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Export Controls Handbook

Use of this Document

This Export Controls Handbook is intended as a reference tool for exporters and provides practical information about the administration of Canada’s export controls which are administered pursuant to the Export Control List, the Area Control List and the Automatic Firearms Country Control List, under the authority of the Export and Import Permits Act.  Information contained in this Handbook includes: how to obtain the necessary permits for the export or transfer of controlled items and how to comply with the requirements of the Export and Import Permits Act and its related regulations.

The information in this Handbook does not pertain to applications to export goods described in Items 5101 to 5204 (Forest Products, and Agriculture and Food Products) of the Export Control List as administering controls over these items are not within the mandate of the Export Controls Division.

In any case where a discrepancy arises between the Export Controls Handbook and the relevant legislation and regulations, the legislation and regulations will prevail.  For the purposes of interpreting and applying the law, please consult Part III of the Canada Gazette, “Acts of Parliament”, and Part II of the Canada Gazette, “Official Regulations”. These publications are available in most public libraries and on the internet at Electronic copies of the Export and Import Permits Act and its related regulations are also available on the internet at

Contact Us

The Export Controls Division of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada is responsible for the administration of export and import controls for strategic and military goods and technology under the authority of the Export and Import Permits Act.

How to contact us:

Export Controls Division (TIE)
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2

Telephone: (343) 203-4331
Facsimile: (613) 996-9933

For general enquiries, including the status of an export permit application, please call (343) 203-4331 or e-mail:  Please quote the export permit application identification (ref ID) number.

For Enquiries Related to the CBSA

For enquiries related to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), including detention or seizure of goods, Customs Declaration Form (B-13A), or the Customs Automated Export Declaration (CAED), please call 1 (800) 461-9999 or contact your local CBSA office.  Telephone numbers are available in the blue pages of your local telephone book under “Government of Canada”.  Information is also available on the internet at

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