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Canada will end sanctions against Belarus

May 11, 2016

The Government of Canada announced that it will remove the sanctions against Belarus that have been in place since December 14, 2006, in response to recent positive developments in that country.

Removing the Canadian sanctions, which included export prohibitions, follows on actions taken by the United States and the European Union since October 2015.

Since 2006 exports of non-humanitarian goods to Belarus have generally been denied. Canada also withdrew the benefit of the General Preferential Tariff from Belarus in August 2007.

As an interim measure while the regulatory process to remove Belarus from the ACL moves forward, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development will normally issue export permits for the export to Belarus of goods and technology that are not specifically listed in the Export Control List. This practice takes effect immediately.

Going forward, Canada will continue to monitor the evolving situation in Belarus and will engage with the Government of Belarus in order to advance human rights, democratic standards and norms, and respect for the rights of civil society.

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