"Munitions List"
Category 2-18

Canada has exported products in Category 2-18 to seven countries in the Middle East & North Africa
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2-18: Production equipment

Equipment and technology for the production of equipment or materials on the list.

The above summary -- by the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT) for its web report "Canadian Military Exports to the Middle East and North Africa" -- was derived from a detailed description of this category of munitions published by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) in a document called A Guide to Canada’s Export Controls (June 2006).  This DFAIT document describes seven different groups of products on the "Export Control List" whose export is "controlled" by the Government of Canada.  One of these seven groups, known as "Group 2" or the "Munitions List," is comprised of 22 categories of military products.  These are the categories of products whose export is documented in a series of DFAIT documents published since 1990, called Export of Military Goods from Canada.

The relevant section from A Guide to Canada’s Export Controls detailing this category on the "Munitions List" is provided below:

Saudi Arabia


Equipment for the production of products referred to in the Munitions List, as follows:

a. Specially designed or modified production equipment for the production of products controlled by the Munitions List, and specially designed components therefor;

b. Specially designed environmental test facilities and specially designed equipment therefor, for the certification, qualification or testing of products controlled by the Munitions List.

Technical Note:

For the purposes of 2-18., the term ‘production’ includes design, examination, manufacture, testing and checking.

Note 1:

2-18.a. and 2-18.b. include the following equipment:

a. Continuous nitrators;

b. Centrifugal testing apparatus or equipment having any of the following characteristics:

1. Driven by a motor or motors having a total rated horsepower of more than 298 kW (400 hp);

2. Capable of carrying a payload of 113 kg or more; or

3. Capable of exerting a centrifugal acceleration of 8 g or more on a payload of 91 kg or more;

c. Dehydration presses;

d. Screw extruders specially designed or modified for military explosive extrusion;

e. Cutting machines for the sizing of extruded propellants;

f. Sweetie barrels (tumblers) 1.85 m or more in diameter and having over 227 kg product capacity;

g. Continuous mixers for solid propellants;

h. Fluid energy mills for grinding or milling the ingredients of military explosives;

i. Equipment to achieve both sphericity and uniform particle size in metal powder listed in 2-8.c.8.;

j. Convection current converters for the conversion of materials listed in 2-8.c.3.

Note 2:

a. The term ‘products referred to in the Munitions List’ includes:

1. Products not controlled if inferior to specified concentrations as follows:

a. Hydrazine (see 2-8.c.4.);

b. “Explosives” (see 2-8.);

2. Products not controlled if inferior to technical limits, (i.e. “superconductive” materials not controlled by 1-1.C.5. on the Dual-Use List; “superconductive” electromagnets not controlled by 1-3.A.1.e.3. on the Dual-Use List; “superconductive” electrical equipment excluded from control under 2-20.b.);

3. Metal fuels and oxidants deposited in laminar form from the vapour phase (see 2-8.c.5. );

b. The term ‘products referred to in the Munitions List’ does not include:

1 Signal pistols (see 2-2.b.);

2. The substances excluded from control under Note 3 to 2-7.;

3. Personal radiation monitoring dosimeters (see 2-7.g.) and masks for protection against specific industrial hazards, see also Dual-Use List;

4. Difluoroamine and potassium nitrate powder (see Note 6 to 2-8.);

5. Aero-engines excluded from control under 2-10.;

6. Conventional steel helmets not equipped with, or modified or designed to accept, any type of accessory device (see Note 2 to Item 2-13.);

7. Equipment fitted with industrial machinery, which is not controlled such as coating machinery not elsewhere specified and equipment for the casting of plastics;

8. Muskets, rifles and carbines dated earlier than 1938, reproductions of muskets, rifles and carbines dated earlier than 1890, revolvers, pistols and machine guns dated earlier than 1890, and their reproductions;

Note 3:

Note 2.b.8. of 2-18. does not release from controls production equipment for non-antique small arms, even if used to produce reproductions of antique small arms.

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