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Conditional Sentence for Importing Prohibited Weapons into Canada

A Saint John's businessman, Scott Joseph Waterman, 32, who pleaded guilty to importing prohibited weapons into Canada, has received a conditional sentence of one year, as well as 18 months on probation and a 10-year ban on possessing firearms. Waterman bought the pepper spray and stun guns at a flea market in Florida while on a family vacation in 2012, then mailed them from the US to his address in Newfoundland and Labrador. Unfortunately for hi...

CBP advice on boat travel around the Michigan-Canada border

The summer boating season is getting underway, and the Detroit office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued reporting guidelines for boat owners planning to sail the waters between the US and Canada. The CBP aims to maintain American border security with minimal interference to cross-border traffic, and the Detroit office notes that Michigan's lengthy water border with Canada and large number of pleasure boat registrations make ...

Canada Open to Paying for US Customs Plaza in Detroit

Lisa Raitt, the Canadian Minister of Transport, has said the New International Trade Crossing between Windsor and Detroit is so important that Canada would consider paying 250 million dollars to build a customs plaza at the American end of the bridge after the Obama administration failed to include this item in its budget for next year. Canada is already set to pay almost all of the multi-billion dollar cost of the project, but Raitt told the De...

Improvements to NEXUS coming soon

Improvements to Nexus Members of the Nexus program will be receiving further benefits from the CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) as a result of the government of Canada’s Beyond the Border Action Plan. These benefits include: Streamlined membership renewal process Eight new NEXUS lanes at six of the major land ports of entry Expanded Trusted Traveler Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) security screening lines in pre-cle...

Duty Free: Canada – E.U. Trade Pact

Duty free: Details surfacing on trade pact between Canada and E.U.   Today, The conservative federal government tabled a report in the house of commons detailing some of the negotiation between Canadian and European leaders, shedding some light as to what we can expect from this landmark trade agreement.   Elimination of duty   It is expected that up to 98% of duty on European goods will be removed day one the trade agreemen...