Friday, August 1, 2014

Border traffic up

In April, Canada Border Services Agency officers at the Fort Frances port of entry processed 56,680 travellers in 32,404 vehicles.
That represents a six percent increase in travellers and a four percent increase in vehicles from April, 2013.

More than 311 international travellers entered by bus.
In April, officers conducted more than 549 immigration interviews, resulting in three visitor records, 32 work permits, and seven temporary resident permits.
In 12 cases, individuals decided to voluntarily withdraw their applications to enter Canada.
On April 9, a U.S. resident was seeking entry into Canada to camp overnight—even though there was snow on the ground and it was very cold.
She was referred for an immigration examination.
During the interview, it was determined this traveller had two previous inadmissibility documents issued in 2010.
The traveller had a very small amount of cash and was unable to support her stay while in Canada.
She was given the option of withdrawing her application to enter Canada and returned to the U.S. without incident.
Then on April 25, a U.S. resident attempted to enter into Canada and was referred for a secondary examination.
He was agitated and had been sleeping in his van.
During the examination, he was found to be criminally inadmissible due to several convictions, including burglary, felony auto theft, damage to property, and first-degree assault.
Also in April, CBSA officers conducted roughly 3,155 secondary examinations for customs purposes or on behalf of other government departments.
They also initiated seven seizure actions, one arrest, and issued additional written warnings for undeclared or undervalued goods.
On April 18, two U.S. residents arrived at the port of entry and wanted to enter Canada for two days.
The driver declared one litre of alcohol, four beers, and roughly $350 in gifts to be left in Canada.
In addition, he declared airplane floats and airplane skis valued at $5,500, which he intended to sell in Canada.
Officers suspected the airplane parts were undervalued and eventually determined the importer actually had paid $10,500, not $5,500.
The airplane parts were seized for undervaluation and released back to the importer upon payment of $1,374.75.
Had the parts been declared at their proper value, the importer would have paid roughly $650.
On April 26, a returning Canadian resident declared a boat, motor, and trailer package purchased in the U.S., and paid the applicable taxes.
After further processing, officers discovered additional goods, including fishing gear and lifejackets, totalling $565.34 were purchased but not declared.
The goods were seized for non-report and released back to the importer upon payment of $169.60.
Had all the goods been declared properly, the applicable taxes would have amounted to $73.49.
The CBSA reminds travellers to truthfully declare all purchases and goods received outside of Canada upon their return.
Smuggling, undervaluation, and other Customs Act offences may lead to seizure and/or prosecution.

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