Missile Technology Control Regime

The Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) is an informal voluntary association of 35countries acting to limit trade in unmanned delivery systems that can deliver weapons of mass destruction (WMD). It seeks to coordinate national export licensing to prevent the spread of WMD.

Canada and all MTCR partners have voluntarily introduced export licences for rockets, missiles, and other unmanned air delivery systems. Licences are also needed for related equipment, material and technology, to deter those who seek to build or acquire unmanned WMD delivery systems and related technologies.

For Canada, the MTCR control list can be found in Group 6 of the Export Control List.

MTCR partners closely watch transfers of missile and UAV equipment, material, and related technologies that can be used to deliver WMD.

Partners apply common export policy guidelines based on a common list of controlled items.

The MTCR does not make export licensing decisions as a group. Individual partners have discretion to implement the MTCR Guidelines and Annex according to their national legislation and practices. Partners regularly trade relevant data about export licence issues.

Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States established the MTCR in 1987.

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