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Sanctions & Export Controls

Businesses involved in exporting products, services or information outside of Canada risk exposure to significant civil and criminal sanctions if they violate Canada’s export control laws. In addition, pursuant to Canada’s economic sanctions laws, restrictions also apply to dealing with designated persons in certain jurisdictions and sometimes more broadly to certain types of dealings with any person in those jurisdictions.

Our International Trade lawyers are the lawyers of choice for companies across industries seeking export control and sanctions advice. We regularly advise clients on the full range of export controls and sanctions matters, including:

  • Applicability of economic sanctions and embargoes, whether implemented as a result of United Nations Security Council resolutions or unilaterally by Canada

  • Interpretation of export control and sanctions legislation, including the Export and Import Permits Act, United Nations Act, Special Economic Measures Act, Freezing Assets of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act and Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law)

  • Controls on cryptographic items, Arms Trade Treaty items, among others

  • Application for export permits and exemptions

  • Speedy resolution of goods detained at the border and representation in instances of prosecution at all levels within the Canada Border Services Agency, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and the Federal Court of Appeal

  • Developing and implementing export control and trade sanctions compliance programs

  • Registration, identification and classification of controlled assets pursuant to the Defence Production Act and the Controlled Goods Regulations

  • Economic sanctions and export control due diligence

  • Blocking orders, such as under the Foreign Extraterritorial Measures Act regarding trade with Cuba