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Import Permits Regulations (SOR/79-5)

Regulations are current to 2024-06-19

Import Permits Regulations



Registration 1978-12-18

Regulations Respecting Import Permits

P.C. 1978-3738 1978-12-14

His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce, pursuant to section 12 of the Export and Import Permits Act, is pleased hereby to revoke the Import Permits Regulations made and established by Order in Council P.C. 1954-789 of 27th May, 1954Footnote 1, and to make the annexed Regulations respecting Import Permits in substitution therefor.

Short Title

 These Regulations may be cited as the Import Permits Regulations.


 In these Regulations,


Act means the Export and Import Permits Act; (loi)


applicant means a resident of Canada who applies for a permit under the Act; (requérant)

customs office

customs office has the same meaning as in subsection 2(1) of the Customs Act; (bureau de douane)


Department[Repealed, SOR/95-33, s. 1]


importer means a person who imports goods into Canada; (importateur)


permit means an import permit issued pursuant to the Act. (licence)

  • SOR/95-33, s. 1
  • SOR/96-49, s. 1

Application for Permit

 A resident of Canada may apply for a permit to the Minister by furnishing the following information:

  • (a) the applicant’s name and address;

  • (b) information as to whether or not the applicant is a resident of Canada;

  • (c) the importer’s name and address if different from the applicant;

  • (d) the name and address of the supplier of the goods to be imported;

  • (e) the country of origin of the goods;

  • (f) the country from which the goods are imported;

  • (g) the customs office where the goods will enter Canada;

  • (h) the date of entry of the goods in Canada;

  • (i) a description of the goods;

  • (j) the number of units of the goods to be imported and their value in Canadian currency; and

  • (k) any information requested by the Minister in any case where, in his opinion, the information furnished by the applicant requires clarification or the description of the goods to be imported is not in sufficient detail.

  • SOR/95-33, s. 2

Issue of Permits

  •  (1) [Repealed, SOR/95-33, s. 3]

  • (2) When a permit is issued, the Minister shall

    • (a) affix his signature to each copy of the permit; and

    • (b) cause two copies of the permit to be transmitted to the applicant.

  • SOR/95-33, s. 3

 [Repealed, SOR/95-33, s. 4]

Shipping Requirements

 Every person to whom a permit has been issued shall, prior to importing the goods described in the permit,

  • (a) certify

    • (i) that the information furnished in the application in respect of the permit is correct, and

    • (ii) their status as a resident of Canada; and

  • (b) affix their signature to the copy of the permit stamped “For Customs Clearance Only” or “Pour dédouanement seulement” and transmit the copy to the collector of customs at a customs office.

  • SOR/95-33, s. 5
  • SOR/96-49, s. 2

 [Repealed, SOR/96-49, s. 3]

Lost Permits

 Where a permit has been lost or destroyed, the person to whom it was issued may request from the Minister a permit to replace it and shall, when making the request, submit a statutory declaration containing

  • (a) a statement that the permit has been lost or destroyed and an explanation of the loss or destruction; and

  • (b) in the case of a permit that has been lost, an undertaking to return the original permit to the Minister without delay, if it is found.

  • SOR/95-33, s. 6

SCHEDULE[Repealed, SOR/95-33, s. 7]

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