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Notice to industry - Changes to declaring non-commercial shipments containing CFIA regulated goods to the CBSA

As many importers and customs brokers are aware, before non-commercial shipments that contain CFIA regulated goods are imported into Canada, they must be declared to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Currently, declarations are either declared by faxing paperwork to CFIA, or submitted through one of the Agency's electronic declaration options, the Other Government Department (OGD) Pre-Arrival Review System (PARS), OGD Release on Minimum Documentation (RMD), or Integrated Import Declaration (IID) message systems.

Effective immediately, if you have the capability to declare electronically using OGD PARS / RMD or IID, you must declare all non-commercial using one of the Agency's electronic declaration options. Faxing import declaration paperwork to CFIA will no longer be an option for declaring non-commercial shipments for those capable of using OGD PARS / RMD or IID.

All those who declare CFIA regulated products to the CBSA are strongly encouraged to make the full transition to IID now.

If you are not certified for IID yet, contact the CBSA's Technical Commercial Client Unit:

For questions regarding declaring CFIA regulated products to the CBSA, please call the CFIA's National Import Service Centre at 1-800-835-4486 (Mississauga) or 1-877-493-0468 (Montreal).

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