Notice to Exporters

Exports of items listed on the Export Control List to Belarus

Export and Import Permits Act

Serial No. 197
Date: May 13, 2016


1. This Notice is to advise exporters that Global Affairs Canada will initiate the regulatory process to remove Belarus from the Area Control List (ACL).


2. Pursuant to the Government of Canada’s commitment to diplomatic re-engagement with the international community, and in response to recent positive developments in Belarus, Global Affairs Canada will initiate the regulatory process to remove Belarus from the Area Control List (ACL), thereby lifting sanctions that have been in place since December 14, 2006.

3. This announcement is consistent with actions taken by the United States and the European Union since October 2015. It also reflects Canada’s acknowledgment that the Government of Belarus has made progress in key areas in recent months, including the release of political prisoners and conducting a presidential election in October 2015, which demonstrated greater adherence to international norms and was not marked by the levels of violence and intimidation seen in past elections. Canada also recognizes the constructive role played by Belarus in facilitating negotiations toward a ceasefire and peace agreement in Ukraine—the Minsk agreements—in September 2014 and February 2015.


4. This Notice replaces Notice to Exporters No. 148, “Export Controls to Belarus”. As the regulatory process to remove Belarus from the ACL may take some time, as an interim measure, and effective immediately, Global Affairs Canada will normally issue permits for the export to Belarus of any goods and technology not specifically listed in the Export Control List (ECL).

5. For those goods and technologies that are listed on the ECL, applications for export permits will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Further information on how to apply for an export permit may be found at the links below.

6. Information on how to enrol as a user of the Export Controls On-Line (EXCOL) system may be found at the links below. 

General Information

7. For further information, exporters may contact:

Export Controls Division (TIE)
Global Affairs Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2

Telephone: 613-996-2387
Facsimile: 613-996-9933

Useful Links

Export Controls website:

Export Controls Handbook:

Export Control List (“A Guide to Canada’s Export Controls 2013”):

EXCOL Enrolment: