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Dude pays $606 for video game controller. Customs seizes it

Tuesday, June 03, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

CANADA BORDER SERVICES AGENCY

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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) facilitates the entry of legitimate travellers and goods, while protecting the safety and security of Canadians and ensuring that Canada's border is not used for illegal activity.

This work is carried out by CBSA border services officers (BSOs) who ensure that the people, goods and conveyances entering Canada meet all requirements and are compliant with Canadian law.

In April 2014, CBSA officers at the Sault Ste. Marie port of entry (POE) processed 99,490 travellers, in 67,684 vehicles, which represents a nine percent decrease in travellers and a six percent decrease in vehicles from April 2013.

There were more than 245 international travellers arriving by bus.

Immigration highlights

In April, officers at the Sault Ste. Marie POE conducted more than 331 immigration interviews resulting in 12 Visitor Records, 19 Work Permits, and in 12 cases, individuals decided to voluntarily withdraw their applications to enter Canada.

On April 14, a U.S. resident arrived at the POE seeking entry into Canada.

During the immigration interview, the individual admitted that he had a criminal record, including burglary, theft under $5,000 and theft of property.

He was deemed inadmissible to Canada due to his criminality and was given the option of voluntarily withdrawing his application to enter Canada.

He returned to the United States. 

On April 24, a U.S. resident arrived at the POE wanting to apply for an extension of his study permit that expired in 2012.

The individual did not have any of the required documentation proving that he was accepted to a school in Canada.

Officers informed the individual of the information needed to apply for a study permit and explained that he could apply at a later date. 

He was deemed inadmissible to Canada and was allowed to withdraw his application to enter Canada.

Certain foreign nationals who do not meet the requirements to overcome their criminal inadmissibility may 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 here

Customs highlights

In April, CBSA officers conducted approximately 2,526 secondary examinations for customs purposes or on behalf of other government departments, initiated three seizure actions, two arrests and issued additional written warnings for undeclared or undervalued goods.

On April 25, a returning Canadian resident was referred for a secondary examination.

During the exam, the officers discovered a video game controller that had not been declared.

The value of the controller was $606.

The controller was seized for non-report and was released upon payment of $151.64. 

Had the traveller properly declared the controller, he would have paid approximately $79 in taxes.

On April 27, a returning Canadian resident was referred for a secondary examination.

The individual declared $130 worth of groceries.

During the exam, $103 worth of undeclared clothing and a duffel bag were discovered.

In addition, a bottle of alcohol was found.

The vehicle was seized for non-report of the miscellaneous items, and the alcohol was confiscated.

Upon payment of a penalty of $154.32, the vehicle, clothing and duffel bag were released back to the traveller.

Had the traveller properly declared the items, he would have paid approximately $47 in taxes.

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.

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Prrrrrrr 6/3/2014 2:04:17 PM Report

Idiots to not declare....
CB4 6/3/2014 2:12:35 PM Report

Sadly our customs only cares about how much was spent, or if alcohol was purchased ? When nuck retailers stop ripping off canucks, it will be fair !
black and grey 6/3/2014 2:34:47 PM Report

Our customs officers are very fair for the most part,there is no sense in lying about what you are bringing back.For the amount of times you are actually brought in to pay the taxes it is not worth it to lie simply because 9 times out of ten they will just let you through with reasonable spending.Be honest.....just not worth it.
Take 6/3/2014 3:03:07 PM Report

If you shop across the river, declare it. You run the possibility of getting caught and costing more.
Retailers here cant compete because Canadians get paid more per hour than their American counterparts. Min wage in Michigan presently is $9.00. Plus sales tax is only 6%.
Canadians want their cake and eat it too. Americans don't have health care coverage like we do.
People complain that Walmart chased out other retailers. Zellers closed across Canada. When people shop across river it doesn't entice companies like Target for coming here, because statistics show demand not here.
Sam C 6/3/2014 4:30:14 PM Report

What we think are "bargains" in the US, are the everyday prices for them, and they complain about the prices they pay. Everything is relative, as Take explains quite well.

As an example... And this is from the mid-90s... I stopped in Lapeer at a restaurant. I had the choice between a hot buffet for $6.50, or ordering off the menu. I chose the buffet.

An older couple came in and sat near me. The server asked them which they were having, and the gentleman said, " I was going to have the buffet, but I see its gone up to six dollars and a half."

What I thought was a bargain was too expensive for them.
Baron 6/3/2014 4:34:18 PM Report

To Take. What Health care system are you talking about?
Take 6/3/2014 6:16:39 PM Report

To Baron:
The Health Care Im referring to is when you have no Employer provided Health Care in Canada, Ohip picks up some of the cost.
In the states they arent that lucky.
Ive recently gone from Employer benefits to OHIP, not everything covered but alot better than friends of mine from Michigan have.
Stugatzu 6/3/2014 6:26:55 PM Report

A $606 video game controller? A controller?!?!?!?!?


What was it made out of, platinum?
The Youth Online Club 6/3/2014 7:24:22 PM Report

I know!!! I would like to know why someone would need a 600 controller.
black and grey 6/3/2014 7:35:00 PM Report

People who sit in the basement and play games for 20 hrs a day......get a life!!
soowat 6/3/2014 10:03:15 PM Report

The Youth Online Club

If he didn't ask you to use it or pay for it then it's none of your business why he needed it.
burnell 6/4/2014 6:38:23 AM Report

these officers are trained to spot idiots like you get a life bone head
crashed13 6/4/2014 8:05:59 AM Report

$606 controller! That must mean it's a $900 controller in Canada.
Lynds 6/4/2014 8:09:46 AM Report

"Min wage in Michigan presently is $9.00. Plus sales tax is only 6%."

It's not $9.00. New legislation passed made it go up to $9.20 by 2017, but right now it is $7.40.
ranny 6/4/2014 9:00:24 AM Report

@CB4 if yo feel the custom officer are harsh and treating us unfair in Sault area. Try Southern Ontario customs. They're worse than the ones up north.
S.M.A.R.T. 6/4/2014 11:37:32 AM Report

People who think that Canada Customs here in the Soo are in any way unreasonable need to give their head a shake. Just be honest with them and they'll be most accommodating.

As for health care and taxes, there is so much waste in the health care system such that it is severely undermined on the front lines. WAKE UP! And then move on to the Gas Plant Scandal, etc. for fine examples of unwise use of our tax dollars. Again. WAKE UP!

As for retail prices here in Canada there is a certain store that touts itself as Canada's store that routinely slashes its prices in its weekly flyer by 50% and well over 50% without batting an eye. That should tell us something about the reasonableness of its regular prices.
AlwaysAWinner 6/4/2014 12:54:30 PM Report

"As for retail prices here in Canada there is a certain store that touts itself as Canada's store that routinely slashes its prices in its weekly flyer by 50% and well over 50% without batting an eye. That should tell us something about the reasonableness of its regular prices."

you clearly have ZERO idea how a business is run if you have this mentality. seriously.
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