All people coming into and departing Canada are subject to the Customs Act. The Customs Act and its regulations provide the legal framework for what and how items may be brought into and out of Canada.
The Customs Act creates a number of offences:
The penalties for any violation can be substantial. Customs Act offences can lead to significant financial penalties, seizure and forfeiture of all items, and time in prison. Further, there is potential for parallel criminal charges.
Mr. Filkow is very experienced defending against Customs Act charges. If you are facing Customs Act charges contact the Filkow Law at 604-558-8778
The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) is the primary government agency that enforces the Customs Act. CBSA officers have broad powers to search, and are allowed to search anyone who has arrived in Canada or who is about to leave Canada. This includes opening and searching any goods, packages, or containers. Moreover, CBSA officers have the same powers as an ordinary police or peace officer, such as the power to detain people or make arrests.
Customs offences are treated very seriously and may have lasting implications including lifetime travel problems. Filkow Law deals extensively with Customs Act cases in Court and with the other Federal authorities involved.
Many people charged with fraud or theft feel overwhelmed and have many questions about Customs Act laws. Here are typical questions: