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

First published by the Journal of Commerce – May 2015

On April 3, 2015, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a report entitled: “Rules, Rates and Practices Related to Detention, Demurrage and Free Time for Containerized Imports and Exports Moving Through Selected United States Ports.” The report summarized the results of a series of listening

The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) may detain any goods that are being exported from Canada if the CBSA is concerned that the goods are being exported contrary to Canada’s export controls and economic sanctions laws.  This happens with increasing frequency these days. A number of clients have received notifications from the CBSA that their exports have been detained.

The process usually starts with a notification by the freight forwarded/shipper to the export that the container has been stopped and held for Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System (VACIS) inspection by the CBSA.  This inspection has an associated fee.  The CBSA undertakes a scan and if the good looks like it may be a controlled good the shipment is stopped.

The CBSA detains a shipment and then asks the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), Export Controls Division if they have issued an export permit for the goods.  If there isn’t an export permit, the Export Controls Division contacts the exporter so that they may determine if an export permit is necessary (that is, whether the goods are contained on Canada’s Export Controls List).  Usually, the exporter receives an email with the following request from an officer in the Export Controls Division:
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