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DFATD Releases Foroughi’s Video Installation

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has signed a permit for Iranian-born filmmaker Sadaf Foroughi to retrieve a video viewing box that has been in storage at the Montreal airport since it was stopped en route from Iran by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) last month. Box was created with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts Foroughi had created the box, a miniature metal building known as a shahre farang and traditionally use...

Non-Resident Importers Now Eligible for Customs Self Assessment Program

Canada and the U.S. last Monday announced the implementation of several changes to the Trusted Traveler and Trusted Trader programs laid out in the 2011 Beyond the Border Action Plan. They include opening the Customs Self Assessment (CSA) program to American firms registered as non-resident importers; an enhanced CSA-Platinum classification available to importers with effective compliance systems; an eGate pilot project at the Peace Bridge border...

Couple to Face Smuggling Charges for Trying to Drive New SUV into Canada

Emmanuel Tava, 41, and Fortune Mendaza, 38, a husband and wife from Stittsville, Ontario, have been charged under the Customs Act with attempted smuggling and evasion of the payment of duties in relation to a 2015 SUV that they allegedly tried to drive across the border without declaring for import. The two have a hearing date this Friday, July 18, at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brockville. Tava and Mendaza have not commented on the matter...

Name Tags on Border Services Officers Here to Stay

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has said that it will continue to require its border services officers (BSOs) to wear name tags after a July 3 decision by the Occupational Health and Safety Tribunal Canada. The tribunal's ruling found that the name tags are a hazard to BSOs, obliging the CBSA under the Labour Code and Occupational Health and Safety Regulations to take preventive measures to protect its agents. It stated that the CBSA mus...

Canada Council Film Project held by Customs

Part of a video installation created by Iranian-born filmmaker Sadaf Foroughi under a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts has been detained by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on the basis that it violates a ban on imports from Iran. Foroughi has filed an appeal with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) arguing that the piece falls under the personal effects exemption to the sanctions, but time may be ru...