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Under-valued ATV nets penalty


In October, Canada Border Services Agency officers at the Fort Frances port of entry (POE) processed more than 53,000 travellers in 33,800 vehicles, as well as 744 commercial trucks.

Twenty-two charter buses and 941 pedestrians also were processed during the month.

The CBSA also conducted more than 1,800 secondary examinations for customs purposes.


Officers at the Fort Frances POE conducted more than 2,800 immigration interviews resulting in the issuance of 12 work permits, 16 visitor records, and 29 Remote Area Border Crossing (RABC) permits.

Forty-eight people were found to have various admissibility issues, of which 26 were refused entry to Canada.

The other 22 individuals were allowed entry on a temporary visitor permit.

There were four cases of serious criminality, which included convictions for aggravated assault, break and enter, and assault with the intent to cause bodily harm.

These travellers were denied entry into Canada.


In October, CBSA officers conducted more than 1,800 secondary examinations for Customs purposes, initiated nine seizure actions, and issued an additional 12 written warnings for non-declared or under-valued goods.

On Oct. 2, a returning Canadian resident was found to be the subject of an arrest warrant for breach of an undertaking.

The individual was arrested at the POE and turned over to Treaty #3 Police.

On Oct. 7, a returning Canadian resident arrived at the Fort Frances POE and declared an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) with a value of $4,000 (U.S.)

However, BSOs were able to retrieve the original online ad for this particular ATV, which showed an asking price of $7,650 (U.S.)

The importer later admitted the purchase price actually was $7,500 (U.S.), and that he had lied to try and save some money on import taxes.

The ATV was seized for undervaluation and returned to the importer upon payment of a $2,216.38 penalty.

Had the full value been properly declared, the taxes payable would have been $171.

And on Oct. 12, the Fort Frances POE received a telephone call to advise officers that a returning Canadian resident was suspected of drinking and driving.

When the vehicle arrived at the POE, BSOs administered a roadside breath test and the individual blew a “warn.”

He left his vehicle at the POE and went home on foot.

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