Commodities that may require export permits

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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.

Commodities/area of responsibility Government Department/Agency Telephone number
Certain items that cannot be exported by mail, e.g. perfumes, liquids, perishables, alcohol and tobacco. Canada Post 1-866-607-6301
Food, plants, animals and related products Canadian Food Inspection Agency 1-800-442-2342
Food labelling Canadian Food Inspection Agency 1-800-442-2342
Wood packaging Canadian Food Inspection Agency 1-800-442-2342
Fish and seafood Fisheries and Oceans Canada 613-993-0999
Goods on the Canadian Cultural Property Export Control List Canadian Heritage 1-866-811-0055
Nuclear material, equipment and technology Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission 1-800-668-5284
Nuclear-related, dual-use material, equipment and technology Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission 1-800-668-5284
Radiation emitting devices Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission 1-800-668-5284
Endangered animals and plants Environment and Climate Change Canada 1-800-668-6767
Hazardous recyclable material Environment and Climate Change Canada 1-800-668-6767
Hazardous waste Environment and Climate Change Canada 1-800-668-6767
Ozone-depleting substances Environment and Climate Change Canada 1-800-668-6767
Goods exported to countries on the Area Control List and/or subject to United Nations sanctions Global Affairs Canada 613-996-2387
Goods on the Export Control List Global Affairs Canada 613-996-2387
Firearms, military weapons Global Affairs Canada 613-996-2387
Controlled substances Health Canada 1-866-225-0709
Controlled or restricted drugs Health Canada 1-866-225-0709
Narcotics Health Canada 1-866-225-0709
Precursor chemicals Health Canada 1-866-225-0709
Intellectual Property Rights Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada 1-800-328-6189
NRCan General Inquiries Natural Resources Canada 343-292-6096
Explosives including fireworks and ammunition Natural Resources Canada 613-948-5200
Diamonds only (Kimberley Process Office) Natural Resources Canada 1-866-539-0766
Bodies and body parts Public Health Agency of Canada 613-948-7988
Emergency Number: 1-800-545-7661
Human pathogens Public Health Agency of Canada 613-957-1779
Emergency Number: 1-800-545-7661
Transportation of dangerous goods Transport Canada 1-866-995-9737

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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