Advance notification of coasting trade for foreign vessels

Eligible vessel owners and operators must provide advance notice to Transport Canada before providing coasting trade services without a licence in Canada. Learn who is eligible to provide these services, and when and how to give advance notice.

Who is eligible

Vessel owners or operators must provide advance notice if they intend to provide the following coasting trade services without a licence in Canada:

  • feeder services
  • dredging services
  • repositioning empty containers

The following vessel owners and operators are eligible to provide coasting trade services (as listed above) without a licence in Canada:

When to give advance notice

You must submit a Vessel Advance Notification Form before you enter Canadian waters, at least:

  • 20 business days prior to the arrival of a vessel undertaking dredging activities and continuous feeder services
  • 10 business days prior to the arrival of the vessel undertaking singe-trip feeder services
  • 3 business days prior to the vessel’s arrival or the vessel undertaking the activity of repositioning empty containers

What you need to know before you start

Before completing the form, read the following guidance document(s) related to the applicable coasting trade activity:

Submit separate forms for each activity.

Supporting documentation is required with each notification form, including:

  • articles of incorporation
  • trust, joint venture, partnership or other association agreement
  • official documents issued by a business registration authority in Canada or an EU country
  • proof of citizenship, permanent residency, or nationality of each person holding voting shares of the corporation or an interest in a third party trust, partnership, joint venture or other association

Eligible EU entities must take measures to demonstrate they meet any applicable requirements before using a foreign vessel to provide coasting trade services without a licence in Canada. The vessel owner is responsible for providing all supporting documents to Transport Canada. Documents must establish that the vessel owner has met the conditions set out in the Coasting Trade Act.

Forms must be submitted in either English or French. All documents completed in another language must be accompanied by a translation in English or French and an affidavit signed by the translator attesting to the accuracy of the translation.

Transport Canada reserves the right to request further information, if necessary.

Non-personal information on the forms, including the vessel name, activity, and activity location, may be shared with other federal government departments.

Failure to provide advance notification could result in enforcement action taken against the vessel.

How to submit a Vessel Advance Notification Form

More information

Existing regulatory and legal requirements on foreign vessels operating in Canadian waters, such as Customs Tariffs and safety and pollution prevention requirements, are still in effect. Learn about the requirements for foreign vessels.

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