Border numbers on rise
In December, Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) officers at the Fort Frances port of entry processed 59,670 travellers in 33,747 vehicles, which represents a 1.8 percent increase in travellers and a one percent increase in vehicles compared to December, 2011.
Eight charter buses carrying 165 passengers, 445 commercial trucks, and 540 pedestrians also were processed during the month.
Thirteen people were found to have various admissibility issues, 10 of which were given the option of voluntarily withdrawing their application to enter Canada.
The other three were allowed entry on a Temporary Visitor Permit.
On Dec. 10, a U.S. resident arrived at Fort Frances seeking entry to Canada. The individual had no place of residence and no income.
Officers gave him the option of voluntarily withdrawing his application to enter Canada and he returned to the United States.
On Dec. 29, a U.S. resident seeking entry to visit Northwestern Ontario was deemed inadmissible due to his criminality.
This individual had convictions for assault and still was on probation when he arrived at the port of entry.
He was given the option of voluntarily withdrawing his application to enter Canada and returned to the United States.
Also in December, CBSA officers conducted more than 580 secondary examinations for Customs purposes, initiated five seizure actions, and issued an additional 10 written warnings for non-declared or under-valued goods.
On Dec. 12, a returning Canadian resident was found to be the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant for theft under $5,000 in Manitoba.
The individual was detained and the matter referred to the RCMP.
The CBSA reminds travellers to truthfully declare all purchases and goods received outside of Canada upon their return.
Smuggling, under-valuation, and other Customs Act offences may lead to seizure and/or prosecution in a court of law.