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Customs Act Charges

What is the Customs Act?

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:

  • Smuggling
  • Illegal goods
  • Misdescribing goods
  • Making false statements
  • Hindering an officer
  • Possessing blank documents
  • Breaking or tampering with seals
  • Marking goods
  • Not presenting to an officer
  • Not answering questions truthfully
  • Not allowing an officer to examine goods
  • Removing goods from a customs office
  • Not producing documents when asked

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.

More than 20 years of experience in Customs Act cases

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.

Your questions about Customs Act charges need expert answers

Many people charged with fraud or theft feel overwhelmed and have many questions about Customs Act laws. Here are typical questions:

  • How can a lawyer help me with a Customs Act charge?
  • What are the penalties or consequences for Customs Act offences?
  • Can I go to jail for a Customs Act offence?
  • What is the best way to deal with my Customs Act charge?
  • What happens if I’m found guilty of employee theft — stealing from an employer?

Contact Filkow Law if you have a Customs problem at 1-855-558-8778.