.

Applying for an Import Permit

Import permits are issued pursuant to import allocations or other import authorizations in accordance with the Import Permit Regulations. That is, permit quantities are deducted from the authorization balance. Import permits are issued in the offices of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) in Ottawa. A list of EICS On-line Customs Brokers having access to EICS (Export Import Controls System) may be obtained from the Trade Controls Bureau (TID).

What is required to apply for a permit:

Applications by customs brokers

1. Applicants must have an EIPA file number (formerly EICB file number).

To obtain one, applicants must fill out the form Application for an Export and Import Permits Act (EIPA) File Number and provide DFAIT with the following: the applicant's name, title, firm name, address, postal code, telephone number, facsimile number and business number issued by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

The applicant must send the form by facsimile at 613-992-9397. This step is required only once.

2. Applicants must then complete the application form Application for Import/Export Permit EXT-1466 (PDF Document, 96 KB) and provide the following: the EIPA file number; the name of the importer (if the importer is represented by a customs broker, the name and address of the broker must be provided); the supplier's name; the country of origin; the country the product is being imported from; the Canadian port of entry; the shipment date; the proposed entry date and the product code; the quantity and value in Canadian dollars.

Up to three separate products may be entered on the same form. This information will then be submitted into the EICS.

3. A fee will be levied for each permit or certificate issued in accordance with the Export and Import Permits and Certificates Fees Order (Notice to Importers No. 508 dated May 16, 1995). The TCTBB's fee is $15.00 to $31.00 per permit according to the total value of the goods imported. However, brokers may apply additional charges.

4. An individual import permit is required for each shipment.

5. Import permits are normally issued with a validity period of 30 days around the date of arrival specified by importers (5 days prior to it and 24 days after). Under no circumstances will utilization of permits for one quota period be allowed in the next quota period. Requests for import permits will be accepted within 30 days prior to the expected date of arrival of the shipment in Canada.

Applications Not Using a Customs Broker

Applications may be sent directly to DFATD either by mail or facsimile. Applicants must fill out the application form Application for Import/Export Permit EXT-1466 (PDF Document, 96 KB). However, permits will not be issued unless the applications are accompanied by a cheque for the amount corresponding to the total value of the goods (as set out in Column III of the import permit fee schedule in paragraph 2 of Notice to Importers No. 508 dated May 16, 1995), made out to the Receiver General for Canada, for each permit requested. Applicants may also ask to be put on a monthly billing system. Once payment has been confirmed, issued permits will be delivered to the requestor using the method identified on the application.

For more information on the monthly billing system, please contact DFATD's Accounts Receivables officer at 613-944-2496 or by facsimile at 613-995-0725.

Links to Official Documents at Justice Canada