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CBSA: Fraud Alert

Alert: Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Potential Phone-Scam Fraud   The Canada Border Services Agency has recently learned that potential scam artists are contacting Canadian citizens claiming to be members of the CBSA Border Information Services. These individuals are requesting confidential personal information, as well as payments over the phone. The Canada Border Services Agency BIS is a call center for free information servi...

What to Expect: Secondary Inspections and Services

Secondary Inspections  The CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) is the first line of defense for anything and anyone entering the country. CBSA officers work tirelessly around the clock to ensure Canada's safety & security by managing and monitoring access to persons and goods. Whether arriving by land, sea or air, at any point during your interaction with a CBSA officer, you may be referred for secondary inspection. Not to worry though. B...

Alcohol and Tobacco Limits: What to expect when Traveling Abroad

What are the alcohol and tobacco limits when travelling abroad?   When returning to Canada at any border point, restrictions apply to the amount of tobacco and alcohol you can bring back with you under your personal exemption. If you are a Canadian Citizen of legal age and have been outside of the country for at least 48 hours, you are duty and tax exempt for the following amounts:    Alcohol: 1.14 L (40 oz.) of liquor; or 1.5 ...

Crossing the border with cash $10,000+

Hit it big at the poker tables out of town? This post is for you. Here's what to expect crossing the border with cash.   One major problem facing Canada and the rest of the world today is money laundering and terrorist financing. Since 9/11, Canada has introduced even stricter measures to counter the insurgency of this practice; including the Proceeds of crime and terrorist financing act.  This piece of legislation does not restrict the...

Duties and Taxes: How to pay for them

What are duties and Taxes & How do i pay for them?  To those who are not familiar, duties can be somewhat of a mystery and seem extremely arbitrary -but there is in fact good reason for them. Duty is put in place to protect Canadian industry and is established by the Canadian Department of finance. Duty rates may vary greatly from one product to another, depending on that products manufacturing in Canada.  If your imported goods are manufa...