To help ensure that prohibited and controlled goods are not illegally exported from Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency assists other federal government departments and agencies by administering and enforcing legislation and regulations on their behalf. Inquiries about these exporting regulations should be directed to the relevant department or agency. Below is a list of some of the most commonly exported commodities that may require permits and/or certificates from other federal government departments and agencies.
Name, Web address, Telephone number
|Commodities/Area of Responsibility|
|Certain items cannot be exported by mail, e.g. perfumes, liquids, perishables, alcohol and tobacco.|
|Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Food, plants, animals and related products
Canadian Grain Commission
Cereal, oilseeds, pulses
|Goods on the Canadian Cultural Property Export Control List|
|Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
|Nuclear material, equipment and technology
Nuclear-related, dual-use material, equipment and technology
Radiation emitting devices
|Endangered animals and plants
Hazardous recyclable material
Note: Provincial export permits may be required. Contact the appropriate provincial or territorial government.
|Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
|Goods exported to countries on the Area Control List and/or subject to United Nations sanctions.
Goods on the Export Control List
Firearms, military weapons
Controlled or restricted drugs
|National Energy Board
|Natural Resources Canada
|Diamonds (Kimberley Process Office)
|Transportation of dangerous goods|
For detailed information on exporting, visit the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Centre at www.cbsa.gc.ca/sme-pme. For more information, within Canada call the Border Information Service at 1-800-461-9999. From outside Canada call 204-983-3500 or 506-636-5064. Long distance charges will apply. Agents are available Monday to Friday (08:00 – 16:00 local time, except holidays). TTY is also available within Canada: 1-866-335-3237.
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Canada Border Services Agency
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