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Frequent Importer Release System (FIRST)

Canada Customs

A Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Line Release System (LRS) import program that allows for the quick clearance of low-risk, low-revenue commercial shipments made on a regular basis into Canada. Frequent Canadian importers who have established a sound compliance record can apply for FIRST privileges.

For those accepted into the program, CBSA gives authorization numbers which appear on pre-approved import documents that identify FIRST shipments. When the goods arrive at the border, the carrier presents the import document with the bar-coded authorization and transaction number, a description of the goods and related invoices. CBSA inputs the barcode into a computer system to confirm that the importer has FIRST privileges for the goods on hand. The customs officer then decides whether to release the shipment or refer it for examination.

For information about CBSA and FIRST, go to: www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.

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