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CBSA Improves Data Tracking After Review Finds 19,000 Obsolete Watch List Entries

Following an evaluation by the Auditor General of Canada late last year, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has conducted an internal review and made changes to the way it handles data on lookout flags for travelers it considers suspicious. A new report from Public Safety Canada prepared at the behest of the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons details the findings of the CBSA review and the measures that the agency is taking t...

New CBSA Trade Compliance Verification Priorities

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) recently released a list of tariff classifications, valuations, and origins that it intends to target for audits in the second half of the year. New Tariff Classifications cover many items New tariff classifications of interest include batteries, gazebos, apparel samples, ethylene bags, shoes worth more than $30 per pair, hair extensions, machinery for public works, certain sacks and bags, special purp...

You Can’t Take it With You – U.S. Marijuana, That Is

Canada has long been America’s second-favorite source of foreign marijuana (after Mexico), but Washington state’s legalization of non-medical sales of the drug has now created the potential for traffic in the other direction. In an effort to nip any such traffic in the bud, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is reminding would-be marijuana tourists that taking cannabis north isn’t any more legal than smuggling it south. CBSA Makes it...

Continuing ILWU-PMA negotiations present potential for West Coast trade disruptions

Longshoremen at West Coast ports have been working without a contract since the beginning of the month, raising concerns of a disruption along the lines of the 2002 lockout. A six-year agreement between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents port operators, shippers, and stevedores, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), representing dock workers, expired on July 1st. Both Sides in Negotiations The two g...

Canadian truckers oppose increase in U.S. agricultural inspection fees

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has come out strongly against an April proposal by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to more than triple Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection (AQI) program fees for trucks entering the U.S. from Canada. The fees are supposed to pay for the work of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in preventing entry of invasive plant and anim...