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Import or Export Licensing Decision (CNSC Bilateral Notifications Required)

Service standard

Issue a decision on the issuance of an import licence or an export licence within 30 business days of receipt of complete application.

Performance target

The target for achieving this standard is set at 80% under normal circumstances.

Performance results

No data available for fiscal year 2012-2013.


Some applications for the import or export of nuclear substances, equipment or information may invoke the implementation of administrative bilateral notification requirements by the CNSC with its foreign counterparts, pursuant to the provisions of bilateral nuclear cooperation agreements with which the Government of Canada has entered into with its nuclear trading partners. A similar situation exists in the case of exports or imports of risk-significant radioactive sources. Some of these provisions, such as prior shipment notifications or requests for consent to retransfer of nuclear items, need to be satisfied by the CNSC prior to issuance of the associated import or export licence. Timelines for completing these administrative requirements can vary depending on the regulatory requirements of the partner country and the specific details of the proposed import or export transaction. Consequently, the service time for a licensing decision in these cases will be longer than where CNSC bilateral notifications are not invoked.

Applying for a licence to import or export

Telephone: 1-800-668-5284

Service feedback

If you believe the CNSC is not meeting its performance standards, please call the CNSC at 1-800-668-5284, and ask to speak to the Licensing Administrator, Non-Proliferation and Export Controls Division; or email

For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians Web sites.

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