On June 7, 2019, Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) confirmed in Chen v. Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, 2019 FCA 170, that the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) cannot seize goods that were imported more than 6 years ago (even if the duties were not paid). In Chen, the

The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) has the power to issue fines of up to $CDN 1,300 if you fail to report meat in your possession.  The CBSA has the authority to examine goods in the possession on travelers arriving in Canada and airports, land border crossings and at other ports of entry. The CBSA

The use of cannabis is legal in Canada. The Cannabis Act, Bill C-45, was passed by Canada’s House of Commons on November 27, 2018 and the Senate on June 7, 2018.  Bill C-45 received royal assent on June 21, 2018.  Most provisions of the Cannabis Act entered into force on October 17, 2018.

Be careful what you purchase online on sites such as eBay, Kijiji, Craigslist, etc.  If the goods that are shipped to you by a vendor outside North America are counterfeit, you may receive a letter from Customs and Border Protection (“USCBP”) or the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) notifying you that your NEXUS membership has

The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) is granted the power to examine goods imported by travelers and returning residents.  Section 99 of the Customs Act gives CBSA officers the power to examine your suitcase, your purse, your backpack, your briefcase and your electronic devices. The word “goods” is defined in subsection 2(1) of the Customs

Recently, there have been multiple incidents of Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) officers stopping artists for secondary screening.  We are aware of a number of incidents. The incidents occurred at multiple border crossings.  In all cases, the CBSA equated being an artist with being a drug mule.

In one incident, Tim Hogan, a Canadian indigenous

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If the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) confiscates or cancels your NEXUS Card due to an enforcement action (e.g. the CBSA seizes goods because you failed to declare the goods or the value provided to the CBSA was incorrect), your NEXUS Card will be cancelled for 6 years.  Normally, you lose your trusted traveler

Are Canadians, residents of Canada and visitors to Canada required to report prescription medications to the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”)? The answer appears to be “YES”. The CBSA takes the position that you must declare all legally prescribed medications to them upon your return to or entry into Canada.  I am not kidding.  I

On February 8, 2018, the Federal Court of Canada released its decision in Gunwani Sodhi v. The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, 2018 FC 145 in which Justice Campbell found that the confiscation of Mr. Sodhi’s NEXUS membership by the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) lacked justification. This is the first Canadian

The U.S. federal government was shut down at midnight this morning after a funding bill did not get 60 votes in the United States Senate. While the politicians work to find a solution before Monday, Canadians are reminded that the last U.S. federal government shut down lasted 16 days and a previous shutdown lasted 27