On 23rd August, McMillan in Canada published an article saying that on September 17th Canada will formally become a State Party to the UN Arms Trade Treaty that regulates the international trade in conventional arms. In preparation for this, the government has made significant amendments to the Export and Import Permits Act to broaden Canada’s export control regime. The current regime is focused exclusively on the export and import of certain goods and technologies to and from Canada – but the new regime will also regulate the movement of these goods and technologies between 2 or more foreign countries when Canadian citizens or organisations are involved in the transaction, and when the goods or technology involved on the Brokering Control List. The disclosure of the contents of relevant technology, such as communicating technical data or providing technical assistance, also constitutes a transaction caught by the revised rules. The article reproduces the Brokering Control List (which appears noticeably broader than the list of that controlled under equivalent UK legislation). Brokering licences are available, as are offences for not complying with the new rules, with a maximum fine of $250,000.
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