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Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

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Susan Kohn Ross

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Andrew Hudson



Update on Canada's Trade Sanctions Against Burma (and More)

On December 14, 2007, Minister Maxime Bernier, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced that Canada's economic sanctions against Burma entered into force on December 13, 2007.  To read the Press Release, please click on the following link - http://w01.international.gc.ca/MinPub/Publication.aspx?isRedirect=True&Language=E&publication_id=385690&docnumber=177

In short, the Special Economic Measures Act (Burma) Regulations impose severe economic sanctions, including:

  • a ban on all goods exported from Canada to Burma, excepting only humanitarian goods;
  • a ban on all goods imported from Burma into Canada;
  • a freeze on assets in Canada of any designated Burmese nationals connected with the Burmese State;
  • a prohibition on the provision of Canadian financial services to and from Burma;
  • a prohibition on the export of any technical data to Burma;
  • a ban on new investment in Burma by Canadian persons and companies;
  • a prohibition on Canadian registered ships or aircraft from docking or landing in Burma; and
  • a prohibition on Burmese registered ships or aircraft from docking or landing in Canada or passing through Canada.

To obtain a list of the designated Burmese nationals connected with the Burmese States whose assets are to be frozen - please click on the following link - http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/trade/designated-persons-en.asp

On November 14, 2007, Trade Lawyers Blog reported that "Canada Announces Very Tough Trade Sanctions Against All Things Connected to Burma".  To read the article, please click on the following link - http://tradelawyersblog.com/blog/archive/2007/november/article/canada-announces-very-tough-economic-and-trade-sanctions-against-all-things-connected-to-burma/?tx_ttnews%5Bday%5D=14&cHash=2de17fc30c

Canada has economic sanctions in place against countries other than Burma - but the Burmese sanctions are some of the most severe.  Canada imposes some form of economic sanction against the following countries and non-countries:

  • Belarus
  • Burma
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • North Korea
  • the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Rwanda
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sudan
  • Terrorists

If you are exporting to any of these countries, please consult with a Canadian trade lawyer (such as Cyndee Todgham Cherniak, Michael Flavell, Geoffrey Kubrick or Martin Masse)

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