- OnJune 30, 2020, the CBSA eliminated the paper-based export declaration form (B13A). All export declarations and summary reports must now be submitted by all clients electronically and can be done so using the newCanadian Export Reporting System(CERS). CERS is a free, web-based, self-service portal that allows the exporting community to electronically report their goods to the CBSA. CERS eliminates the need for exporters and customs service providers to download software and provides new features to improve data accuracy and reporting expediency. The implementation of CERS also establishes a technological platform to support the future needs and priorities of the export program.
- The CBSA continues to collaborate with industry Trade Chain Partners towards implementation of the CBSA Accounts and Revenue Management project in 2022 to simplify the importation process and provide modern border services forCanada’sTrade Community.
In response to the pandemic, the CBSA worked hard to enable physical distancing across it’s various practices and ensure the flow of essential goods.
- The CBSA introduced the Electronic Longroom, an email and digital stamping service. Commercial clients can use this service instead of submitting paper documents, allowing the continued movement of cargo without the need for face-to-face interaction. The Agency now has 31 locations offering the e-Longroom service, and other locations are preparing to come onboard.
- By pivoting to replace paper processing with “touchless” methods, the CBSA created cost savings and reduced a three day process to hours for deconsolidation and the clearance of goods. This helped keep supply chains strong and merchandise on Canadian store shelves with commercial goods imported from around the globe.
Even with the new operational challenges brought on by the COVID-19 environment, the Agency continued to interdict firearms, opioids and other contraband, as well as accurately assess duties and taxes on legitimate imports.
- Border Services Officers kept over 39,000 weapons off the streets of our communities in 2020. This represents a 135% increase over the total number of weapons seized for all of 2019. Additionally, 437 firearms were seized for the period ofJanuary 1 to October 31, 2020.
- FromJanuary 1 to October 31, 2020, the CBSA seized 391,848 kg of tobacco and 1,047 kg of cocaine. The total value of all drugs seized during that time was approximately$342 million.
- Trade Compliance Officers determined that a foreign importer of personalized stationaries contravened theCustoms Actresulting in$1.9 millionCAD in customs duties, GST and interest recovered. The total amount of duties and taxes (customs duties, surtaxes and GST) assessed nationally fromJanuary 1 to October 31, 2020was approximately$24 million.
These are a few of the many examplesfrom theCBSA’s enforcement and operational highlights for 2020.The Agency also undertook enforcement measures through anti-dumping and countervailing investigations to address unfair trading practices during the pandemic, particularly on steel products such as heavy plate, concrete reinforcing bar, and grinding media.In closing, the CBSA continues to implement measures to limit the spread of this pandemic, while collaborating with international partners, such as the World Customs Organization, to coordinate efforts to ensure the integrity of the global trade supply chains. The CBSA will continue to support border security, economic prosperity, and trade and travel facilitation to protect Canadians and enable our country’s economic growth.Quotes“CBSA officers are amongCanada’simportant frontline workers, protecting Canadians day and night by keeping our border secure, reducing the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining the flow of essential goods to strengthenCanada’seconomy. This International Customs Day, I want to recognize the professionalism and the unwavering service of CBSA employees who continue to come through for Canadians during these unprecedented times. It is thanks to their dedication that the essential goods needed most right now, such as the vaccines and personal protective equipment, get cleared at the border as soon as possible for entry intoCanada.”The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency PreparednessQuick facts
- There are exemptions in place on mandatory quarantine to ensure that critical infrastructure, essential services and economic supply chains continue to function normally betweenCanadaand the U.S. Workers who are critical to our economy and infrastructure are permitted to enterCanada, including truck drivers, firefighters and medical workers.
- Cross-border supply chains are vital to the continued flow of goods, including food and medical supplies for all Canadians. No measures have been introduced restricting commercial shipments or rendering certain products as non-essential. There were a total of 4,088,094 truck drivers enteringCanadafromMarch 21 to January 3, 2021.
- As ofDecember 30, 2020, 78 shipments of Pfizer vaccines and 1 shipment of Moderna vaccines have been cleared at various airports and 2 land borders.
- CBSA 2020 operational and enforcement highlights
- CBSA 2020 Statistics forJanuary 1 to October 31, 2020
- Electronic Longroom
- Dumping and subsidy investigations
- World Customs Organization
- COVID-19: Travel restrictions, exemptions and advice
SOURCE Canada Border Services AgencyView original content:http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/January2021/25/c6580.html