Global Affairs Canada
The Acts and regulations of Global Affairs Canada and how they affect the importation and exportation of goods. Global Affairs Canada (GAC) was formerly known as the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, or DFATD.
It is the matter of utmost concern to determine the eligibility of goods before they are being imported or exported. Because, there are many goods prohibited, controlled, or restricted. Therefore, is important to know about such goods in order to avoid any legal issue. For this purpose, there are three ministries working in Global Affairs Canada with their different functions and mandates. Three ministers working for each ministry are; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of International Trade, and the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie.
Our Focus will be on the mandate of International Trade, which is given as:
- To ensure that foreign policy depicts true Canadian values and pursues Canada’s national interests.
- To ensure legal trading arrangements and expand the market access at bilateral, regional and global level in a free and fair way.
- To benefit from new economic opportunities inside and outside the borders and security for Canadians at home and abroad.
- Managing Canada’s support and resources effectively and accountably to achieve meaningful, sustainable international development and humanitarian results.
- To engage in the policy development process for Canada and the globe, and highlighting Canada’s efforts in international development and achieving humanitarian objectives.
Trade Controls Bureau
The Trade Controls Bureau (formerly the EICB) is part of Global Affairs Canada. The Bureau authorizes the goods which are supposed to be imported or exported but, they are restricted by quota or subjected to tariffs. Moreover, it also plays an important role to ensure the personal security of the Canadians and the foreigners in a way that it restricts the goods which are dangerous or harmful for a common person. However, the goods which are either restricted by quota (a limitation on the quantity of goods that may be imported or exported) or tariffed are managed by the system of export and import permits. In short, The Trade Controls Bureau is responsible for administering the Export and Import Permits Act (EIPA).