Exporting is one of the most controlled activities throughout the world. Export shipments must be accompanied by certain documents to leave Canada and to enter the country the goods are destined to. A variety of free publications are available from the Canada/Manitoba Business Service Centre to guide you through the export process. The Canada Border Services Agency helps other federal government departments by administering and enforcing regulations on their behalf. If you are exporting goods that are controlled or regulated, you have to submit the appropriate permit, certificate or license before you export them, regardless of the destination or value of the goods. The following list provides a general overview as to which items have controls placed on them and which department exporters should contact in order to meet the necessary requirements when goods are leaving the country. Exporters should also investigate trade regulations in foreign countries (i.e. required licenses, permits and/or certificates) prior to shipping any goods
Authorization is required to export firearms. For more information, consult the Export and Import Controls Bureau .
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), in conjunction with other federal departments, administers regulations pertaining to the import, export and/or labelling requirements for the following agricultural products:
Eggs and Processed Eggs
Fish and Fish Products
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (including nuts and edible fungi)
Fruit and Vegetable Products - Processed (includes processed fruits and vegetables and their products - canned & frozen - as well as maple products)
Grains and Field Crops
Meat and Poultry Products
For one stop assistance, exporters can contact the Market and Industry Services Branch (MISB) of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. MISB works with exporters by identifying business opportunities, helping them through regulatory and other requirements, and providing information on various markets.
The Cultural Property Export and Import Act regulates the import and export of cultural property and provides special tax incentives to encourage Canadians to donate or sell important objects to public institutions in Canada.
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission controls the import and export of nuclear materials and other prescribed substances, equipment and technology. >> Learn more
Environment Canada controls the import, export or transit through Canada of hazardous wastes, whether destined for disposal or recycling. >> Learn more
The department also administers the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which controls the import, export and interprovincial transport and sale of certain wild species of animals and plants, as well as their parts and derivatives.
Goods falling under the Export Control List will require a permit. This goes for products destined for the countries on the Area Control List. Export controls exist on the following products:
Health Canada is responsible for regulating the export of narcotics and controlled drugs. >> Learn more
There are no Canadian labelling requirements for non-food products being exported. However, the country your goods are destined to will have packaging and labelling requirements. For more information, contact us or visit the World Customs Organization website to obtain regulatory and other information on countries around the world.