UCC Welcomes Addition of Ukraine to the AFCCL
December 13, 2017. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) welcomes the addition of Ukraine to the Automatic Firearms Country Control List (AFCCL), announced today by the Government of Canada.
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, stated “I’m delighted to make this announcement today. The addition of Ukraine to the AFCCL reflects the close ties our countries share. Canada and Canadians will continue to stand with the people of Ukraine and support Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.”
The UCC has advocated for the addition of Ukraine to the AFCCL since June 2015, when the Government of Canada launched public consultations on the issue.
“The addition of Ukraine to the AFCCL will provide Ukraine with the opportunity to access state-of-the-art Canadian-made equipment. These weapons will contribute to Ukraine’s ability to defend itself against Russia’s ongoing invasion,” stated Paul Grod, National President of the UCC. “The addition of Ukraine to the AFCCL is another important step in the strengthening of the defence, security and economic relationship between our two countries.”
The addition of a country to the AFCCL allows exporters to apply for permits for the commercial export of prohibited firearms, weapons, and devices from Canada to that country. The export of such items must be authorized in advance by an export permit issued by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
For the press release from the Government of Canada, please see here: Canada adds Ukraine to Automatic Firearms Country Control List