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This Long Weekend Travel Info

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 4:59 PM Comments comments (34)
National - Travel Info For This Long Weekend - Happy Canada Day!
CBS Dawn Truell offers road trip advice for border-crossing travellers this long weekend
Ottawa, Ontario, June 30, 2015 — Many families are making their Canada Day travel plans this week. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) reminds vacationers and other travellers heading to the United States that now is the best time to prepare for a fast, efficient return across the border at the end of their holiday. Savvy travellers know that they can hone their vacation planning by using tips to get ahead. For those planning to travel, the CBSA offers the following smart crossing tips.
1. Beat the border rush. Cross at a non-peak time.
Try to plan crossing the border in the morning, especially if you cross on Saturday or Monday. Most lineups at the border start building in the afternoon and carry on throughout the evening. You can also use Border Wait Times services to check lineups at most major ports of entry. The lists are updated regularly, and you can subscribe by Twitter to see listings on the go. U.S.-bound or Canada-bound information is available.
2. Keep travel documents handy. An officer will scan them.
One of the best ways your family can save time returning to Canada is to make sure each passenger has the correct travel document handy and ready to give to the border services officer. A passport is the best bet. For even faster service, become a NEXUScard member and enjoy the benefits of an expedited border clearance process.
If you prefer to travel light while on the road, an enhanced driver's licence might be for you. Other acceptable forms of ID include: birth certificates with accompanying photo ID such as regular driver's licences; permanent resident cards; citizenship cards or certificates of Indian status.
3. Know your purchases, know where your receipts are, and know your exemptions and restrictions.
If your family has purchased goods in the U.S., mailed gifts, or made major repairs or upgrades to your vehicle or boat, you will need to declare the total value of your purchases and back your claim with the receipts. Each traveller is entitled to certainpersonal exemptions on items like alcohol and tobacco depending on the length of your visit, and this can save you money. Also remember that some goods will always berestricted in Canada, such as firearms. Take the time to know what you're bringing back to Canada, and that time will pay dividends at the border.
4. Know the contents of your vehicles.
It's as important to declare certain items in your vehicle and/or boat when you return to Canada. For example, if you have food tucked away in coolers or organic items such as soil (for example, in a bait container) or firewood, make sure you tell the border services officer. 

Bills online visible only..cons

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 10:22 AM Comments comments (15)
Has anyone noticed that since this miraculous inception of your bills going online visible only that suddenly you no longer know or remember what you owe to whom and when? Suddenly you get sent a threatening letter from so and so company that they're going to cut you off from whatever service they pertain to, you sit there and go whaaaaat? I've never missed a bill payment ever, now suddenly we no longer receive paper bills that are in our faces reminding us of what we owe and to whom and when! How many of you out there are with me on this one? Modern technology has extended itself in my opinion a little too far! Unless you are the type of person who has nothing better to do every day, you know like WORK, ya that's Work in order to pay those bills, yet has all day to sit on the computer and log in to every single site of every single service etc that is provided to us that we owe money to on a daily or monthly basis! I would like to petition all service company providers to please go back to sending us in the mail our statements! Yes I too am a tree hugger but I won't be hugging any trees in jail for non payment of bills that I didn't even know I had!!!!

California passes law allowing passengers in trucks

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (85)

California passed new law for trucking, truck drivers are allowed to bring passengers in their tractor with them now, I'm not talking about a tag team driver, I'm talking about any passenger. Now, are we opening up a giant can of worms here? Do you see where I'm going with this? Let's see if over the next year drug trafficking in California increases. Just sayin'
Wait till C-TPAT here's about this one!

KHAT Ketamine, one of the most dangerous drugs has hit our streets here

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (11)
By: Dawn Truell, President, Cross Border Services
KHAT hitting our streets in vast amounts
On August 7 this summer 72.8 kilograms of Ketamine, better known as KHAT, along with 23.5 kilograms of Norephedrine was found in a Toronto bound Sea Container at the Port of Montreal in 500 sacks of rice originating from India.
CBSA Officers at the Port of Montreal examined the container of rice and discovered the drugs, further contacting the RCMP for full investigation. The GTA SOC, Serious and Organized Crime section of the RCMP investigated trying to identify the individuals responsible for this illegal shipment of Ketamine and Norephedrine into Canada. Three male suspects in the Highway 27 and Woodbine Avenue area in Toronto were arrested; Itolo Mallozzi, 57 of Dufferin County, ON, Kevin Gowanlock, 49 of Orillia, ON and Amritbal Gill, 35 of Brampton, ON. This illegal shipment of drugs was linked not only to these individuals but also to organized crime. The three were charged with importing a controlled substance into Canada, possession for the purpose of trafficking and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.
Ketamine aka KHAT is a drug that very much worries this writer; it is one of the most dangerous drugs being trafficked today. It first came on the North American scene after the giant Rave explosion, often mixed with other drugs like methamphetamine. KHAT is a psychosomatic drug inducing paranoid psychosis. It originated from and is wide spread in Somalia. Also found in Ethiopia, Ertirea, Rwanda, Zaire, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkistan and Yemen. KHAT is so dangerous and has immediate effects on one’s brain. The so called recreational usage of this highly dangerous illegal drug is quite literally driving people “Mad”, causing severe psychiatric conditions and death. Increased seizures and trafficking of Ketamine in Canada have sparked increased heightened security awareness of this drug and the illegal importation by the organized crime groups.
 
For information regarding any topic listed above or anti smuggling, anti human trafficking and anti terrorism initiatives such as PIP, FAST, C-TPAT, CSA please contact Dawn Truell of Cross Border Services 905-973-9136 [email protected]  www.c-tpat-certified.com 
 

 

Recent Burlington Flood

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (12)
Burlington Flood - So how are we all doing with this recent Burlington Flood? Any stories anyone want to share with the rest of this world?
Mine - Lost everything in my basement from water heater & furnace to washer dryer furniture, carpets, walls but most importantly - no matter how wet they got I was insistent on saving my photos of my children! You can replace "things" but you cannot replace those memories that are sparked when looking at photos of our children as they grew up! 
How about you? What can you share with us?
Good luck everyone, if you need any advice or a simple "vent" chat on!
Dawn Truell

Tropical Storm near the Bahamas now

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 2:39 PM Comments comments (9)
Tropical Storm Cristobal has formed near the Bahamas.
http://abcnews.go.com/US/tropical-storm-cristobal-moving-north-hits-parts-bahamas/story?id=25103435 
Take care all and bat down those hatches, she's a coming!
Dawn Truell
President
Cross Border Services


Cross Border Services launches Pacific, Central & Northern branches

Posted on August 3, 2014 at 7:06 PM Comments comments (6)
CBS has launched new Pacific and Central branches servicing Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon Territory, Alaska, California, Washington, Oregon, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and now the entire U.S.A. and Canada are serviced. Welcome to all of North America!
Cross Border Services    www.c-tpat-certified.com   [email protected]  [email protected] 

Travellers Personal Exemptions Amounts

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (16)
I get asked this question on a daily basis so I am sharing this information with all of you out there, have a great summer of family travelling everyone! Take care and stay SAFE! 
President, CBS


The length of your absence from Canada determines the amount of goods you can bring back, without paying any duties.


Less than 24 hours

Personal exemptions do not apply to same-day cross-border shoppers.

24 hours or more

Up to CAN$200 – Alcohol and tobacco cannot be claimed. Goods must be in your possession at time of entry to Canada. If the value of the goods you have purchased abroad exceeds $200 after a 24 hour absence, duty and taxes are applicable on the entire amount of the imported goods.

48 hours or more

Up to CAN$800 – May include alcohol and tobacco products, within the prescribed limits set by provincial or territorial authorities. Goods must be in your possession at time of entry to Canada. Travellers absent for periods of 48 hours or more will have the applicable exemption level credited against the total value of goods.

7 days or more

Up to CAN$800 – May include alcohol and tobacco products, within the prescribed limits set by provincial or territorial authorities. For the seven-day exemption, goods may be in your possession at time of entry to Canada but are also permitted to follow entry to Canada (such as via courier, mail or delivery agency), except alcohol and tobacco products, which must be in your possession. All the goods will qualify for duty- and tax-free entry if they are declared at the initial return to Canada. 

C-TPAT Steps up it's requirements

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 9:56 AM Comments comments (6)
C-TPAT Steps up it's requirements for approvals within the C-TPATprogram. The C-TPAT stipulations have been boosted so high that it's nearly impossible now to gain Certification in the program. Please be advised to be very cautious and careful when applying to the C-TPATprogram and/or for continuing in the C-TPATprogram. Be sure to get sound advice from the true licensed expert on the C-TPATprogram, contactDawn Truell