Step 3: The Federal Permit Process

If the logs are to leave the country, the owner/agent must also apply for a federal export permit. That federal application must include a valid provincial permit. The Canada Border Service Agency oversees exports at loading docks or the border.

The federal government also regulates exports of logs harvested from private land granted before March 12, 1906 using the same surplus test procedure before granting a federal export permit.  Most First Nations lands can apply directly to the DFAIT.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) helps ensure that exporters and carriers comply with national policies, processes, procedures, regulations and legislation related to exporting goods. Additionally, the CBSA helps maintain Canada’s trade reputation by ensuring that exports comply with international agreements and conventions signed by Canada.

Learn about Canada's role in international plant protection.