CBSA Pacific Region intercepts nearly 900 kilograms of suspected cannabis bound for export

News release

August 24, 2022                     Delta, British Columbia                     Canada Border Services Agency       

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is committed to stopping the illegal movement of cannabis across Canada’s international borders.

On May 26, 2022, border services officers conducted an examination of a marine container set for export. With the assistance of a CBSA detector dog and using a wide range of detection tools and technology, officers discovered 1,036 vacuum-sealed bags of suspected cannabis. A total of 592 kilograms of suspected cannabis was seized.

On June 26, 2022, officers examined another shipment set for export and identified discrepancies within. Further examination resulted in the discovery of vacuum-sealed bags of suspected cannabis. A total of 100 bags of suspected cannabis weighing approximately 300 kilograms was seized.

Regardless of the mode of entry (air, marine, land, rail), it is illegal to bring cannabis (and cannabis products) into or out of Canada without a valid Health Canada permit or exemption. CBSA officers have the authority to examine in-bound shipments as well as goods for export. Personal, mail, courier, and commercial shipments are subject to the Customs Act and may be examined for prohibited goods, including cannabis and cannabis products.

Avoid seizures, fines or arrest: Don’t bring it into Canada. Don’t take it out of Canada.

Quotes

"Cannabis and cannabis products continue to remain illegal to import or export without a valid permit. I want to thank the CBSA employees for their continued work."

-        The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety

"Although cannabis has been legalized and regulated in Canada, it remains illegal to import or export cannabis and cannabis products without a valid permit or exemption issued by the Government of Canada. These significant seizures demonstrate our commitment to intercepting illegal narcotics – at import and export – and contributes directly to disrupting criminal organization activity."

-        Rahul Coelho, A/Director, Metro Vancouver District, Pacific Region, Canada Border Services Agency

Quick facts

  • For the latest cannabis statistics, visit Canada Border Services Agency seizures

  • The CBSA's Intelligence Section plays a key role in the identification of border-related threats and in protecting the safety and security of Canadians. Intelligence activities are conducted to identify individuals and entities that are of interest to the CBSA in connection to organized crime, drug smuggling, and other violations of the Customs Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

  • Border services officers are highly trained in examination techniques to intercept prohibited goods and illicit drugs from entering Canada. Officers look for indicators of deception and use intelligence as well as a risk management approach in determining which goods may warrant a closer look.

  • If you have information about suspicious cross-border activity, please contact the CBSA Border Watch Toll-Free Line at 1-888-502-9060.

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