Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

Canada Customs

The CBSA was created on December 12, 2003 as part of the new portfolio of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, which includes emergency preparedness, crisis management, national security, corrections, policing, oversight, crime prevention, as well as border services.

The CBSA brings together all the major players involved in facilitating legitimate cross-border traffic and supporting economic development while stopping people and goods that pose a potential risk to Canada. It integrates several key functions previously spread among three organizations:

  • the Customs program from the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency;
  • the Intelligence, Interdiction and Enforcement program from Citizenship and Immigration Canada;
  • the Import Inspection at Ports of Entry program from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

The CBSA’s role is to manage the nation’s borders by administering and enforcing about 75 domestic laws that govern trade and travel, as well as international agreements and conventions.

The work of the CBSA includes:

  • processing commercial goods, travelers, and conveyances, and identifying and interdicting high-risk individuals and goods;
  • conducting secondary inspections of food and agricultural products imported by travelers at airports;
  • conducting intelligence, such as screening visitors and immigrants and working with law enforcement agencies to maintain border integrity and ensure national security;
  • engaging in enforcement activities, including investigations, detentions, hearings, and removals;
  • supporting free trade negotiations;
  • conducting compliance audit reviews and dumping and subsidy investigations.

The CBSA operates at about 1,370 service points across Canada and nearly 40 locations abroad. It employs 10,000 public servants who serve some 170,000 commercial importers and more than 98 million travelers each year.

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