On 19th September, an article from Bennett Jones LLP said that on September 17th Canada formally became a party to the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), an international treaty that aims to regulate trade of conventional arms, including small arms, battle tanks, missiles, and warships.  In preparation for Canada’s accession to the ATT, the Government of Canada implemented a number of legislative and regulatory amendments.  It says that new brokering rules expand Canada’s export control regime from regulating the import and export of controlled goods and technologies to and from Canada, to the movement of such goods and technologies between 2 or more foreign countries in cases where Canadian citizens, permanent residents or organizations are involved in the transactions.  In effect, the brokering obligations apply extraterritorially as well as within Canada.  It says that the new controls are particularly relevant where you may be involved in foreign transactions involving the movement of arms or other controlled materials, including electronic transfers of technology, whether as an agent, intermediary, consultant or other advisor operating abroad, or as an exporter of goods or technology from Canada.  There is a BCL List which lists all goods or technology for which a brokering permit is required.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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