The Agency is responsible for determining if Canadian ships are suitable and available to operate commercial services in Canadian waters, which may otherwise be provided by foreign or non duty-paid ships upon request by a resident of Canada.
In July 2010, the Agency released an updated version of its Guidelines Respecting Coasting Trade Licence Applications. The Guidelines were developed through extensive consultations with stakeholders and interested parties from across the country's marine sector.
80% of coasting trade applications processed within 90 days (when an offer is made)
Modifications to the Guidelines clarify:
The Agency's expectations with respect to the timing of applications and offers;
The content of submissions to ensure that they contain all relevant facts and circumstances;
The roles and responsibilities of the applicant, the ship offeror and the Agency throughout the decision-making process;
The Agency's mandate under the Coasting Trade Act; and
The Agency's administrative process, under which Canadian owners or operators of suitable and available vessels are provided an opportunity to object to applications for the use of foreign vessels in Canadian waters.