Book Importation Regulations (SOR/99-324)

Regulations are current to 2017-12-11 and last amended on 2008-05-15. Previous Versions

Canadian Editions

  •  (1) For the purpose of section 2.6 of the Act, the following distribution criteria are established for Canadian editions:

    • (a) the exclusive distributor shall make sufficient copies of the Canadian edition available in Canada; and

    • (b) before an order is placed, the Canadian edition must be

      • (i) identified as a Canadian edition

        • (A) on the cover or jacket of the book,

        • (B) in the latest edition of the Canadian Telebook Agency Microfiche and of Books in Print Plus — Canadian Edition, published by R.R. Bowker, if the edition is an English-language edition, and in the latest edition of the Banque de titres de langue française, if the edition is a French-language edition, or

        • (C) in the latest edition of a catalogue supplied by the exclusive distributor, copyright owner or exclusive licensee to the bookseller, library or other institution, at the request of, and in the form requested by, the bookseller, library or other institution, and

      • (ii) listed

        • (A) in the latest edition of the Canadian Telebook Agency Microfiche and of Books in Print Plus — Canadian Edition, published by R.R. Bowker, if the edition is a English-language edition, and in the latest edition of the Banque de titres de langue française, if the edition is a French-language edition, or

        • (B) in the latest edition of a catalogue supplied by the exclusive distributor, copyright owner or exclusive licensee to the bookseller, library or other institution, at the request of, and in the form requested by, the bookseller, library or other institution.

  • (2) If an exclusive distributor is unable to meet the criteria for an order set out in subsection (1) the person who placed the order may import the book through a person other than the exclusive distributor.

  • SOR/2008-169, s. 4(F).

Remaindered and other Books

 For the purpose of subsection 27.1(6) of the Act, a book may be imported if

  • (a) the book is marked as a remaindered book or the original foreign publisher has given notice to the exclusive distributor, if any, that the book has been remaindered, and the book is not sold in Canada before the end of 60 days after the day on which it was first offered for sale as a remaindered book by the original foreign publisher in the country from which the book is imported;

  • (b) the book is marked as a damaged book by the importer or the retailer; or

  • (c) the book is imported solely for the purpose of re-export, and the importer is able to provide evidence, on request, that an order for re-export has been made for the book before its importation.

Textbooks

 For the purpose of subsection 27.1(6) of the Act, a textbook may be imported if

  • (a) at the time of importation, the importer provides documentation such as a certificate or an invoice establishing that the textbook is a used textbook;

  • (b) the textbook is to be offered for sale or distribution in Canada as a used textbook; and

  • (c) the textbook is of a scientific, technical or scholarly nature and is for use within an educational institution or an educational body established or conducted for profit.

Special Orders

  •  (1) For the purpose of subsection 27.1(6) of the Act, a book that is the subject of a special order may be imported through a person other than the exclusive distributor if the exclusive distributor is unable to fill the order within the time specified by the person who placed the order.

  • (2) The exclusive distributor shall confirm within 24 hours after the special order is received whether or not the order can be filled within the time specified by the person who placed the order.

Leased Books

 A library may import leased books through a person other than an exclusive distributor.

Coming into Force

 These Regulations come into force on September 1, 1999.

 
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