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 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

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Customs StopThe phrase “thickening of the border” equates with increased regulations and costs, which result in difficulties or slow-downs at the border such that goods and people move at the pace of molasses. Border wait times increase as new border charges are paid and shipments are inspected and border officers assess risks.  Any thickening of

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There are reports that President Trump is considering an Executive Order to require the Department of Homeland Security, and in particular U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP), to ask foreign visitors to provide information about their social media profiles and access to their computer contact lists.  This would include Canadian lawyers. The access to

Canada-US GlobeOn June 17, 2016, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness introduced Bill C-23 “an Act respecting the preclearance of persons and goods in Canada and the United States” (to be known as the “Preclearance Act 2016″) in the House of Commons.  This proposed legislation does not impose obligations in the United

Canada-US GlobeMost Canadian businesses do not relish a visit from a Canadian tax auditor and also do not view with anticipation a fax from the United States Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) asking to come for a visit to conduct a NAFTA verification of their certificates of origin.

NAFTA Article 506 sets out the authority for

Christmas TurkeyThanksgiving is a time of year for families to get together.  There is a lot of food.  If your family is anything like my family, we exchange gifts with people we will not see over the Christmas holidays.

Border crossings get backed-up during important holidays, such as Thanksgiving.  This year, in 2015, due to the

Canada CustomsI hate to say it – A Canadian female NEXUS cardholder was caught by US Customs and Border Protection importing illegal crystal methamphetamine, prescription pills (more than 200 oxycodone pills) and other drug paraphernalia into the United States at the Peace Bridge borer crossing. She was arrested and turned over to the Buffalo Police Department.