Auditor General: Border Officials Need to Close Gaps in Inspections of Imports
(Mike De Souza — Postmedia News)
Customs and border officials need to work harder to ensure that dangerous consumer products are not being imported into Canada, Auditor General Michael Ferguson said Tuesday.
While his audit found that most existing controls at the border were working well, it concluded that the Canada Border Services Agency is failing to meet standards identified by Health Canada for identifying and inspecting potentially dangerous items such as medical devices or pest-control products.
“Health Canada still expects that border services officers will refer shipments if they have concerns about compliance with the Department’s import requirements,” Ferguson wrote in the report. “The CBSA, however, does not have the same expectation of its officers for all Health Canada products.” Read more here.
Click here to read the AG’s report on Border Controls on Commercial Imports.
Date: April 4, 2012