The CBSA has announced a significant change to the NEXUS Program rules

Nov 06 13:11 2019 Print This Article

On October 25, 2019, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) announced that they were modernizing NEXUS kiosks across Canada, starting with Vancouver airport, to use facial recognition technology.  Hidden in the announcement is the following significant NEXUS Program rule change:

“It is also important to note that declarations will not be completed at the new kiosks. If you have something to declare you must do so verbally, to an officer, at a clearly marked area in the customs hall after using the kiosk.”

Since this announcement had been sent to all NEXUS members with an email address, the CBSA is likely to enforce the rule change immediately – that is now.

What this means that if you purchased, acquired or received anything, anything at all, NEXUS members MUST go to a CBSA officer and declare the item.  If you took the coffee or soaps from your hotel room, you must now see a CBSA Officer.  If you purchased goods valued at less than the personal exemption limit, you must go and speak to a CBSA Officer. If you have tobacco or alcohol within your personal exemption limit, you must go and speak to a CBSA Officer.  If you received a complimentary item at a conference you attended (even a single pen or pad of paper on which you wrote your notes), you must go and speak to a CBSA Officer.  If you have food, you must go any speak to a CBSA Officer. According to the CBSA, if you have any prescription medications, you must go and speak to a CBSA Officer.  If you have unaccompanied goods, you have to go and speak to a CBSA Officer. Essentially, only travelers who acquired nothing outside Canada (and who do not normally carry food or prescription medications) will not have to speak with a CBSA Officer.

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