Charlottetown, PEI, March 21, 2012 – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) reports that in 2011, more than 92,000 travellers, and 750 commercial shipments entered Canada via Prince Edward Island's air or marine ports of entry.
Canada's border services officers examine all persons and goods seeking entry to Canada at ports of entry, and some may be referred for more in-depth examinations, known as secondary examinations. These examinations may be for customs, immigration or on behalf of another government department such as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Secondary examinations of individual travellers resulted in a total of one weapons-related seizure action.
The CBSA has a specialized presence on Prince Edward Island. In February 2011, as part of the CBSA's 10-year arming initiative, the CBSA announced a partnership with the Atlantic Police Academy to use its Slemon Park facility to provide firearms training and two-day annual recertification sessions to armed officers to ensure that they maintain their skills.
After an absence from Canada of 24 hours, you may bring back $50 worth of goods duty- and tax-free; after 48 hours, your personal exemption is $400; and after an absence of seven days, you are entitled to $750 worth of duty- and tax-free goods. There are no personal exemptions for same-day purchases.
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 in a court of law. A record of infractions is kept in the CBSA computer system. If you have an infraction record, you may have to undergo a more detailed examination on future trips.
New regulations are in place related to certain foreign nationals who do not meet the requirements to overcome their criminal inadmissibility, to be allowed to enter Canada with a one-time only, fee-exempt temporary resident permit. For more information, please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Web site.
Please refer to the I Declare brochure on the CBSA Web site for more information.
Anyone with information about suspicious cross-border activity is encouraged to call the CBSA Border Watch Toll-free Line at 1-888-502-9060.
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CBSA Communications, Atlantic Region