CBSA observes its upcoming 20th anniversary, International Customs Day 2023 on Jan 26

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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will join other customs agencies around the world on Jan 26 in marking International Customs Day.

As each year, the World Customs Organization adopts a new theme, this year also a new theme was adopted which says, “nurturing the next generation by promoting a culture of knowledge-sharing and professional pride in customs”, one that resonates well with the CBSA, as we move into celebrating our 20th year anniversary this year.

Among the world leaders in promoting effective and efficient border management practices, CBSA prides itself on the professionalism of its employees and frontline officers with the improvements contributing to developing the next generation of customs officers.

Embracing a culture of knowledge and information sharing, and valuing our key domestic and international partnerships, CBSA border management is a shared global responsibility and most effectively by working together to deal with the threats and opportunities arising from migration and digitization, that we and our partners.

Aiming to reduce wait times important changes are also being made at Canada’s ports of entry, such as leveraging new technology for travellers and conveyances.

To facilitate the smooth flow of cross-border travel and trade, while intercepting illicit goods, important data-driven approaches are being adopted.

Key CBSA enforcement highlights, between January 1 and December 31, 2022, include:

  • Kept over 1,100 firearms and 24,400 prohibited weapons off our streets
  • Intercepted over 409,714 kg of tobacco preventing revenue evasion
  • Made 46,907 seizures
  • Seized 41,475.5 kg of illegal drugs, including 3,084 kg of Cocaine, 398 kg of Heroin, and 4 kg Fentanyl

Key CBSA initiatives include CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM); CBSA Advance Declaration; launching of eGates at Toronto Pearson International Airport with the use of Primary Inspection Kiosks; Land Border Crossing Project; The Secure Corridor Commercial Lane Enhancement project. 

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