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New and Updated Customs Notices

The following are available in their entirety on the Canada Border Services Agency website.

CN 17-35, Inclusion of certain Other Government Department regulated goods for personal use through the Courier Low Value Shipment Program

1. This notice is for the attention of participants in the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) Courier Low Value Shipment (CLVS) Program.

2. The CBSA in consultation with Health Canada (HC) has agreed to allow casual importations of cosmetics to be processed through the CLVS Program providing the importation is for personal use only and not for resale in Canada.

3. Personal importations of energy-using products are not regulated by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan); therefore, they may be processed through the CLVS Program.

4. In accordance with the Cosmetic Regulations under the Food and Drugs Act, cosmetics imported for sale within Canada are subject to specific regulatory requirements, and therefore remain ineligible for the CLVS Program.

5. The Energy Efficiency Regulations apply to energy-using products that are imported into Canada for the purpose of sale or lease, and these goods remain ineligible for the CLVS program.


CN 17-36, CFIA-ordered treatment now authorized at non-bonded locations for transiting goods re-entering Canada after having been refused entry by the United States

1. This notice applies to commercial shipments that have transited through Canada and are re-entering Canada after having been refused entry by the United States (U.S.) for plant or animal health concerns.

2. In order to mitigate the risk of the introduction or spread of harmful animal diseases and plant pests into Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) may order shipments to be treated in a specified manner and subsequently removed from Canada under the authority of the Plant Protection Act or the Health of Animals Act. The purpose of this notice is to enable the required treatment and removal to occur in the most expeditious and effective manner possible.

3. Pursuant to sub-section 19(2) of the Customs Act, unreleased commercial goods are only allowed to be delivered to CBSA bonded locations within Canada such as sufferance warehouses, duty free shops and other Customs offices.

4. Effective immediately, the CBSA will allow goods re-entering Canada after being refused entry by the U.S. to proceed to a non-bonded location for treatment provided that all of the following criteria are met:

a. The CFIA has issued a Notice of Requirement to Treat or Process under the Health of Animals Act or Plant Protection Act.

b. The CFIA has issued the required Movement Certificate(s) under the Health of Animals Act or Plant Protection Act authorizing movement to the specified non-bonded treatment location in Canada.

c. The goods are transported to and from the specified treatment location in Canada by aCBSA bonded carrier.