On October 15, 2019, Global Affairs Canada informed reporters that new export permits of military equipment and technology and brokering permits in respect of goods destined for Turkey would not be approved. There was not a formal Notice of Exporters (possibly because Canada’s federal election campaign was underway – election was held on October 21st). Canada also did not impose any formal restrictions under the Export and Import Permits Act or Special Economic Measures Act or Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act. Canad did not mention the period of time for this “temporary” export restriction.
The export restrictions were in response to Turkey’s unilateral incursion into Northern Syria. The United States had announced export restrictions, which have subsequently been reversed. Canada has not made any further announcements.
Canadian businesses currently engaged in or contemplating export activities involving Turkey should monitor developments and ensure that contracts limit liability if Global Affairs Canada refuses to issue future export permits.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.