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Legal Guide

The importation of goods into Canada can be restricted for international reasons, such as human rights, embargoes, conservation or to protect domestic industries subject to Canada’s international obligations. In addition, certain goods require import permits for monitoring purposes. Pursuant to the Export and Import Permits Act (the “EIPA”), goods that appear on the Import Control List may not be imported into Canada unless an import permit is acquired. The goods on this List include clothing, textiles and footwear for which Canada has entered into bilateral restraint agreements with certain countries. Such bilateral restraint agreements restrict the quantity of imports of these goods, usually through the establishment of export quotas. Import permits will only be granted if the exporter has an export quota and an export license. The importation of certain other goods such as firearms, steel and animal and agricultural products are also on the List as a result of regulation pursuant to other specific legislation. Other products such as drugs and plants are subject to import controls under product specific legislation.

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