E-mailing of cultural property export permit applications to expert examiners
Customs Notice 21-12

Ottawa, May 5, 2021

1. The purpose of this notice is to inform exporters of cultural property of a new temporary measure to facilitate the export permit process when the examination of an Expert Examiner (EE) is required.

2. The pandemic has created challenges for the export process, particularly regarding the review of applications by EEs as public health measures have significantly impacted heritage institutions. Namely, the communication/collaboration between the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) permit officers and EE institutions, for the purpose of the application review process, has been greatly affected, due to both CBSA staff and EEs working from home.

3. A new temporary measure has been developed to allow for the exchange of cultural property export permit applications and supporting documents via password-protected email between CBSA and EEs (at their professional address), upon receipt of the exporter’s consent.

4. If you agree to allow CBSA and EEs (and only between these individuals) to exchange your application documentation by email, please complete the consent form available on the Movable Cultural Property website and include it with each application for permanent exports you submit to your CBSA permit issuing office.

5. This new procedure was implemented March 10, 2021, and should help reduce delays in the processing of cultural property export permits application.

6. For more information, call the CBSA Border Information Service (BIS):
Calls within Canada & the United States (toll free): 1-800-461-9999
Calls outside Canada & the United States (long distance charges apply): 1-204-983-3550 or 1-506-636-5064
TTY: 1-866-335-3237
Or contact us online: Client support contact form

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