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Second Annual US/Canada Border Conference takes place in Detroit this month

There are only a couple of weeks left to register for the much-anticipated 2nd Annual US/Canada Border Conference before its September 16th opening at Detroit’s Cobo Center. The event is intended to advance the implementation of the 2011 Beyond the Border U.S.-Canada joint declaration by providing a convenient place for concerned government agencies and businesses from both countries to meet, attend seminars, and discuss mutually beneficial ...

R&D Payments to Foreign Suppliers Subject to Customs Duties

A Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) ruling earlier this year means that Canadian companies must add payments for design and development to the declared customs value of imported goods under certain circumstances. Recent Decision is a Game Changer The decision in Skechers USA Canada Inc. v The President of the Canada Border Services Agency (2013), AP-2012-073 (CITT) arose out of an appeal against the CBSA's determination that the R&am...

General Aviation Organizations Urge Cooperation on Procedures for Cross-border Flights

The U.S.-based Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) have weighed in on the Interactive Advance Passenger Information (IAPI) initiative of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Planes Must Transmit Passenger Information Before the Leave the Ground IAPI, which is scheduled for rollout in 2015, will require all planes flying from the U.S. to transmit passenger information to the CB...

White powder Scare at Ottawa airport FedEx facility

A Canada Border Services Agency employee working in the FedEx building at Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport was exposed to a white powder last Monday morning. The employee somehow got the powder in the eyes and was sent to a hospital for evaluation and treatment after Ottawa Fire Services responded to the incident. The HAZMAT team moved other workers to a safe part of the facility on Thad Johnson Private while examining the area...

Daniel Radcliffe’s Comic-Con Plans Disrupted by Visa Snag

British actor Daniel Radcliffe, best known for playing Harry Potter in the film series based on J.K. Rowling’s bestselling books, was unable to travel to the San Diego Comic-Con International for a scheduled appearance last Thursday after a visa issue kept him in Canada. He was eventually able to get the correct endorsement from the U.S. consulate in Toronto and made it to a Friday afternoon panel discussion in support of his upcoming film Horn...