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Import or Export Licensing Decision (no CNSC bilateral notifications required)

Service standard

Issue a decision on the issuance of an import licence or an export licence within 15 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.

Applying for a licence to export or import


The CNSC's assessment of applications for the import and export of most controlled items includes a risk-informed evaluation of end use and end-user information for proposed transactions or shipments. There may be circumstances where confirmation of acceptability of the proposed import or export, from a risk perspective, is problematic and requires additional evaluation by the CNSC, working with the applicant, other government departments/agencies and foreign counterparts. In such circumstances, the CNSC may require additional time to make a decision on issuance of a licence. In these cases, the CNSC will keep the applicant advised of the anticipated timeline for completion of the assessment.

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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