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Customs Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. 1 (2nd Supp.))

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Act current to 2024-04-01 and last amended on 2024-02-19. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Report

  •  (1) Subject to this section, all goods that are imported shall, except in such circumstances and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed, be reported at the nearest customs office designated for that purpose that is open for business.

  • Marginal note:Time and manner of report

    (2) Goods shall be reported under subsection (1) at such time and in such manner as the Governor in Council may prescribe.

  • Marginal note:Who reports

    (3) Goods shall be reported under subsection (1)

    • (a) in the case of goods in the actual possession of a person arriving in Canada, or that form part of the person’s baggage where the person and the person’s baggage are being carried on board the same conveyance, by that person or, in prescribed circumstances, by the person in charge of the conveyance;

    • (a.1) in the case of goods imported by courier or as mail, by the person who exported the goods to Canada;

    • (b) in the case of goods, other than goods referred to in paragraph (a) or goods imported as mail, on board a conveyance arriving in Canada, by the person in charge of the conveyance; and

    • (c) in any other case, by the person on behalf of whom the goods are imported.

  • Marginal note:Goods returned to Canada

    (3.1) For greater certainty, for the purposes of the reporting of goods under subsection (1), the return of goods to Canada after they are taken out of Canada is an importation of those goods.

  • Marginal note:Where goods are reported outside Canada

    (4) Subsection (1) does not apply in respect of goods that are reported in the manner prescribed under subsection (2) prior to importation at a customs office outside Canada unless an officer requires that the goods be reported again under subsection (1) after importation.

  • Marginal note:Exception — entry and departure

    (5) Subject to the regulations, unless an officer otherwise requires, this section does not apply in respect of goods on board a conveyance

    • (a) that enters Canadian waters, including the inland waters, or the airspace over Canada directly from outside Canada and then leaves Canada, as long as

      • (i) in the case of a conveyance other than an aircraft, the conveyance did not anchor, moor or make contact with another conveyance while in Canadian waters, including the inland waters, or

      • (ii) in the case of an aircraft, the conveyance did not land while in Canada; or

    • (b) that leaves Canadian waters, including the inland waters, or the airspace over Canada and then re-enters Canada, as long as

      • (i) in the case of a conveyance other than an aircraft, the conveyance did not anchor, moor or make contact with another conveyance while outside Canada, or

      • (ii) in the case of an aircraft, the conveyance did not land while outside Canada.

  • Marginal note:Written report

    (6) If goods are required by the regulations to be reported under subsection (1) in writing, they shall be reported in the prescribed form with the prescribed information or in such form and with such information as is satisfactory to the Minister.

  • Marginal note:Certain goods not subject to seizure

    (7) Goods described in tariff item No. 9813.00.00 or 9814.00.00 in the List of Tariff Provisions set out in the schedule to the Customs Tariff

    • (a) that are in the actual possession of a person arriving in Canada, or that form part of his baggage, where the person and his baggage are being carried on board the same conveyance,

    • (b) that are not charged with duties, and

    • (c) the importation of which is not prohibited under the Customs Tariff or prohibited, controlled or regulated under any Act of Parliament other than this Act or the Customs Tariff

    may not be seized as forfeit under this Act by reason only that they were not reported under this section.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 1 (2nd Supp.), s. 12, c. 41 (3rd Supp.), s. 119
  • 1992, c. 28, s. 3
  • 1996, c. 31, s. 75
  • 1997, c. 36, s. 149
  • 2001, c. 25, s. 12
  • 2015, c. 3, s. 60(F)
  • 2017, c. 11, s. 3
  • 2022, c. 10, s. 305(E)

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